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Frank Wilson: 'We got better today'

UTSA was back at workouts on Wednesday morning for Spring Practice #8. InsideRunnerSports provides a practice report.

By Jerry Briggs
For InsideRunnerSports.com

The UTSA Roadrunners enjoyed a productive practice while being asked to perform in a variety of situational drills, coach Frank Wilson said Wednesday morning.

"We put ‘em in various situations and they did well," Wilson said.  "They responded well.  The competition was back and forth today.  Today was a good day for us.  We got better today."

The coach's comments came two days after the team's previous workout, after which Wilson scolded his players verbally on the field.

Looking back, Wilson admitted that he showed up on Monday morning in a bad mood.

"There was nothing they could do right," he said with a chuckle. "So, today was better.  Today was much better."

UTSA deep snapper Matt Bayliss said Monday's outburst underscores how the coach wants to keep the team focused after a successful season.

"Yeah, that’s the energy that he brings," said Bayliss, a fifth-year senior.  "He makes sure we get stuff done."

Wilson said he won't let the team's work habits slide just because it qualified for a bowl game last year.

"You can't," Wilson said.  "Not when you're trying to build something.  When you're trying to achieve and eclipse milestones ... Sometimes you just got to lead 'em in the right way.  And we will.  We'll get 'em where we need to be, to be the best they can be."

Offensive line question
Trying to find starters at the left and right offensive tackle positions this spring, Wilson said both Josh Oatis and Josh Dunlop are in the mix.

"It's open competition, but they're competing well," Wilson said. "You know, we have some really good pass rushers, so the task becomes very challenging, blocking Marcus Davenport and those guys."

Oatis is a 6-foot-4, 305-pound redshirt freshman from Gulfport, Mississippi.   He signed out of high school with UTSA in 2016.  Dunlop is a 6-7, 300-pound sophomore who played last fall at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College.  Dunlop is from Zionsville, Indiana.

"They've been good," Wilson said.  "We're going to need a little bit more consistency.   But they've been good."

Quarterbacks update
Asked how the quarterbacks fared in Wednesday's practice, Wilson said, "Dalton (Sturm) did very good today."  Asked about other players behind Sturm, the No. 1 quarterback, Wilson said, "Dalton did very good today."

UTSA's fastest men
Coaches held 40-yard dashes after practice in an effort to determine the fastest players on the team.  Jacolbie Butler, Stanley Dye, Brett Winnegan and Matt Guidry made the finals, though it was uncertain who won the last race.

Pro Day reflections
Wilson said he thinks the team's annual Pro Day, which was held Tuesday, went well.

Scouts representing most of the NFL teams attended.

"They continue to recognize the things that we're doing and the culture that we're creating, for our players to be in position to be prospects," Wilson said. "I thought our players competed very hard and did some good things.  It'll only get greater later."

Wilson said the day serves as an inspiration to athletes in the program who have designs on a professional career.

"Here's what it says to them," Wilson said.  "It says, 'All your dreams and aspirations can happen here at UTSA.  You don't have to go anywhere else.  You want a platform? How about all 32 teams represented for you.  What else could you want?"


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