Spring Practice Report for March 30, 2016
BEST PRACTICE: Head Coach Frank Wilson had some high praise for his team following Wednesday’s workout: “It was the best practice we’ve had thus far this spring. We took a step forward, I’m pleased with the practice today.”
OFFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT: After getting on the offense earlier in the week, Coach Wilson acknowledged that he’s seeing improvement: “The defense challenged, the offense responded. The offense was the best it’s been so far this spring.
O-LINE WITH A GOOD DAY: A huge concern facing UTSA this spring is the status of the offensive line. How much have they improved and how good can the unit be? According to Coach Wilson, they’re on their way: “They were great today. They’re a young group. They’re gravitating to it. Today was their best day.”
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES: Little has been talked about in reference to special teams so far in the spring. UTSA put in their final piece of special teams just today, the kickoff return game, or as Coach Wilson refers to them, the “scoring team.” According to Wilson, the best attribute he’s seeing is in protection: “I like where we’re at. We’re kicking the ball better but more importantly we’re protecting.”
ON THE MEND: Star Safeties Nate Gaines and Michael Egwuagu missed practice again Wednesday. Listed as returning starters, neither player has practiced this spring. When asked last week about their status, Coach Wilson said he did not want to disclose any information until he’s talked with their doctors. On Wednesday, Wilson said that he does expect both Gaines and Egwuagu to return to practices sometime this spring.
DAVENPORT OUT: Starting Defensive End Marcus Davenport missed workouts on Wednesday. The San Antonio-native was seen wearing a cast on his hand as he left practice.
RB OUT TOO: Another player who missed practice on Wednesday was RB Halen Steward. The Florida-native was sidelined with an unspecified injury.
ANOTHER YEAR FOR KING-WILLIAMS: Senior Defensive Tackle Vontrell King-Williams told InsideRunnerSports that he has applied for another of eligibility with the NCAA. Williams came to UTSA last spring from Butler JC in Kansas. However, he started his career at Illinois. In 2012 he redshirted. King-Williams said he spent most of the 2013 season injured. He’s hoping to get that year of eligibility back. King-Williams said he thinks he’ll have an answer from the NCAA by the end of spring practices.
UPGRADED D-LINE: An important cog in UTSA’s d-line, King-Williams says this year’s version of the line is going to be much more athletic than last years. King-Williams mentioned some of the younger players like Baylen Baker and King Newton as to some of the reasons why. Last week Coach Wilson said that UTSA will use a 4-2-5 defensive scheme as well as some 3-4. King-Williams said UTSA is currently practicing with multiple fronts and that they are planning to be an attacking/aggressive unit.
SCRIMMAGE SET FOR FRIDAY: Coach Wilson said the team would be trying some things on both offense, defense, and special teams in a scrimmage scheduled for Friday. As a reminder to fans, Friday practices are open to the public from 8am to 10am.
NEXT AVAILABILITY: The next media availability for UTSA spring practice will be next Wednesday, April 6.
POST-PRACTICE INTERVIEW FRANK WILSON