Spring Game Standouts

We take a look at some of the standouts from Saturday's Spring Game.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS

Quarterbacks:
Blake Bogenschutz: He played as good as you could expect him to play. 15 for 23 for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did miss a few open receivers high in the beginning of the scrimmage but after awhile, he settled in. Bogenschutz had good command of the offense and was a very good on the field leader.
Austin Robinson: He played good as well. 10 for 16 for 90 yards and 1 touchdown. He did have one interception but Robinson has improved. He's changed some of his mechanics and overall he just looks a lot more comfortable in the offense.

Running Backs:
Jalen Rhodes: Was the game's leading rusher going for 43 yards on 8 carries. Rhodes was quick, shifty, and hit the holes fast. He looks very much the part of a D1 RB and should emerge as a contributor in the backfield.
Brian Vaughn: In the mold of a Brandon Armstrong, Vaughn did well as a change of pace option. He carried the ball 5 times for 21 yards and caught 1 pass for 8 yards. Finally healthy, Vaughn appears to be a change of pace type of back that UTSA will use in various situations.
Tyrell Clay: He came out as the starter with the second team. That may have been by design but Clay made an almost-immediate impact. With good speed, Clay ran hard picking up those tough yards. He rushed 6 times for 17 yards.

Wide Receivers:
Greg Campbell: The top offensive performer on the day, Campbell reeled in 8 catches for 91 yards. Most of his yards came on a 67 yard catch and run where he showed off his break away speed.
Kerry Thomas: Thomas and Kenny Bias may end up becoming Bogenschutz's favorite target. Thomas caught 4 passes for 69 yards. Most of his yards came on a 51 yard pass play where he and Bogenschutz executed a double move to perfection. While Bias (who caught 2 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown himself) may likely be the most dynamic WR threat, Thomas may be the most complete WR to play in 2015.
Larry Stephens: The local product looked very good with the second team. He caught 5 passes for 44 yards with 1 touchdown. A mainstay on the scout team in the past, Stephens is working his way up and could sneak into the rotation.

Tight Ends:
It was a quiet day from the group, which means that for the most part, they did their job in the various blocking schemes the offense has. David Morgan and Triston Crossland each had a few catches. Crossland looked the part on both of his receptions

Offensive Line:
Juan Perez: He may be the most versatile player on the offensive line. Likely the starting center next fall, Perez played okay at right tackle. A little undersized, he makes up for it with his footwork. <
Clayton Woods: I continue to be impressed with how well the true freshman has played this fall. There were some protection issues on Saturday but not as much as you would expect from a player who was in high school a few months ago. Woods has shown this spring that he is capable and has added depth to a position that sorely needs it.


DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS

Defensive Line:
Kennedy Ubabuike, Kevin Strong, Jason Neill, and Marcos Davenport each played well. Davenport and Neill are expected to be contributors along the d-line this upcoming season, so their contributions were expected. But Ubabuike and Strong came into this spring as somewhat question marks. On Saturday, they both played very well. Ubabuike lead the d-line with 5 total tackles, Strong was right behind him with 4 tackles. These two may not be starters in the fall, but based on their production in the spring, they may crack the two-deep.

Linebackers:
Marcos Curry was the game's leading tackler with 9 total tackles including 1 sack for a 7 yard loss. Overall, Curry has emerged as the #1 Hawk LB this fall. His backup, Juco Lakel Bass, also played well, recording 4 tackles, including 1 sack for a 4 yard loss. Both Hawk LBs are very similar, but Curry may have a slight advantage being that he's been a part of the program longer. At the Mike LB, Drew Douglas was Drew Douglas, recording 3 tackles with a 1 sack. Dalton Miller even got into the mix ith 4 tackles. Overall, a very good day by all 4 linebackers.

Defensive Backs:
It was a quiet day from the secondary on Saturday. A few players did standout. Carl Austin had an interception he returned for a touchdown. The newcomer looked very much the part with the second team. Aneas Henricks and Stanley Dye both played very well at cornerbacks. Those two, along with Nkeal Bailey, played pretty well Saturday and may all push for playing time opposite of Bennett Okotcha this fall. Again, not too much from the safeties but Michael Egwuagu did record 3 tackles with 1 sack.


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