UTSA Football Practice Report for 10.27.15
Welcome Back O-Linemen: One week after over a dozen players sat out of practice, the Roadrunners welcomed back some key contributors on the offensive line. Starting Center Juan Perez was out of his walking boot and worked with the first team. Guards Austin Pratt and Kyle McKinney splits reps. And Tackle Jordan Gray was also out of his walking boot working with the first team.
Sturm Ready To Go: Walk-on Sophomore Dalton Sturm will make his third-career start on Saturday at North Texas. The Goliad-native says he feels more comfortable in the offense now that he’s spent the last three weeks running the offense and taking first team reps.
Sturm 100%: After being absolutely hammered during the Southern Miss game, Sturm was one of the players who benefited from the bye week. Although Sturm wasn’t injured, he was banged up and nursing a sore ankle. On Tuesday, Head Coach Larry Coker proclaimed that Sturm was 100% saying he ran well at practice.
Bogenschutz Getting Close: A little more was revealed about starting QB Blake Bogenschutz’s health on Tuesday. Offensive Coordinator and QB’s Coach Kevin Brown said that Bogenschutz was suffering from post-concussion headaches. Although Brown said the frequency and severity of the headaches have decreased, he did say that they weren’t going to rush him back. Bogenschutz has been attending meetings and was at practice Sunday and Tuesday. Coach Brown said he feels like Bogenschutz is close to returning but he didn’t know how close.
O-Line Woes Overstated: Much as been made of the struggles of the offensive line, specifically the amount of sacks and hits given up on the quarterback in the Southern Miss game. Tuesday, Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown said that only two of the five sacks given up vs USM came at the fault of the offensive line. Brown said “other issues” caused a majority of the pressure and they’ve worked over the past two weeks to correct those issues.
No Offensive Changes: Despite the recent struggles of the offense early in the last two games, Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown said Tuesday he has no plans on changing how the offense operates. While he says he’ll adjust to the opposing defense as needed, he says most of the issues that have plagued the offense early in the last two games come down to execution.
Wheeler Next Man Up at FS: Senior Safety Duke Wheeler worked Tuesday as the starting Free Safety. A regular backup at the Rover position, Wheeler is being moved back this week due to injuries to Nate Gaines and Justin Chavez. The regular starter Gaines suffered a knee injury in practice a few weeks ago but is trying to come back by next week’s game. Chavez missed practice Tuesday with an unspecified injury.
Extra Work for WRs: Long after practice was completed, WRs Coach Tony Jeffery kept his unit afterwards for additional workouts. Tuesday’s extra workout: finger-tip push-ups.
Depth Chart Changes: Late Monday, UTSA released an updated depth chart. Here are some notes: Kenny Bias is back in two deep at WR (X), Juan Perez listed as starting Center despite battling injury, Dalton Sturm listed as QB1, Manny Harris listed as QB2, Ben Kane in the two-deep at backup DE over Justyn Eddins Maurico Sanchez back at starting Rover Safety with CJ Levine as backup, and Duke Wheeler listed as starting Free Safety with Justin Chavez backing him up.
Taylor Okay: Last Wednesday’s practice ended very ominously as starting WR JaBryce Taylor was carted off the field with a leg injury. As reported last week, Taylor’s injury was minor in nature. Taylor was back practicing Tuesday.
Baker Back: One of the key players who missed some time last week due to injury was starting CB Trevor Baker. On Tuesday, Baker was back on the practice field in pull pads working out.
Short Practice: Typically, UTSA runs their football practice long, well past 10am and often times ‘til 10:30am. On Tuesday, they wrapped things up at about 9:50am. Coaches said they began preparing for North Texas last week and wanted to keep players fresh.