By JJ Perez
Back to work
After taking last week off for spring break, UTSA was back on the football field for practice session #4 of the spring. Head Coach Frank Wilson said the group came back ready to work.
“It was phenomenal,”
“We had no incidents, guys were back on time,” said
Prior to the team leaving for spring break, the coaching staff gave players various examples of what not to do during their time off.
“We used it as a lesson, to be responsible, to take care of yourself to take care of the team, and to be unselfish in the things that you’re doing. They did those things.”
Building a winning culture
Coach Wilson called Monday’s workout “one of the better practices” this spring.
“We’re creating a winning culture,” said
Monday’s practice was organized a little different in terms of the order of the various drills that were conducted.
“We fought, we competed,” said
“The culture is better than it’s ever been. You have big smiles on their face while they’re doing hard things. I’m really enjoying our team.”
For the first time since arriving at UTSA in 2015, sophomore QB Manny Harris spoke with media.
“Practice was pretty good. We’re just going out there and competing every day,” said Harris. “All of the other quarterbacks are pushing each other so I think we’re coming along pretty good this spring.”
As a third-year sophomore, Harris says he’s grown as a football player.
“From a maturity level, that’s where I’ve improved at. Everything is just really starting to slow down for me.”
A decorated high school player, Harris hasn’t played in two seasons at UTSA, but he says he’s not frustrated.
“I just got to do what I’ve got to do,” said Harris. “I can’t get frustrated about it. Everything is just going to take care of itself. The coaches will make the right decision when they’re ready.”
A native of
Building O-line depth
One of the areas to watch this spring is the development of the offensive line. While there are some key returners slated to come back, there is a lack of experience with some players.
Veteran offensive lineman Kyle McKinney says the o-line unit is using this spring to build depth.
“By this spring we’re creating tremendous depth for this fall by everybody knowing each position,” said
Primarily a guard throughout his career,
Right now, I’m a center,” said
“I see a lot of stuff that I use to go through, making mistakes and then getting it right,” said McKinney. “They’re getting tons of reps in. I wish I had that many reps when I was younger.”
Pro Day moved
UTSA’s annual Pro Day has been moved to Tuesday, March 28, a spokesman said Monday. The event was originally tentatively scheduled for March 27. Pro Day will feature various workouts from former Roadrunner players in front of numerous scouts representing NFL teams. The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 27 and goes through Saturday, April 29.
By Jerry Briggs
Piranhas to the ball
The name of a feared South American fish species surfaced Monday as a description for the play of the UTSA defensive line.
As new line coach Bo Davis called it, 'Piranhas to the ball."
"I thought our defensive line was outstanding today," UTSA head coach Frank Wilson said. "They penetrated the line of scrimmage. They disengaged from blocks. They had a scoop and score and touchdown today."
Junior defensive tackle Kevin Strong Jr. was credited with the strip, and sophomore end Solomon Wise picked it up and ran it for the TD.
"Just flying all over the place,"
UTSA returned to practice following a week off for spring break. Overall, it was the fourth practice out of 15 in the team's spring camp.
"This morning, meetings were outstanding, and (we) just had one of our better practices, coming off spring break, as good as we've had all spring long, period."
Senior guard Kyle McKinney said he has noticed a change in atmosphere on the team since he arrived on campus in 2014.
"I think it comes down to the atmosphere,"
Coaches are watching closely the play of the backup quarterbacks, hoping to find someone who can emerge as the No. 2 behind Dalton Sturm in the fall.
Backup candidates include third-year sophomores Manny Harris and Jaylon Henderson and freshman Bryce Rivers, who played at
Also in camp are two walk-ons, junior Brandon Garza and redshirt freshman Clay Roberts.
Frank Harris will join the team this summer. Harris, a standout last fall at
Manny Harris (no relation to Frank) said the quarterbacks are helping each other.
"I would say there's a lot of competition, said Harris, a former record-setting player at
Asked if he felt he could solidify the No. 2 job with a good spring, Harris seemed uncertain.
"I just have to have a good spring and then it's all up to the coaches," he said. "We'll see from there.
Recruited by the previous coaching staff, Harris hasn't played in the two years he's been on campus.
"He's doing some good things,
FRANK WILSON POST-PRACTICE INTERVIEW