UTSA Offensive Preview

UTSA will travel to Tucson for a matchup with Arizona on Saturday night. Read on for a closer look at the offense the Roadrunners will bring to the desert, including which players to watch for.

On Saturday night, Arizona will wrap up its non-conference schedule with a game against UTSA. The Roadrunners will make their second road trip of the year for a matchup in Tucson.

It won't be all fun and games for the Wildcats, who are coming off an easy victory over the UNLV Runnin' Rebels, as UTSA will boast the top offense that Arizona has seen this season.

The Roadrunners are averaging 28 points per game, as well as 449 total yards per contest, which is better than Arizona's 435 yards per outing.

However, both teams are opposites in terms of how they get their yardage. UTSA gets most of its yards through the air, averaging 303 yards a night, while Arizona averages 351.5 rushing yards per game.

The key to the offense for UTSA is senior quarterback Eric Soza. The signal caller is considered to be a dual-threat quarterback and may even be one that Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez would want on his own sidelines.

Soza does it all for his team. The quarterback averages 272.5 yards per game through the air, completing sixty percent of his passes. He has thrown five touchdowns in two games, but also threw two interceptions against Oklahoma State a week ago after having a spotless record in the opener.

In addition, Soza is also the Roadrunners leading rusher. He has carried the ball a team-high seventeen times for an average of 36.5 yards per game. The quarterback doesn't have any touchdowns, but his team has just two rushing touchdowns all season.

The running game for the Roadrunners has been spread out evenly with many different players. Six different UTSA players, not counting quarterbacks, have rushed the ball this season. David Glasco II is the starting running back, but is fifth in rushing yards per game with 19. Glasco has a rushing and receiving touchdown.

Evans Okotcha is the second string back and is currently the second leading rusher behind Soza. Okotcha has rushed seventeen times this season for 52 yards overall.

Junior athlete Kam Jones is the team's third leading rusher even though he is actually a receiver. Jones has lined up in the Wildcat formation a few times and has rushed seven times for an average of 22.5 yards per game.

Jones is also UTSA's leading receiver. He has caught nine passes in two games and has accumulated 104 receiving yards on those catches.

Saturday will also mark the second straight game that the Wildcats will have to contain an opposing player with big-play capability. Kenny Bias has only caught five passes for the Roadrunners this season, but two of those have gone for touchdowns. He also leads the team in receiving yards with those five grabs.

The Roadrunner offense will be the Arizona defense's last true test before heading into the season. Jeff Casteel has made progress with the defense so far, but he and everyone else will continue to learn where the defense stands after this game.

Players to watch:

#8- QB, Eric Soza: The senior is the most dangerous player on the field. He can hurt defenses with his arm or his legs. Soza is still somewhat inaccurate as a thrower, but has plenty of quality receivers that can get open and make plays.

#1- WR, Kam Jones: The receiver is the go-to guy for the Roadrunners, as he leads the team in catches and receiving yards. He has also lined up in the Wildcat formation twice this season. Jones will definitely get his share of touches on Saturday.

#81- WR, Kenny Bias: The sophomore is one of the most explosive players on the team. He is second on the team in touchdowns, behind Soza, and will look to add onto that against Arizona. Bias won't start on Saturday, but will have to be watched when he gets on the field.

Keys to the game:

1. Contain Soza: The senior is the most dangerous player on the field at any given time. He leads the team in rushing and is a good quarterback as well. If he needs to, Soza will carry the team on his back, so it is important for Arizona to keep a defender on him at all times.

2. Be solid on third downs: Arizona has been good at holding opposing offenses to minimal yardage on first and second downs, allowing the SWAT team to get on the field. With several younger players being part of the third-down defense, it is important that they don't have many let downs.

3. Continue forcing turnovers: The Wildcats have been great at taking the ball away from opponents so far this season. Arizona is averaging 2.5 takeaways per game, all of which have been interceptions. Soza threw two picks in his last appearance, so the defensive backs should be trying clog passing lanes and grabbing errant passes.

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