Now that the spring has concluded, we grade how each unit performed.
UTSA Football 2015 Spring Report Card
Quarterbacks: B+ (87)
Blake Bogenschutz leaves the spring as a capable day one starter. Coming off the break in his throwing hand, Bogenschutz has done everything they asked from him this spring. Austin Robinson has improved and is more capable now vs this time last year. Depth keeps this position from being an A. With only four QBs on the roster this spring, UTSA was in a precarious position ,but they were able to keep everyone healthy awhile making improvements.
Offensive Line: B- (80)
Juan Perez's hand injury forced him to the outside for most of this spring. That gave some valuable practice time to true freshman Clayton Woods. With Jordan Gray expected to contribute at tackle as well, the first team offensive line is a serviceable unit under first year coach Mike Markuson. The huge question is what if someone goes down. There is a huge fall off from the first team offensive line to the second team offensive line. The players on the first team this spring (Darragh, McKinney, Woods, Cavanaugh, and Perez/Cole) all had very good springs. Woods and Cole got invaluable reps. From a standpoint of improvement, this line appears more talented than the one that took the field in 2014. But concerns with youth and depth are valid.
Running Backs: A- (90)
Speed and talent. Jarveon Williams, Jalen Rhodes, Brian Vaughn, and Tyrell Clay have all had very good spring practices. The unit as a good mix of different styles of runners. While Williams had a relatively quiet spring, he is a proven commodity and should be expect to be the workhorse among the group.
Wide Receivers: B- (83)
Aaron Grubb missed the last week of the spring but Grubb, Kenny Bias, and Kerry Thomas will emerge enter the 2015 season as the top three WRs. Bias, who has had a bit of a renaissance this spring, emerged as a legitimate deep threat while Thomas is showing more and more that he is a complete WR.
Tight Ends: B (85)
We didn't see a lot of stats from the tight end position this spring. But David Morgan is a proven commodity and he stayed healthy this spring. After years of struggling with various aliments, that's something to note. We saw the emergence of Trevor Stevens and Cameron Oliver in two-tight end sets. Their contributions to the offense should not go unnoticed as these two tight end sets will keep defense's guessing.
OVERALL OFFENSE: B (85)
Defensive Line: B- (80)
Down two key contributors, the d-line made the most with a bunch of new faces. Vontrell Williams, Jason Neill, and Marcus Davenport all had very good springs. We didn't see a lot from some of the newer players, with the exception of Williams, who has the chance to come in and make an immediate impact next fall. It will be interesting to see how this unit develops. There is certainly talent and depth there.
Linebackers: B+ (88)
You could not have asked from anything more from the four linebackers. UTSA has a solid two-deep at each position. Newcomer Lakel Bass has picked up on the schemes almost immediately. Senior Drew Douglas has emerged as one of the team's leaders. The only thing keeping this unit from being an A is added depth.
Corner Backs: B- (80)
Bennett Okotcha should be penciled in as one of the starters. Opposite him, we saw four players battled it out this spring for playing time: Stanley Dye, Trevor Baker, Aneas Henricks, and Nkeal Bailey. Baker missed the last half of the spring with injury. It will be interesting if one of those four players rises to the top. No one had a particular great spring game, but the unit overall seems to have improved.
Safeties: B- (80)
Maurico Sanchez, Nate Gaines, and Michael Egwuagu all had good springs as starters. After that, we didn't see much from their backups. Chase Dahlquist missed all of the spring with an injury. Austin Jupe missed the last part of spring as well. Justin Chavez saw some time as backup. There is youth and depth and this position.
OVERALL DEFENSE: B- (82)
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