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News and notes from Monday’s media session

It’s officially bowl week for UTSA as the Roadrunners will depart to Albuquerque later this week for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Here are some bowl week media round table news and notes presented by Pat Clynes and The Fritz Kennel.

Media Round Table News & Notes

Presented by Pat Clynes and The Fritz Kennel.


By Jerry Briggs
For InsideRunnerSports.com

UTSA's offense has "excelled" during practices held in cold weather leading into the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, coach Frank Wilson said Monday.

Asked about his ball club's offensive preparation for its upcoming game against New Mexico, Wilson said he is happy with it in spite of a few days last week with temperatures in the 40s, and at least one with a brisk wind.

"We've been very fortunate to get production in a very unique situation for us, here in San Antonio, from a climate standpoint," Wilson told reporters.  "Our team has embraced it tremendously and (has) excelled.  It's one thing to be mentally prepared to acclimate to weather.  It's another thing to be productive when you're in that situation. 

"So, I think we'll be prepared, whatever the weather is," he said.  "It's UTSA weather. We've practiced (with weather) in the low 40s, which we had a couple of mornings, and we've practiced in the 50s and 60s, so we won't flinch one bit, because we've positioned and conditioned ourselves to be prepared."

With UTSA (6-6) set to play New Mexico (8-4) on Saturday in Albuquerque, forecasts call for the high temperature that day in the low 40s.

Kickoff for the first bowl game in UTSA history is at noon Mountain time and at 1 p.m Central time. 

A UTSA spokesman said Monday that between 2,000 and 2,500 tickets have been sold out of the UTSA athletic department.  "Sales going well," the spokesman said. 

Announced attendance at the New Mexico Bowl has ranged from between 24,610 (last year) to 34,111 (in 2006, in the inaugural game).

It's been a whirlwind of activity for the team since it learned on Dec. 4 that it would be playing at New Mexico.  Players have been busy practicing and taking final exams.

Last week, the Roadrunners practiced on Monday and Tuesday, took Wednesday off, and then worked out daily from Thursday through Sunday.

This week, UTSA players had Monday off but are scheduled to work out Tuesday and Wednesday mornings on campus.

The Roadrunners are scheduled to take a flight to Albuquerque on Wednesday afternoon, and then will participate in a few bowl-related events.

The first workout in New Mexico is set for Thursday morning.

For players who will miss the regular fall-semester graduation ceremony, which is set for Saturday, UTSA president Dr. Ricardo Romo is expected to fly out to Albuquerque in time hand out diplomas to members of the team who have completed their degree requirements.  The athletes' ceremony is set for Friday.

UTSA reported Monday that 14 football players are on track to graduate this semester.

What’s it like for bowl week?

“I can’t wait for it. It’s been a long time coming. Our focus has been on New Mexico for several days.”

What’s the excitement like?

“It’s a business week. We’re beyond the excitement of getting there now we’re focused on getting there.”

Is the defense ready for New Mexico?

“That’s why it was important to get on these guys early, I don’ the uniqueness of their offense. We will have accumulated 10+ practices for this team so I think we’ll be assignment sound.”

Wilson was under the weather with flu-like symptoms. He missed a radio interview this morning for a doctor’s appointment.

“I’m fine, I’m in great shape.” Wilson added that getting four hours of sleep a night isn’t enough.

What’s the schedule like this week?

“We’ll practice Wednesday. We’re in a game-week mode. We’ve gone back into a full game mode.”

How’s the health of team?

“Everyone will be up and going. Daniel Portillo was a little sore but he’ll be ready.

On the importance of playing well in the bowl game

“To play well is critical. I except us to play well.”

Did you think you’d be in a bowl after starting 1-3?

“We stayed the course. There was no panic button.”

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