Scrimmage an Offensive Explosion

After battling a stiff defense for the better part of three weeks, the UTSA offense displayed their prowess on Saturday at an open scrimmage at Smithson Valley Stadium.

The UTSA first team offense got going early on the day and never looked back as they dominated an open scrimmage held at Smithson Valley Stadium on Saturday. Here are our notes from the scrimmage:

- Starting QB Tucker Carter was razor sharp. He passed for 3 touchdowns (12 for 17) and generally ran the offense well. Carter continued to display his experience in the offense as he hit multiple receivers in stride. His most impressive throw came on a 23 yard strike to WR Brandon Freeman. There was a stiff wind entering the stadium out of the south and Carter hit Freeman with a laser in the back corner of the endzone. The play was a double move that saw Carter sell the secondary on a nice pump fake. Carter's other play of note was a 36 yard strike to RB Brandon Armstrong on a wheel route. Working with a short field, Carter sold the play action pass good enough to get LB Jens Jeters to come up and make bite on the fake. Carter hit Armstrong in stride and celebration from the offensive coach's play box could be heard a few rooms down from where media were stationed.

- Several WRs had big days, most noteably was Aaron Grubb. On Wednesday we spoke with Aaron and he said his goal was to score a touchdown in this scrimmage. Well, Aaron scored two on the day: one a 7 yard rush on a WR end around and the other on a 42 yard strike from Carter. Carter and Grubb have shown they have a connection in this spring. On the touchdown pass, Grubb caught the ball in the seam at about the 25 yard line, made a move and scampered into the endzone.

- WRs Brandon Freeman, Seth Grubb, and Josiah Monore each had their names called the most, all three players recorded four receptions each.

- WR Kenny Bias may have had the most electric play of the day. On a tunnel screen, Bias took the ball 45 yards before being chased down from behind just short of the goal line.

- Back up QB Austin Robinson had some struggles offensively today. He threw two interceptions on two questionable throws. But he did settle in and have some good plays. Probably the second most electric play of the day came on a third and long where Robinson rolled out of the pocket to his left, tucked it and ran across the field for a 53 yard pickup. It was a flash of excitement in an otherwise pedestrian second team offense performance.

- The second team offense was mauled by penalties and mistakes all afternoon. Center Juan Perez continues to develop at center while the second team defense excelled against this group.

- We saw the most of starting RB David Glasco today. Glasco rushed 7 times for 25 yards. We also saw a bunch of Jarveon Williams as well. Williams ran for 32 yards on 6 carries. Both Williams and Glasco were very physical today.

- The first team offensive line had a good day. Center William Cavanuagh has done a good job filling in for the injured Nate Leonard. In Cavanaugh's place, OG Zach Hester appears to be answering Head Coach Larry Coker's challenge to step up. The starting line left to right was: Harris, Inskeep, Cavanaugh, Hester, and Walker.

- Defensively, Jason Neill had a good day as he put some pressure on QB Tucker Carter in the backfield. While Carter was able to escape more often than not, Neill did get him once recording a sack. Cody Rogers also had a good day leading the team with 6 tackles and 2 sacks.

- Tevin Broussard had a good day making a few plays, including an interception. Safety Chase Dahlquist also recorded an interception. Each player had 3 tackles.

- Dalton Miller also had another good day. Miller was in the backfield several times. He recorded a team high 6 tackles and tipped two passes at the line of scrimmage.

- On special teams, we got our first look at punter Daniel Portillo. It was a tough day for Portillo as he punted directly into a stiff wind. His longest punt was about 35 yards on the day.

- Place Kicker Sean Ianno was a perfect 4-4 on the day, including two from 50+.

- WR Kam Jones did not participate in the scrimmage and is sidelined with a concussion.

- RB Brian Vaughn did not participate in the scrimmage and is sidelined with a shoulder injury. Vaughn will miss the remainder of spring with that injury.

- OL Payton Rion did not participate in the scrimmage and is nursing a hamstring.

- WR Marcellus Mack missed the scrimmage due to a personal issue.

- We interviewed Head Coach Larry Coker, Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown, QB Tucker Carter, RB David Glasco, and WR Aaron Grubb.

- Official attendance at the scrimmage was 311.

- Next media availability is Wednesday, April 12.

Game Stats (Courtesy of UTSA)

Scoring Drives:
- Tucker Carter 42-yard pass to Aaron Grubb
- Aaron Grubb 7-yard rush
- Ianno 35-yard field goal
•- Carter 36-yard pass to Brandon Armstrong
•- Carter 23-yard pass to Brandon Freeman
•- Ianno 55-yard field goal
•- Ianno 27-yard field goal
•- Ianno 53-yard field goal

Offensive Stats:
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD): Robinson 8-62-0; Williams 6-32-0; Glasco 7-25-0; Armstrong 4-11-0; A.Grubb 1-7-1; Coleman 2-6-0; Carter 5-1-0; Bias 2-(-10)-0
Passing (Comp-Att-Yds-TD-INT): Carter 12-17-247-3-0; Robinson 10-21-52-0-2
Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD): Bias 2-75-0; Freeman 4-71-1; A.Grubb 1-42-1; Armstrong 2-31-1; Holmes 2-28-0; S.Grubb 4-23-0; Monroe 4-14-0; Hesler 1-7-0; Clay 1-4-0; Harrison 1-4-0

Defensive Stats:
Tackles: Brooks 6; Miller 6; Lizcano 4; O'Neal 4; Terry 4; Baker 3; Blow 3; Broussard 3; Dahlquist 3; Jeters 3; Neill 3; Sanchez 3; Ubabuike 3; Wheeler 3; Burge 2; Douglas 2; Egwuagu 2; Johnston 2; Lee Jr. 2; Rogers 2; Wade 2; Adams 1; Bailey 1; Eddins 1; Henricks 1; Macon 1; Singletary 1; Starling 1; Watkins 1
Sacks (No-Yards): Brooks 2-12; Neill 1-5
Interceptions: Broussard 1; Dahlquist 1
Pass Breakups: Miller 2; Adams 1; Macon 1; Starling 1

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