Defense Wins Spring Game, 52-33

The UTSA defense jumped out on the offense early and never surrendered a big lead in the Roadrunners' fourth annual Spring Game. InsideRunnerSports provides you a recap.

An estimated 3,200 fans filed into the Alamodome on Saturday for UTSA's fourth annual spring game. With high expectations for a high-powered offensive showcase, fans were treated with a lockdown effort by the Hard Hat Defense.

Here are some notes from today's spring game:

- The battle in the trenches was won by the defense early and often, that set the tone for the day as the offense had trouble getting into any rhythm. There isn't much to say on the UTSA defensive line that we haven't written several times. The line is good, has depth, has experience, and has the capability to be one of the best in Conference USA in 2014. That was on fully display Saturday and was a large part of the offense's struggles.

- Initially, the offense looked like they wanted to take some shots down the field with some early pass plays that fell incomplete. After that initial fluster, we saw a steady flow of rushing. In the end, the offense passed more than rushed (56 to 45), but many of those passes came late when the game was no longer in doubt.

- The first true score didn't come until late in the second quarter on a 28 yard field goal. Other than a few passes underneath the coverage, there was little action offensively in the first half.

- Starting QB Tucker Carter didn't have his sharpest day of the spring throwing 11 for 22 with an interception. But he did have some nice plays, including a 69 yard touchdown pass to WR Kenny Harrison at the beginning of the second half. For as well as Carter has looked during this spring, he still had minimal live-game action. At the end of the day, Carter's knowledge and abilities should allow him to execute the offense just fine, but that doesn't change the fact that both Carter and the offense looked much sharper in each of the past two scrimmages the last two weeks.

- Safety Chase Dahlquist made a pair of game-changing plays by forcing a fumble and intercepting a pass. Dahlquist rotatated in and out of the game. Safety Tevin Broussard also recorded an interception on the day.

- The secondary as a whole played extremely well. CB's Crosby Adams and Darrien Starling each had both really good games with seemingly air-tight coverage limiting production for the WRs.

- DE Justyn Eddins finished his spring strong. After a good showing at the last practice, Eddins followed it up with a big performance causing havoc in the backfield. DE Codie Brooks had the best day for the Hard Hat Defense. Brooks recorded 7 tackles and 2 sacks.

- It was a strange day for WRs as the usual suspects who have stepped up so far in the spring had a relatively quiet day. WR Josiah Monroe had a huge day catching 8 passes. Other than that, it was a low key day from the wideouts.

- Entering the spring, there was some thought there would be some depth issues at the linebacker positions. Both the Hawk and Mike positions appear to have a solid two-deep rotation coming out of this spring. Nothing flashy but the likes of Jens Jeters, Dalton Miller, Drew Douglas, and Blake Terry have all improved.

- Backup QB Austin Robinson looked more comfortable in the offensive today than he has all spring. While he still struggled on some of his secondary passing reads, Robinson's athletic ability was on display as he broke out of the pocket several times. Robinson was among the leading rushers for UTSA on the day.

FINAL STATS

Passing
- QB Tucker Carter: 125 yards, 11 for 22, 1 touchdown, 1 int
- QB Austin Robinson: 164 4yards, 20 for 34, 2 ints

Rushing
- RB Brandon Armstrong: 29 yards, 11 carries
- QB Austin Robinson: 25 yards, 12 carries
- RB David Glasco II: 24 yards, 11 carries

Receiving
- WR Josiah Monore: 58 yards, 8 receptions
- WR Earon Holmes: 46 yards, 3 receptions
- WR Sean Hesler: 30 yards, 3 receptions
- RB Brandon Armstrong: 22 yards, 3 receptions
- WR Kam Jones: 19 yards, 3 receptions All-Purpose Yards
- WR Kenny Harrison: 69 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
- WR Josiah Monroe: 58 receiving yards
- RB Brandon Armstrong: 29 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards
- WR Earon Holmes: 49 receiving yards

Defense
- LB Blake Terry: 7 tackles
- DE Codie Brooks: 7 tackles, 2 sacks for 11 yard loss
- S Nic Johnston: 5 tackles, 1 sack for 2 yard loss
- LB Dalton Miller: 5 tackles, 1 sack for 1 yard loss
- DE Justin Eddins: 4 tackles, 1 sack for 2 yard loss, 1 pass break up
- DT Jason Neill: 3 tackles, 2 sacks for 12 yard loss
- DE Robert Singletary: 3 tackles, 1 sack for 2 yard loss
- S Chase Dahlquist: 2 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 int
- DE Cody Rogers: 2 tackles, 1 sack for 10 yard loss
- S Tevin Broussard: 1 int
- CB Crosby Adams: 1 int

- RB Treston Coleman was injured early in the game and did not return
- RB Jarveon Williams was injured early in the game and did not return.
- Head Coach Larry Coker characterized both injuries as minimal in nature.
- The following players did not dress: Andre Brown, Blake Dean, Brian King, Nate Leonard, Miles Lerch, Ashaad Mabry, David Morgan, Jalen Rhodes, Payton Rion, and Brian Vaughn.
- We interviewed Head Coach Larry Coker, DE Codie Brooks, QB Tucker Carter, QB Austin Robinson, CB Crosby Adams and will have interviews posted later.

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