UTSA Football Practice Report 9.7.15

It’s brand new week as UTSA hosts Kansas State in their home-opener on Saturday. UTSA held practice on a steamy Monday afternoon. InsideRunnerSports brings you our practice report.

UTSA Football Practice Report:

Arizona in the Rearview: UTSA graded out film on Saturday and began working on preparing for the home-opening game vs Kansas State on Sunday. By the time the ‘Runners hit the practice field on Monday, UTSA had already processed everything they needed to about the loss and were ready to face their next challenge.

Quick Offensive Pace: UTSA ran a total of 96 plays from scrimmage Thursday night in Arizona. In a typical game, UTSA would run about 30 less plays. QB Blake Bogenschutz said he was pleased with the pace of the offense toward the end but said that the pace was a little slow to start.

Perez Still Banged Up: Head Coach Larry Coker said that regular starting Center Juan Perez-Isidoro is doubtful to play vs K-State. Coaches were expecting Perez, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury for several weeks, could be ready to go by this week. As of Monday, he was not cleared to play.

O-Line Improvement: Coach Coker credited better talent and coaching for the improvement in the offensive line. The patchwork unit helped UTSA rack up a program record 525 yards of offense vs Arizona.

Morgan’s Career-Night: In the shadows of Blake Bogenschutz’s record-setting performance on Thursday night was TE David Morgan’s career night. The Marble Falls-native broke the school record for number of receptions (9) and had a career-high 109 receiving yards. Following Monday’s practice Morgan said the team is close to having a break-out win vs a big program: "It's time. We've been so close so many times. It's time to take that next step."

Rhodes Displays Talent: For the first time in three years, RB Jalen Rhodes played in an actual game. The speedy back from Rowlett has been injured on and off since signing with UTSA out of high school. All he did in his first action was rush or 66 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown. While he wasn’t expecting that much action, Rhodes says he pleased with his performance saying: "It was like it was Friday night lights again. I felt good, I was happy, my legs were fresh. It was a great experience."

Strong Also Makes Debut: Redshirt Freshman Kevin Strong logged about twenty snaps at the three-technique defensive tackle position. For the most-part, Strong played very well. He got into the backfield and recorded 2 tackles for loss. Strong said: “It was amazing. I can't explain the feeling. It was just great to be able to help out my team.”

Updated Depth Chart: On Sunday, UTSA updated it’s two-deep depth chart. While there wasn’t many changes there were a few things to note: Normal starting Center Juan Perez-Isidoro is still not listed, Juco transfer Ben Kane cracks the two-deep at DE; Freshman Isaiah Santos cracks two deep at Dawg Safety (Santos did not travel to Arizona last week); expected Dawg Safety Backup Chase Dahlquist is not listed on the two deep,; expected starting CB Trevor Baker is not listed on the two deep.

Video: Head Coach Larry Coker

Video: QB Blake Bogenschutz

Inside Runner Sports Top Stories