Report from UTSA Football’s Tuesday practice

UTSA hit the practice field Tuesday morning as they prepared for Rice. Jerry Briggs reports.

By Jerry Briggs

UTSA coach Frank Wilson said after Tuesday's practice that he liked the effort and attention to detail in preparation for a road game Saturday at Rice.

Coming off his team's best performance last week against Southern Miss, the coaches have challenged players to match the intensity from a week ago and apply it to the new task of beating the Owls in Houston.

"Our practice intensity was outstanding today," he said. ""I think we got a good game plan going into it.  It's only the first day of (implementing) it.  Normal down and distance was the emphasis.  So, I thought our guys picked up on the game plan well ... I think we're headed in the right direction next week."

Starting left tackle Jevonte Domond was sidelined, on crutches, with a bruised knee.   But Wison said he expects one of his key offensive linemen to play.

"I just talked with him," Wilson said.  "He just kind of fell on his knee.  He bruised it a little bit and, precautionary, we iced it up."

Fifth-year senior fullback Andrew King could always slam his 5-foot-11, 240-pound frame into the line of scrimmage and produce a collision.

Now that he better understands how and where to attack, the UTSA Roadrunners have found a lead blocker that can produce results.

With King getting his first career start at fullback last week, UTSA rolled to a school-record 339 yards rushing against Southern Miss.

King said film study with the coaches has been the key for his improvement.

“At first it was a little hard getting used to seeing the fronts,” King said. “But the coaches really did a great job of coaching me up and making me a better football player.  Not (just) physically but mentally.  That’s what a lot of this game is.”

The game also takes a certain persistence, and King has plenty of that.

Coming out of high school in Louisiana in 2012, he spent two years at Tyler Junior College and the next two at UTSA, and didn’t play a down of football until this fall.

But he never gave up on himself.

“It was a grueling process and we all know life ain’t easy,” said King, who credited his faith and his family for helping him get through the hard times.

He also thanked the current coaching staff for helping him realize his dream.

“I’m just blessed to be where I’m at,” King said.

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