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Rhodes Expected To Play At Texas A&M

Running back Jalen Rhodes, UTSA's leading rusher, is expected to play Saturday at Texas A&M.

By Jerry Briggs
For InsideRunnerSports.com

Asked after a Tuesday morning workout if Rhodes would be available, UTSA coach Frank Wilson said, "Yea, he practiced today."

Wilson said Rhodes suffered a bruised collar bone against at Louisiana Tech last weekend.

When Rhodes came out of the game, it was 35-14 leading into halftime.  The Bulldogs went on to defeat the Roadrunners 63-35 to win the Conference USA West title.

Rhodes had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam on Monday.   But by Tuesday morning, he went through the team's workout wearing an orange, although he did not take contact.

Wilson said the orange jersey is a reminder to scout team players not to tackle that player "because they will (otherwise); they're trying to make the plane (for the travel squad)."

Even though he doesn't start, Rhodes is a valuable player in the UTSA offense.  He has rushed for 709 yards and is tied with senior Jarveon Williams with eight rushing touchdowns. 

Addressing other another injury issue, Wilson also said senior tackle Jevonte Domond participated in the workout in preparation for a duel with Texas A&M defensive line star Myles Garrett.

Domond was hurt and had to come out of the game two weeks ago against Middle Tennessee.  He played last week at Louisiana Tech, though Wilson said he wasn't 100 percent.

But he did work out on a Tuesday when UTSA installed much of its game plan for A&M.

"He practiced a full day," Wilson said. "He understands what he has in front of him with Myles Garrett.  So practice is at a premium, to get these repetitions and see what he's going to see on Saturday."

Wilson said both Domond and right tackle Gabriel Casillas will have their hands full against the A&M defensive ends.

"Both our tackles are really looking forward to the opportunity to compete with two of the better defensive ends in the country," Wilson said.

Garrett and Daeshon Hall play the defensive end positions for the Aggies.  Both have combined for 7.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss against a rugged Southeastern Conference schedule.

Wilson said UTSA tight ends also will have some responsibility on the A&M pass rush off the perimeter.

"We'll all help out," Wilson said.  "It'll require all of us."


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