By JJ Perez
When UTSA scores early, good things have happened this season. A quick start does several things: it takes pressure off the defense, it allows the offense to follow through with their game plan, and it gets the crowd going. Saturday is UTSA’s homecoming and an riled up crowd early on will lead to a good home field advantage. If UTSA gets things going early, they should be successful.
CONTINUE EFFICIENT PASSING GAME
Quietly QB Dalton Sturm is having a good season. He isn’t putting up eye-popping numbers or hasn’t broke any school records recently, but he is doing everything the coaching staff has asked of him. He’s completing passes at an efficient rate, he’s not turning it over, he has better pocket presence, and overall he has good command of the offense. If Sturm continues his efficient ways, UTSA will likely in position to down UTEP.
SLOW UTEP’S RUN-GAME
UTEP RB Aaron Jones enters Saturday’s game as one of the better backs the Roadrunners will see in Conference USA. Well on his way to a 1,000 yard season, UTSA Head Coach Frank Wilson (a former RB Coach) says that Jones is a north-south runner who doesn’t waste time with many lateral movements. Those types of backs are typically more difficult to defend than others. More than that, Jones is a complete back. His combination of speed, vision, explosiveness, and physicality makes him one of the more well-rounded backs in CUSA. UTSA will have to find a way to slow Jones and the Miners’ rushing game.