UTSA Football Practice Notes from 10.7.15
Bogenschutz Out: Head Coach Larry Coker announced Wednesday that starting QB Blake Bogenschutz would be out for Saturday’s game vs La Tech. When asked for specifics on Bogenschutz’s injury, Coker declined to comment. In El Paso, Bogenschutz was knocked out of the game when a defender jumped on his head/neck when a shotgun snap was sent over his head.
Sturm To Start: Walk-on Sophomore QB Dalton Sturm will make his first-career start this Saturday. Sturm has appeared in three games this season (Oklahoma State, Colorado State, and UTEP). He’s completed 7 of 15 passes for 109 yards. He’s rushed 16 times for 126 yards. The Goliad-native also played in one game last season, at Western Kentucky. In that game he completed all three of his passes for 59 yards including a 47 yard TD pass to Kerry Thomas.
Harris Takes Backup Reps: After practice, Coker said that both True Freshmen Manny Harris and Jaylon Henderson would backup Sturm. However, Harris took a majority of the reps with the second team in Wednesday’s practice while Henderson worked with the scout team. Harris has travelled twice this season; at Arizona and at UTEP. He has not played as UTSA would like to redshirt bother him and Henderson..
Bias Back: WR Kenny Bias returned to practice on Wednesday. The speedster has been banged up the last few weeks. During the Oklahoma State game, Bias was rolled up and missed several days of practice following that. Against Colorado State, he was tackled on a sweep play and came up a little gimpy. Bias did not travel and play at UTEP
Sanchez Back: Senior Rover Safety Mauricio Sanchez suited up in full pads for the first time since suffering a knee injury against Colorado State. Sanchez, who missed the UTEP game, actually returned to practice on Tuesday but was held out of contact. On Wednesday, he was in full pads. Defensive Coordinator Neal Neathery said that he was hopeful that Sanchez could play vs La Tech.
All Eyes on Dixon: La Tech RB Kenneth Dixon has drawn the attention of UTSA Defensive Coordinator Neal Neathery. Known as a very physical and aggressive player, Neathery had high praise for Dixon saying: “He plays harder than anyone on the football field. He is angry with ball.”
Gaines & Egwuagu Grade Well: Safety’s Nate Gaines and Michael Egwuagu graded out “very well” according to Neathery. Gaines led UTSA in tackles while picking off two passes. Egwuagu was named Conference USA Player of the Week after scoring two defensive touchdowns. Neathery said he was happy that they both graded out well but was even happier they both made critical plays.
Douglas Praised: Preseason All-CUSA LB Drew Douglas played his best game of the season, according to Neathery. “Drew had his best football game of his career here. He played really well. He just stepped it up a little bit.”
Strong Moving Around: DT Kevin Strong has played every position on the defensive line this season. We knew that strong has played both tackle positions, but we’re now seeing Strong play some end. In what UTSA calls their “heavy package”, Strong has been lining up at Defensive End. “That’s just us trying to get him on the field more,” said Neathery. “Now he’s a full-time guy for us but we still move him around a little bit.” Strong made just his second-career start vs UTEP.