By JJ Perez
News & Notes from UTSA Football Spring Practice Day 1
Back To Business: Day one of UTSA’s first spring practice had a workman-like feel to it. Head Coach Frank Wilson said he was glad to get back at it: “It was great. Guys were flying around, really competing. The energy and effort was really evident today. I enjoyed day one.”
No Stalwarts on Day One: Coach Wilson said that he couldn’t identify any day one standouts. But he added that the team looked good overall. “As a team you saw the spirit, you saw the energy, you saw the effort. There’s so much to learn right now as we go through installation. When go team, offense vs defense, that brings out the very best in the guys and they got after it. It’s good to see that. But there were no stalwarts just yet.”
One Speed: Although UTSA practiced in helmets and jerseys Monday, Coach Wilson said the pace of practice was where he wanted it. “We have one speed here, full speed. If you try and gauge it, that’s where you have inconsistency. A day like today, we practice like pros.”
QB Play: We got our first look at the six quarterbacks on UTSA’s roster. During the portion of practice open to media, incumbent Dalton Sturm took all of the #1 reps. He was followed by Manny Harris, Bryce Rivers, Jaylon Henderson, Brandon Garza, and Clay Roberts.
Depending on Sturm: Senior Dalton Sturm enters this spring as the #1 quarterback. In his first practice of the spring, Sturm looked like he picked up where he left off last fall.
Local QB Looks the Part: We got our first look at true freshman QB Bryce Rivers. The Stevens alum graduated from high school in December and enrolled at UTSA in January.
No QB Available to Media: UTSA’s first practice ran a little longer than expected. As a result, Dalton Sturm, who was originally going to be made available to media, had to race off to class. Sturm should be available to media at the next availability. Neither Manny Harris nor Jaylon Henderson was made available to media following Monday’s practice.
Depth at Safety: Because of injuries and departures, UTSA’s Safety position is one of the places opportunity beckons for some of the younger players on the roster, While Coach Wilson did not rule out the possibility of one of UTSA’s cornerbacks moving to Safety, he did say they’ll be evaluating the positions. “I think we have enough (safeties). They lack the experience you would like but that’s what spring football is for. It will be good for them to get these valuable reps.”
No Dropped Balls: Early in UTSA’s practice, WR Peyton Hall dropped a pass during drills near the endzone. That caught the attention of Coach Wilson, who let it be known that wasn’t acceptable.
Sands on the Mend: RB Coach Everette Sands was seen with a cast on his foot. According to Coach Wilson, Sands suffered an Achilles injury. Sands was using a scooter to move around the practice field.
Practice Schedule: Monday was the practice number one of a scheduled 15. UTSA will practice again on Wednesday. The team will move into shells for their Friday practice. Following that workout, the Roadrunners will pause practices for spring break. UTSA will return back to practice Monday, March 20 and will be in full pads. The next media availability is Friday.
FRANK WILSON POST-PRACTICE INTERVIEW