Practice Report 9.7.16

Head Coach Frank Wilson called Wednesday’s workout the best Wednesday practice the team has had recently. Jerry Briggs provides a practice report.

By Jerry Briggs

Wedensday morning, UTSA President Dr. Ricardo Romo announced he was going to retire in August. 

UTSA coach Frank Wilson on Wednesday commented on the impending retirement of university president Dr. Ricardo Romo:

"Certainly it will be a big blow to the University of Texas at San Antonio. I’m more than sure he’ll have some input in the person that will replace him. I feel very confident that the university will do the things necessary to allow us to continue on the top tier status that Dr. Romo has set forth for us. Personally from me, he’s the president that gave me the opportunity, that hired me, so he’s near and dear to my heart. I have not had a chance to visit with him yet. But, (I’m) looking forward to it. I trust in our university will do the right thing."

UTSA coach Frank Wilson said his team had a great practice on Wednesday morning, largely because of the effort of "service team" personnel demonstrating plays run by Colorado State.

"It’s the best Wednesday practice we’ve had in quite a while," Wilson said.  "It’s a critical one because today was a culmination of first and second down as well as our third-down emphasis.  We challenged our guys to go out and have a great, spirited practice.  It was a great practice today because of our service team.  Because we were able to get the demonstration look of Colorado State today, at a speed that was similar to what we’ll see in the game-type situation … with their plays, both offensively and defensively respectively."

UTSA plays its first road game of the season Saturday at Colorado State, in Fort Collins.  Kickoff is at 3 p.m. central time.

UTSA receiver Marquez McNair stayed late to catch some additional passes after Wednesday's workout.  Later, he told reporters that the Roadrunners need to step up the intensity and focus on execution.

"We can't get satisfied.  We got to keep working," he said.  "(We're) playing a better team this week. So we got to come in, eliminate all the mistakes, execute plays."

Coming off a victory at home over the Alabama State Hornets, the Roadrunners (1-0) will play their first road game Saturday against the Colorado State Rams (0-1).

UTSA beat Alabama State 26-13 last week.

McNair, a transfer from Hinds College in Mississippi, aided the cause by scoring the first touchdown of the season for the Roadrunners.   It came on a 5-yard TD pass from Dalton Sturm in the first quarter. 

He also made a few mistakes, fumbling in the red zone once and then getting flagged for penalties on consecutive plays in the third quarter.

"I felt pretty good," McNair said.  "First game, had a little jitters.  But I feel like I did pretty good.  Coach (Frank) Scelfo talked me up pretty good.  I came in and made some plays."

Running back Jarveon Williams, who sprained an ankle in the first half, was not in pads Wednesday as the team continued to prepare for Colorado State.

"He moved about," UTSA coach Frank Wilson said. "We didn’t put him in pads, but he did some things in individual and one-on-one and with the trainers, off to the side.  Just didn’t want anyone rolling up on him in contact."

Wilson said Williams would practice in pads on Thursdday.

"We'll give him a shot to see how it goes," the coach said.  "But he looks fine today.  I think he’ll be able to play."

One reporter told Wilson that offensive tackle Jevonte Domond was "on the side, coughing."  "Does he have a cold?" the reporter asked.  "Oh, I don’t know," Wilson said, smiling.  "He all right."

Junior Dalton Sturm is expected to start at quarterback.  But Wilson said he isn't sure if Jared Johnson, now listed as the second quarterback on the depth chart, will play.

"We’ll see how the game unfolds," Wilson said.  "It’s a little early in the week.  We haven’t made that final decision yet.  We’re preparing him to be used at any time (he’s) called upon."

Johnson, a transfer from Sam Houston State, played one series in each of the four quarters last weekend.

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