By Jerry Briggs
An extra year of experience under coach Frank Wilson and offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo should help lead to better consistency on offense next season, UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm said Friday morning.
Sturm, however, called on everyone to put in the extra effort to make it happen.
"Just knowing the offense is not going to all of a sudden empower us to get 500 yards (a game)," Sturm said. "It's going to take discipline. It’s going to take film work. It’s going to take the grind, coming out here every single day. But I think we’re moving (on) the right track right now."
Last fall, UTSA ranked sixth in the 13-team Conference
The Roadrunners' passing attack (213.6 yards) and rushing (161.8 yards) both ranked ninth.
On occasion, UTSA showed explosive tendencies, rolling up 520 yards or more in three games. But in five others, the offense sputtered, totaling 322 yards or less.
Addressing the issue after a Friday morning practice during spring camp, Sturm agreed that part of last year's consistency problems could be traced to learning a new system.
"I definitely do think that some of it was (getting to know) the coaches, guys not knowing exactly what they were going to do," he said. "But it's not an excuse. If we (gain 500 yards) three times out of 12 or 13 games, then it's possible to do it every week."
UTSA's offense exploded for 500-yard games against Southern Miss, UTEP and Charlotte.
All told, the Roadrunners posted a 2-1 record in those games, all of them at the Alamodome, including a 52-49 loss in five overtimes to UTEP.
UTSA's worst days on offense, at least in total yards, came against
The Roadrunners lost four of those five games, winning against only
Sturm said he'd like to see everyone on the team make a better effort to understand the offense before September.
"They can’t just go out there and know their own job," he said. "They have to know entire play. What’s the design of the play? Where is the run going to hit? So they can perfect their blocks, perfect their routes."
He said he thinks the team has made progress along those lines this spring.
"I think everybody is way more knowledgeable," Sturm said. "I think it's going to be a big help."