UTSA Football 3.28.15 Practice Notes -In what appears to be a shift in mentality, UTSA ran nearly an exclusive uptempo, hurry up offense in their scrimmage portion of their practice on Saturday. Similar to what is commonly referred to as their two-minute drill, or “Nascar” offense, coaches signaled in plays from the sidelines to the offense. Without a huddle, the offense went to work. Quarterbacks did not wear wristbands that contained various plays. Instead, the actual play was signaled into the whole unit. Backup QB Austin Robinson talked about new uptempo attack saying “it's a 180 from last season.”
-Another wrinkle of this new uptempo offense is that we didn't see a lot of substitutions at the WR position. In the past, UTSA has platooned a slew of players in and out at the WR position, we did not see that on Saturday.
-We saw a different first unit offense line. True Freshman Clayton Woods was the first team center. The expected regular center, Juan Perez, moved to right tackle. Perez had a cast on his snapping hand. Following practice, Head Coach Larry Coker said he has a break in his hand. The starting line (right to left) was Juan Perez, William Cavanaugh, Clayton Woods, Kyle McKinney, and Reed Darragh. After a few series we saw Cody Cole see some action at the right tackle position. It appears that we may see several players at that RT spot. Remember, Senior Jordan Gray is out of this spring with an injury. Last season, Gray split time at RT.
-Blake Bogenschutz was the clear number 1 QB on the field. Bogenschutz had good command of the offense and was generally good in short and intermediate reads. It was a very windy day Sunday so we didn't see a lot of balls thrown down the field. But overall, Bogenschutz showed he's the clear cut #1 this spring.
-Backup QB Austin Robinson has shown signs of improvement. Over the offseason, Robinson changed his throwing motion slightly. According to the Houston-native, he's also modified his footwork.
-We didn't see a lot of offsense firepower on Saturday but what when we did see it, it came from the usual suspects. Tight End David Morgan mad an acrobatic one-handed catch along the sidelines the drew a roar of approval from the crowd. Later in the scrimmage, Running Back Jarveon Williams took a check-down pass from Blake Bogenschutz and scampered his way into the endzone. Afterwards, he celebrated with a dance move.
-Kerry Thomas may have had the best day on the offensive side of the ball. The sophomore caught a handful of passes (4 by our count) and didn't drop anything thrown his way. Developing as a legit threat for the offense, keep an eye on Thomas as the rest of the spring goes on.
-Brian Vaughn split reps with Jarveon Williams with the first team. Coming off an injury that held him out all of last season, Vaughn's speed is very noticeable. He may have another gear that only a few other players on the team have.
-Jalen Rhodes also looks the part as he ran primarily with the second team. Another player who sat out all of last season, Rhodes is looking like he'll develop into a good backup to Williams.
-Defensively we got our first real good look at DT Vontrell Williams. Listed at 6-2/325lbs, Williams was a plug in the middle of the line. He saw first-team reps with Senior Kennedy Ubabuike. On the ends, Jason Neill and Marcus Davenport saw most of the action.
-DT Jospeh Brooks was seen on crutches Saturday. Defensive line Coach Eric Roark said following the scrimmage that Brooks would likely miss an extended amount of time and could become a candidate for a redshirt. Brooks was a grey shirt from the 2014 signing class.
-Defesnisve Line Coach Eric Roark reiterated that he wanted to have up to two players rotating at each position. In this spring, the numbers are not there, especially with expected key contributors Brian Price and Codie Brooks out. But in the fall, Roark should have the flexibility he wants to rotate players in and out. Roark also mentioned redshirt Freshman Kevin Strong as a potential key contributor as well as each of the new Juco players.
-Senior Safety Mauricio Sanchez had a good day practice. Simply put, the elder statesman was everywhere. Being a part of the team for so long, Sanchez has become one of the leaders on and off the field. Currently, Sanchez is working with the special teams in front of Baylor transfer Austin Jupe.
-According to Safeties Coach Perry Elliano, Nate Gaines has cemented himself as the top Free Safety. The young talent saw some action at that position last season as a true freshman last season.
-Dawg Safety Michael Egwuagu may have been the most animated player on the field Saturday. The junior from Pflugerville is emerging as one of the defense's leaders.
-We didn't see a lot from the corners and linebackers. That's primarily a function of the quick-paced/hurry up offense.
-Saturday's practice was #5 of 15 scheduled this spring. The next media availability will be for practice #7 on Wednesday.
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