JJ’s Journal 2.19.16

InsideRunnerSports’ JJ Perez offers his thoughts on several UTSA-related topics.

 JJ’s Journal Entry from 2.19.16

Football Recruiting
New Football Head Coach Frank Wilson’s first National Signing Day came and went like a flash of light a few weeks ago. UTSA announced the addition of 21 players to their roster. There was a fair amount of excitement surrounding this class as Wilson and his staff was able to land some highly-rated recruits in the days leading up to signing day. Considering that the coaches only had about two solid weeks to recruit, the 2016 signing class hit several key areas of need. The lone exception was the quarterback position. Coach Wilson was matter of fact during his post-press conference comments saying that UTSA will be in the market for a transfer QB. That will be the primary storyline throughout this offeseason headed into the fall. We’ll see how that plays out in the coming weeks. As far as the 2017 recruiting class goes, let’s just say the wheels are already in motion. Just this week we’ve seen a ton of activity with offers going out. You can see every recruit that UTSA has targeted for 2017 in our database by clicking here: LINK 

So Long Blake Bogenschutz
It was announced two weeks ago that quarterback Blake Bogenschutz will no longer play football at UTSA due to lingering concussion issues. Bogenschutz suffered a concussion toward the end of the UTEP game on Oct 3. When the announcement of the end of his career came down, I immediately thought of his debut. It was September 2014 vs Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Bogenschutz came in after halftime with UTSA trailing big. It was as hostile of an environment as you could image. And he played relatively well. He scored his first-career touchdown that night, a 24-yard QB-keeper off-tackle. My second thought was the 2015 season-opener in Arizona. It was another hostile environment. Everyone remembers that night as Bogenschutz’s big coming out party. He would set the program-record for most passing yards that night while scoring four touchdowns. But what I’ll remember most about that night was Bogenschutz’s first pass. It was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. That’s a bad start. And in a closely contested game, it was costly. But for him to be able to not only rebound from that but to play so well afterward showed something about his fortitude. I’ve written several times before that things rarely work out the way we think they will. Sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s worse, but more times than not it’s just different than we think it’s going to be. In his short time at UTSA, Blake has shown his ability to rebound from difficult situations. It’s not what happens to you in times of despair, it’s what happens afterwards that matters most. Here’s to wishing Blake Bogenschutz the best in his future endeavors.https://www.instagram.com/p/BBT1LzYxs3M/

New Football Coaching Staff
Frank Wilson made another hire to his coaching staff this week with the addition of Defensive Backs Coach Patrick Toney. You can read more on Toney by clicking here: LINK. If you’re counting at home, that makes a total of eight staff hires for Coach Wilson. He’s said publicly that he wants to add one more offensive coach. The general consensus is that final spot will likely be a coach for the running backs position. Either way, the group looks good on paper. I haven’t met or gotten to interview any of the new staff but just looking at their experience, it seems like a solid mix between old and new with a lot of ties to the south. Although there isn’t a ton of experience within the state of Texas, I’m sure that will come as they’ve been visiting area schools from day one. https://twitter.com/theJJPerez/status/700065430392582144

2016 Football Schedule
In what is becoming a Conference USA tradition, the full 2016 football schedule was released the day after signing day. As expected, UTSA will play the same CUSA opponents they played in 2015 with home sites being flipped. The primary reasoning behind this is because UAB will be thrown into the mix in 2017 and CUSA will have to go to an unbalanced/uneven schedule. So instead of changing the teams that a school will play from different divisions this season, they just decided to wait until next season to do that. Overall, I like the schedule. I think it sets up nicely in the beginning for UTSA. However, playing three of four games on the road in the month of November to close the season will be challenging, to say the least. https://twitter.com/theJJPerez/status/695323062376398848

UTSA Baseball
UTSA Baseball opens the 2016 campaign Friday night vs Connecticut. This is season four in the Jason Marshall era. In his first three years as UTSA’s head coach, all Marshall has done is win a Conference Championship while playing in the NCAA tournament in 2013 and reached the Conference Championship game in 2014. UTSA has averaged 34 wins in those three years. So internally, expectations are high as another season begins. But externally, not so much. Coaches have predicted UTSA to finish 6th in CUSA. And UTSA has hit by the injury bug as several key players are expected to miss some significant time, some the entire season. While a majority of the roster returns from a team that went 33-25 last season, the loss of these key players is the storyline to begin this season. UTSA Baseball has a tendency to overachieve, so I’m sure we’ll see the ‘Runners play well. Stay tuned. Here’s a preview from CUSA: LINK

UTSA Basketball
The men’s basketball team dropped another tough one Thursday night vs La Tech. With just overall four wins, it’s hard to describe this season as anything but a disappointment. There’s some young talent on the roster but they just haven’t come together enough to be able to execute wins down the stretch of games. That’s been the story all season long. Saturday’s game vs Southern Miss is the last home game of the season. It’s also senior day, as such UTSA will honor the lone senior on the roster, Guard Ryan Bowie. Tip off at the Convocation Center at 3pm. 

David Morgan
Next week is a big week for former UTSA Tight End David Morgan as he will participate in the NFL combine. Morgan has been living and training full time in Atlanta in preparation for the combine. Considered a “sleeper” by many draft analysts, Morgan could do well for himself by having a good showing next weekend. Regardless of what happens, he still may have another opportunity to showcase himself when UTSA hosts their Pro Day next month. We’ll keep a track of how things go with David in the coming week and will follow up with him to learn more about his combine experience.https://twitter.com/DMORG_82/status/692753815179636736

Closing Thoughts – Rolling Into Spring
In San Antonio the weather has warmed up and it seems like winter could be over. That means it’s nearly time for Spring. For main-stream sports fanatics that usually signifies a lull in the calendar. But for UTSA fans, there’s plenty to be excited about. UTSA spring sports have historically done very well. Baseball, softball, and track/field all have competed at the top of Conference USA play in recent years. There’s no reason to expect anything different this spring. Add into the mix Frank Wilson’s first football practices next month and there’s plenty to sink your teeth into this spring. UTSA has already announced that all of the Friday football practices this spring will be open to the public. As always, we’ll do our best to cover those dates as well as other dates that will be open to the media. We’ll also keep track of the baseball team and see if the basketball team can make a run in the conference tournament. It should be a busy and fun spring.

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