UTSA Football Practice Report
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Soggy Saturday: It was another rainy day in San Antonio on Saturday. That made for wet conditions at UTSA’s practice fields. But that didn’t stop the Roadrunners. Clear of any lightning in the area, UTSA made the most of the day working out for nearly an extra hour. Head Coach Frank Wilson credited UTSA’s synthetic field turf for being able to have a practice in the weather conditions: “I only wish we had grass so I could have just slid out there and dove into the mud.” Wilson joked. “No it (turf) was a great thing. It allowed us to continue to have a productive practice."
Camp Breaks Sunday: UTSA will officially break camp Sunday. Players who live off campus are already no longer staying on campus temporarily, strict curfews will no longer be in affect, and team will have generally more time to itself. The team has an off day Monday as the players prepare for the first day of classes Tuesday.
Another Test: UTSA will hold a closed scrimmage on Sunday at the Alamodome. The coaches will use the scrimmage as another measuring stick as they head into the season. The scrimmage was expected to be held on-campus. However, Coach Wilson said they wanted to get into the ‘Dome one more time before the season as well as avoid any potential weather. Wilson on his team headed into Sunday’s scrimmage: “I think the team is in great shape. We’re right where we want to be. Tomorrow (Sunday) wraps up our training camp and we want to do so in grand fashion.”
Conditioning Science: Often times in fall camp, players fall victim to lack of conditioning. But according to Coach Wilson, that hasn’t been the case. In fact, UTSA uses a device called a Zephyr that helps monitor players’ conditioning. Coach Wilson on the Zephyr: “It monitors all of those things from heart rate to acceleration to explosiveness. We like the study and intense research we’ve done with it. It’s proven to be very affective for us.”
QB Competition Even: Coach Wilson gave media his usual update on the quarterback competition between Dalton Sturm and Jared Johnson: “We have two that are really standing out. I would say it’s about dead even right now.”
A Good Look at Johnson: Graduate Transfer QB Jared Johnson was limited during the first week of fall camp because of a summer class he was taking. This past week, Johnson has seen more practice time in the break between the end of summer classes and the beginning of fall classes. Coach Wilson on Johnson: “He’s shown us everything we thought he was, that he’s resilient, that he’s tough, that’s he’s smart, that he has the leadership skills that we’re asking from the quarterback position.”
Academics Important For JJ: QB Jared Johnson is at UTSA for more than football. The graduate transfer from Sam Houston State is taking a full course load of classes in the fall. Typically a graduate student is considered full-time by taking 3 classes each semester. Johnson is taking 5 classes this fall and is planning to graduate in May with a degree in Masters of Science in Business. Johnson on his academics: “That’s a big part of why I’m here too, to get that degree. I’m on course to graduate in May. I’m just as focused on that as I am on football.”
Moore Confident: Former LSU track star Jordan Moore met with media for the first time since arriving in San Antonio nearly two weeks ago. Moore was confident about his physical abilities but said that he’s trying to keep the opportunity he has with UTSA in perspective: “I know I'm one of the fastest men in college football. But that doesn’t mean anything. You have to prove you’re a football player." Moore went on to say that he feels like he’ll have an opportunity to play at the next level.
Moore Talented Off The Field: In additional to being a track star and division one football player, Moore is also a talented signer. The defensive back sang a song for media following practice. Below is a link to a video of Moore singing.
Next Availability: The next media availability for UTSA football is on Tuesday.
Some short videos from practice: