By Jerry Briggs
Trevor Stevens arrived at UTSA in 2012 when players would pile into their own vehicles at dawn and drive to practice off campus.
Stevens worked out under those conditions at Farris Stadium for more than a year before the Roadrunners moved into an on-campus facility in August of 2013.
Today, as a fifth-year senior, he's preparing to play his finale for the Roadrunners in the program's first bowl game.
UTSA will play New Mexico on Dec. 17 in Albuquerque.
Stevens said after the announcement Sunday night that it's "really cool" to be linked with the former players.
He said some of the veterans talked to younger players before the regular-season finale against Charlotte about what it was like to play for UTSA in the early days.
"We kind of got up in front of the team and spoke about it a little bit," Stevens said. "I urged (the younger players), 'Do it for the guys who came before (you), the guys that set the foundation.' "
The Roadrunners responded, beating Charlotte 33-14 to become bowl eligible.
"The guys that came before me (in 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes) didn't even have any football buildings," Stevens said. "They didn't even have any shoulder pads. It was just a helmet and a ball."
Stevens said he has talked to former teammates who "are really excited" for the success of this year's team.
"(For me), to see where (the program started) and where it's going now -- with the second generation, whatever you want to call it -- is definitely cool," he said.
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