UTSA Football Practice Report
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Weather Issues Not Stopping UTSA: Rain and lightning in area surrounding UTSA’s practice fields forced the Roadrunners indoors for the last two practices. On Tuesday evening, the second practice was affected and then again on Wednesday afternoon. But that did not stop UTSA. The team worked out on the basketball courts of the nearby Rec Center. However, once weather cleared, they returned to the practice field and got in a full practice, which ended around 6:30pm. Head Coach Frank Wilson on the weather issues: “In an effort to make sure we got all of the team-oriented things going, we did our practice script backwards. And it worked out. It was fantastic. So we got a complete practice in today.”
Birds Don't Like Cage: Coach Wilson said that the team was pretty vocal about wanting to get out of the indoors and back onto the practice field. “When we went inside, for the second day indoors, here’s what I heard “come on coach, we’ve got to get it in.” They wanted to practice. It was one my most proudest moments of this team yet.”
Rec Center Space: UTSA’s Recreational Center is located just south of the practice fields. It’s a two-story complex that houses various workout gear for all of the students and staff on campus. While it’s big in stature, there are still some challenges when the football team is forced to work there. Wilson on the Rec Center: “It’s different. You can’t throw the ball as much as you would like but we go through our practice. We have four courts and some sideline areas. So we divide up. The only difference is that throwing down the field doesn’t happen. But we make it work.”
Camp Almost Over: UTSA did not break camp on Wednesday. However, veteran players who normally live off campus were staying at University Oaks on campus for the first 13 practices of camp. On Wednesday, practice #14, those players got to go home. But according to Coach Wilson, camp goes on: “We actually (didn’t) break camp. We’ll go through the camp, curfews, and procedures through the end of this week."
Egg Happy to be Home: Safety Michael Egwuagu is one of the veteran players who got to move out of the dorms Wednesday. While he’s happy to sleep in his own bed, he said he did enjoy the camaraderie: “It was fun to be with my brothers (teammates). You know, that team bonding, that chemistry that camp brings. It’s almost bittersweet.”
No QB Starter Yet: Coach Wilson said Wednesday that it was “way too early” to name a starting quarterback. Wilson said the competition was intense. He was asked when he thought he would name a starter, he replied: “Whenever that time is.” When he was asked again, he hinted that an answer could not be coming anytime soon saying: “It could go all the way to through kickoff (of the opener).”
Defensive View on QBs: As one of the primary players patrolling UTSA’s defensive backfield, Safety Michael Egwuagu has a unique perspective on the Roadrunners’ quarterbacks. He weighed in on the competition: “I see two guys getting after it. I see two guys that are hungry. Both of those guys are putting in work.”
Perez Exclusively at Center: At Monday’s media day, offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo said that various players along the o-line were working in different positions. We followed up with starting center Juan Perez. The DFW-native told media he’s been working exclusively at the center position this fall. However, he did confirm that other players were seeing reps at different positions. For example, tackle Cody Cole worked at the guard position today.
Classes Start Tuesday: UTSA will practice twice Thursday, once Friday, and once Saturday. On Sunday, the team will have a closed scrimmage. Then on Monday, the team has an off day as players prepare for the first day of class on Tuesday.
Home Cookin’: Following Monday’s media day, the team returned to campus to find a a group of donors cooking dinner for them. The menu, consisting of fajitas, rice, beans, and fruit, was home-cooked for the entire team. Wilson on the donors: “This fan base in sincere when they say they’re behind you. It was really fun and entertaining and the food was delicious.”
NFL Scouts: Two NFL scouts were at practice Wednesday. Representatives from the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles watched a majority of the workout. No word, however, on which players they were scouting.
Next Availability: UTSA’s next media availability is scheduled for mid-day Saturday.
Frank Wilson Post-Practice Interview