UTSA FOOTBALL PRACTICE REPORT
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016
FIRST DAY IN PADS: It was the first day in pads on day three of UTSA fall practices. The Roadrunners didn’t practice in full pads, just shells. Starting OLB La’Kel Bass said the first day of hitting was good: “It was great. Everyone was excited to hit each other.”
LONG PRACTICE: It was a typical warm San Antonio morning on Sunday; however, it wasn’t as hot as Friday. A stiff north wind made conditions on the practice field more bearable. UTSA made the most of it getting in a full practice. The session went about 30 minutes longer than expected.
ACCLIMATION WITH A CURVE: Head Coach Frank Wilson continued his acclimation period (split-squad practices). During the first two days of practices, the team has been separated into two groups: a younger squad that practices in the morning and a veteran squad that practices in the afternoon. On Sunday Coach Wilson flipped the script. “Today we threw a curve ball,” Wilson said. “We had the PM group practice at the AM and we’ll the AM group practice at the PM just so they’re prepared for sudden change.”
FULL TEAM/FULL PADS ON TUESDAY: Coach Wilson said that practice day five (Tuesday) will be when the entire team comes together for a full practice. UTSA is also expected to practice in full pads on Tuesday.
HIGH ENERGY: It seems like there’s been an extra spring in players’ steps. Coach Wilson says his noticed saying that the energy is at an all-time high: “We’re very fortunate to have such good young men that embrace this opportunity. They’ve put in the work to allow themselves to improve from where they were a year ago.”
QB COMPETITION CONTINUES: There was no change in the battle for QB1 between Dalton Sturm and Jared Johnson. The two continued to split reps as they were the only quarterbacks participating in the morning session.
DOMOND GETS SECOND CHANCE: OT Jevonte Domond was arrested last year for an off the field incident that resulted in him getting suspended from LSU. He was later reinstated. When asked if this was a second chance for him, Coach Wilson said: “I think in life we all deserve second chances. He’s done everything we asked of him. He’s abided by that even prior to coming here. So that’s something behind him. He’s a stand up guy, an outstanding citizen, a great father to his child, and we’re glad that we have him.”
DOMOND MOVING FORWARD: Talking with media for the first time since arriving in San Antonio, Domond addressed his troubled past saying: “I take full ownership of what I did. It’s behind me now. I’m just moving forward and happy with the opportunity that I have.”
BASS BACK FROM INJURY: Outside Linebacker La’Kel Bass missed all of 2015 with an injury that he received a medical redshirt for. After a strong set of spring practices, Bass jumped up the depth chart to starting Will LB. “It was hard,” Bass said of sitting out 2015. “But at the same time I was just working hard to come back because I knew when I came back I would give it everything I got.”
HENDRICKS TAKING LEADERSHIP ROLE: Junior corner back Aneas Henricks is listed as one starting corner backs. Last season he started played in all 12 games, starting four. That’s more starts than any other CB on the roster. He sounds like he’s taking more leadership role: “I’m trying to help the team, and my position especially to be able to adjust and learn these new coverages so everything will mesh with the defense.
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: Both Henricks and Bass acknowledged that this version of UTSA’s defense is difference than in years past. “The scheme could be different from every week,” said Hendricks. Bass said: “It’s a little more faster and everybody is a little more physical.”
ON SCHEDULE: Things are going “on pace” from a schedule standpoint, according to Coach Wilson. But no matter how prepared the staff is, there is always a want for more time: “No matter how much you practice, how much you watch film, how much you meet and walk through, you’re still looking for more time in the day.”
ONE DAY AT A TIME: Coach Wilson shrugged off a question about what he thinks his first game as a head coach will feel like saying: “It’s getting closer but I can’t see that far right now. It’s a tunnel vision and we just take one day at a time.
STRONG CARTED OFF: Starting LE Kevin Strong was carted out of practice with an apparent leg injury. Coach Wilson said it was a calf cramp and characterized the injury as minor.
OTHER INJURIES: We didn’t get a full injury report but it was noticed that a few other players were held out of morning workouts. WR Greg Campbell had his arm in a sling and CB JaColbie Butler was held out of practice.
BREAK EXPECTED SOON: As of Sunday, UTSA has practiced three straight days. They are expected to practice Monday and Tuesday as well. The NCAA does not allow teams to practice for seven straight days. Coach Wilson confirmed that the team would be getting a break this coming week.
FRANK WILSON POST-PRACTICE INTERVIEW