Spring Practice Report 4.23.14

On Wednesday, UTSA held their last spring practice prior to their Spring Game. In more of a "walk-through" setting, the ‘Runners made final preparations for Saturday's showcase.

Here are some notes from today's practice:

- UTSA held a non-contact practice on Wednesday. For about an hour, players ran through various situations and scenarios in a scrimmage-like setting. It was a non-contact practice with players not in full pads but in shells.

- QB Tucker Carter again showed his consistency running the first team offense at a brisk pace. Many of the routes were intermediate today but he connected several times with both WRs Kenny Harrison and Marcellus Mack. Harrison and Mack have emerged as Carter's favorite targets.

- Backup QB Austin Robinson continued to show improvement, at one point completing three passes in a row. While he timing and reads still need work, Robinson has made significant improvement from the open scrimmage held two weeks ago at Smithson Valley. Overall, he just looks much more comfortable in the pocket.

- Tight End Cole Hubble has had himself a relatively good spring and a good day today. Even though we're not seeing a ton of pass go his way, Hubble has done a solid job in run/pass blocking. So much so today that both Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown and Head Coach Larry Coker praised Hubble on the field and pointed him out as an example for the other tight ends.

- The three-headed monster at RB continued today with a heavy dose of David Glasco and Jarveon Williams, with some Brandon Armstrong being sprinkled in. In the first dozen or so plays in a quasi-scrimmage, which Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown later said was scripted, each of the three RBs touched the ball with Glasco and Williams seeing multiple looks.

- Defensively we saw Jason Neill and Cody Rogers close out the spring the way it began: causing havoc in the backfield. Both players made several good plays on the day.

- A name to remember in the secondary is walk-on Safety Duke Wheeler. A Junior from Tyler, TX, Wheeler has seen a bunch of reps with Brian King being out with injury. Today, Wheeler made two very athletic pass break ups and looked comfortable in the schemes with the second team.

- With the day being a no-contact day, the defense ran almost at half speed, but that didn't keep the secondary from flying around and making plays. CBs Crosby Adams and Darrien Starling each had very good practices as well, both players getting in there and breaking up passes. On a quick slant from Robinson, Starling jumped the route and intercepted the pass.

- Mike LBs Blake Terry and Drew Douglas rotated in and out of reps with the first team today. Both actually looking good in coverage with Terry breaking up a pass and nearly intercepting another.

- WR Kam Jones (concussion) fully returned to practice and was included during various parts of practice.

- We interviewed Head Coach Larry Coker, Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown, RB Brandon Armstrong, and DT Ferrington Macon.

- Next media availability is Saturday at the Spring Game.

- Saturday will be UTSA's fourth spring game. It is at 1 pm at the Alamodome

- The spring game will be offense vs defense and will be four 12-minute quarters with normal clock rules. There will be 10-minute halftime.

- The scoring for the spring game will be as follows:
-Offense — touchdown=6; field goal=3; two-point conversion=2; extra point=1; first down=1
-Defense — touchdown=6; takeaway/safety=5 (trumps a stop); stop (drive with no points)=3; two-point conversion=2; extra point=1

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