Interview with UTSA Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown presented by Pat Clynes and The Fritz Kennel in Houston, Texas
How was Tuesday’s practice?
It was pretty good. We went 24 periods in pull pads, I thought they did pretty good.
How are the quarterbacks looking?
Good. We’re young. Dalton (Sturm) has gotten plenty of reps this fall so far. Manny (Harris) and Jaylon (Henderson) kind of went back and forth with the other reps. We’re bringing those guys along.
How would you feel going into La Tech if Dalton Sturm had to start?
I feel good. I feel like he’s ready, he’s been in ball games. That’s why we get those young quarterbacks in the game early in the year to see what they can do. You’re not going to be in a better environment than Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was at Western Kentucky last year, stepped in, did a good job. He’s got experience in that type of environment. I feel good about him.
What did you see from your offense in the UTEP game?
Number one, we took care of the football, minus the snap over the head. That’s the biggest thing, you win the turnover battle, you’re probably going to win the game. In those conditions, it’s wet, it’s windy, it’s rainy, it’s on the road, UTEP they held us to two first downs/70 yards last year so taking care of the ball and handling all of the movement was a big emphasis. We got Jarveon (Williams) loose a little bit. I thought we did a good job versus man coverage. I think we hit six press-man verticals. A couple of those got called back but it’s good to see that, I hadn’t seen that many in awhile. We sputtered a little bit early, but they kept punching. You got two lightning delays, some times that’s tough for momentum purposes. Again, the snap over the head is inexcusable. We’ve got to put the ball in the endzone when we get a turnover, that’s the other part. The defense and special teams caused five turnovers, we’ve got to turn those into seven points and not settle for field goals. So a lot of good but things we’ve got to do a better job of.
Did you expect to rush Jarveon Williams that many times?
Yeah. We’re going to give it to him as many times as we can, within reason. You seen when he touches the ball, he makes things happen.
Is Jarveon’s success a reflection of his offseason preparation?
I think a little bit but it’s also he’s kind of waited his turn and now he’s the guy. In the past it’s been Glasco, it’s been Okotcha, it’s been Brandon Armstrong, and Jarveon. We told him all summer “hey you’ve got to realize man, this is your job now.” I think he’s taken it and ran with it. And you know what, he’s getting in better condition to handle those 28 carries too.
What are the challenges in La Tech’s defense?
Well, a lot of movement, kind of like we saw last week. They do a good job of getting three down four down and bringing it on third down. So it’s a lot of the same game plan as last week, got to handle all of the movement, be on the same page and communicate.
La Tech blitzed a lot last season. Do you expect that?
You know, I don’t know. They’ve kind of been different from week to week. A couple of teams they brought the house and played man and the other one they were a little more conservative. We’ve got to be prepared for all that. Personnel-wise, I think their d-line is really good, I think their secondary is really good. So there’s nothing you can peg and say “hey that’s the weak link.” I think their a good defense, we’ll have our work cutout for us.
If Dalton Sturm starts, do you want him to stay in the pocket more?
No, I think you tweak things to fit the personnel you’ve got. Obviously, Dalton is an explosive runner. If he’s the guy Saturday, and it doesn’t change drastically if Blake’s the guy. The game plan is still going to be the same. But yeah, he (Dalton) gives us that in the run game too.
How is Blake Bogenschutz doing?
He’s doing good. He’s doing good. He wants to be out here practicing, I’ll tell you that. If it was up to him, he’d be practicing. But we’ve got to be smart. Health comes first. (Head Athletic Trainer) Jerry Greeson does a good job taking care of those guys. We’re going to take care of him, make sure the health is right first.