You can take what you saw UTSA do last season on offense and basically forget it, as not only is the personnel different, but the style as well.
For starters, because the Roadrunners lost so much talent, Larry Coker and company are going to go to a fast paced offense that utilizes plenty of no huddle.
Redshirt quarterback Blake Bogenshutz appeared in three games last season, starting one against Florida International.
In those three games, Bogenshutz completed 22 of 39 passes for 282 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.
We really don’t know who good he is, though his 6’0, 195-pound frame leaves something to be desired. What we do know is that it is asking a lot of him to expect an above average performance on the road.
UTSA lost its leading rusher in Daniel Glasco II and now starts Jarveon Williams, who ran seven times for 34 yards in last season’s meeting. He only carried the ball 66 times last season, so his workload is going to increase dramatically.
Redshirt freshman Jalen Rhodes will see carries behind Williams and is at 5’9 is more of a shifty back.
Slot receiver Aaron Grubb caught 23 passes for 202 yards last season and is the team’s leading pass catcher. He only started three games, so Thursday will be a relatively new experience for him as well.
Kerry Thomas will get one of the starting receiver spots and the 6’0, 200-pound sophomore saw action in 11 games last season. He only caught five balls, including a 47-yard touchdown against Western Kentucky.
Senior Kenny Bias is the program’s all-time leader with 18.8 yards per reception (36 for 676 yards) and six receiving touchdowns.
The best receiver the Roadrunners have may actually be at tight end. Senior David Morgan II. He caught 20 balls for 255 yards and one touchdown last season, but a young quarterback like Bogenshultz is likely to rely more on his tight ends.
If you are a fan of UTSA, your biggest concern is likely on the offensive line. The Roadrunners will be starting 6’2, 300-pound sophomore JUCO transfer Austin Pratt at center, as it will be his first career start.
The strong point on the offensive line is senior William Cavanaugh. The senior actually saw most of his time in camp at center, but UTSA moved him to right guard in order to maximize the overall potential of the offensive line.
Keys to the Game
Attack the youth: UTSA is one of the youngest teams in the country because it was one of the oldest last season. Arizona’s defense would be smart to mix things up and attack the more inexperienced players.
Contain the run: If Arizona can turn UTSA into a one dimensional team, it is going to be a long night for the Roadrunners. We assume Coker will want to try and establish the run to calm the quarterback down, so Arizona needs to get rid of that early.
Limit mistakes: You can say this for any team in the country, but Arizona doesn’t want to give the Roadrunners any extra chances it doesn’t deserve.