UTSA Football Practice Notes 10.13.15
Sturm To Start: Head Coach Larry Coker announced Tuesday that walk-on sophomore QB Dalton Strum will make the start this Saturday vs Southern Miss. Coker: “Dalton, right now, will be quarterback.” This will be Sturm’s second-career start and first on the road.
Bogenschutz Sidelined With Concussion: Coach Coker also announced that starting QB Blake Bogenschutz was sidelined with a concussion. Coach Coker was asked if he was worried about Bogenschutz's health long-term. He replied: "You know, I really am. This concussion thing, people didn't use to know what it was. Maybe they knew but didn't think about it. Now it's a serious thing. We know that now. We just want him to be healthy." Coker was then asked is that what the main issue was, recovery from a concussion?" Coker replied: "I think it is, yeah."
Confidence In The Backup: Coach Coker said he thinks Sturm will be ready vs Southern Miss: “He looked good today and got some experience last week. It’s not ideal, it’s not what we wanted, but we’ll be fine.”
Bogenschutz Not Ruled Out: Coker: Bogenschutz is scheduled to be re-evaluated tomorrow. Coker: “We’ll see what he looks like tomorrow and we’ll go from there. I don’t anticipate him playing this week but we’ll see.” Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown said that he was hopeful that Bogenschutz would be able to be on the travel squad.
Harris Redshirt Up In The Air: With Bogenschutz likely out, that means true freshman Manny Harris will serve as the backup QB this week vs Southern Miss. Harris was the backup last week vs La Tech. In that game he almost had his redshirt burned when Sturm was getting his ankle re-tapped and the offense was rushed back onto the field. But Coach Coker used a timeout to preserve Harris’ redshirt. Both Coach Coker and Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown both said they do not want to burn Harris’ redshirt this season.
Campbell Not An QB Option, Yet: Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown said that he has not considered WR Greg Campbell an option for backup or emergency QB in case something were to happen to Sturm. Campbell was a starting quarterback at Atascocita when UTSA recruited him. Brown did say that option may be discussed in the coming week if Bogenschutz’s health does not improve.
Sturm Confident: With a four-touchdown game under his belt, Sturm appeared more calm and collective following Tuesday’s practice. He said he’s going to approach this week like every other: “If he (Bogenschutz) is not ready, I’m always here. We’re going to study these guys (Southern Miss) and get ready to go out and get a win this weekend.
Sturm’s Poise Earns Praise: Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown on Sturm’s performance vs La Tech: “You saw two things: he’s reslient and tough. You saw the same thing from Bogie. That’s the first two things you look for in a quarterback and you really don’t find that out until the bullets are flying.”
Running Game a Point of Emphasis: After having his worst game of the season, UTSA will need to strong game from RB Jarveon Williams in order to help Sturm and the offense get going. “We just didn’t get it done,” Coker said of the running game last week vs La Tech. “We definitely have to have him (Jarveon) involved.”
Sturm Not Injured: Sturm was banged up pretty good on Saturday after taking several big hits vs La Tech. He says he’s fine: “I was pretty sore but it’s part of the game. I’ll fight through it and get some treatment and be ready to go.”
Learning From Mistakes: Sturm started his last game as bad as you can imagine. But he says he’s moved on from that: “I tried to make too much happen, I tried to force things. After that, I just tried to settle down. The team just stayed behind me. They supported me through it, it was just a great experience.”
So Long Chuy’s: Sturm, who works as a server at a local Mexican Restaurant, shared his story of waiting on Athletic Director Lynn Hickey. Sturm added: “I’m still technically there but I probably won’t go back.”