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Practice Report 4.7.17

UTSA held spring practice #12 on Friday morning. InsideRunnerSports provides you a practice report.

By JJ Perez
For InsideRunnerSports.com

Down The Stretch They Come: Friday marked practice #12 on the spring calendar for the Roadrunners. The team will workout again next week to prepare for the spring game, which is set for Saturday, April 15 at 1pm at Dub Farris Stadium.

Scrimmage Too Close to Call: Friday’s at UTSA are typically when the team holds scrimmages. Today’s workout went a little longer than usual as the team wrapped up the closed-scrimmage. QB Dalton Sturm said he felt like the offense played well, especially late in the session as the unit mounted a scoring threat after starting from their own 1-yard line. On the flipside, LB Josiah Tauaefa said he thought the defense played especially well. Both players jokingly said

Sturm Not Complacent: Having locked down the starting quarterback position, senior Dalton Sturm said Friday he hasn’t taken anything for granted. In fact, he’s working even harder now. “I never want to get complacent. I come out here everyday to try to better myself. Being a starter at UTSA was a goal for me. Now that that’s there, I’ve got bigger goals. I want to be a better player. I want to be as big of an asset to this team as I can be.”

Backup QB Still Undecided: The competition for backup QB is one that is still ongoing. On Friday, Dalton Sturm said he had some advice for the players competing: “I think they’re doing a great job, all of the guys. Whether getting real reps or mental reps, I think they’re doing as much as they can. I’ve told them that the main thing is don’t compete against the guy you’re competing with. Compete against the guy from within.”

Sturm Notices Leadership Improvement: QB Dalton Sturm said he’s noticed a different level of leadership with this team. “The leadership of the team has emerged. We had some great leaders last year, don’t get me wrong. But this year, a lot of guys are holding each other way more accountable than I’ve ever seen.”

2016 No Fluke: All-American LB Josiah Tauaefa says he’s ready to show that last season wasn’t a fluke. He said he thinks fans will get a good glimpse of that in the spring. “I think this spring game is about showing people last season wasn’t a fluke. It’s an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up and show what they have and show the depth of our team.”

Tauaefa Ready to Interact with Fans: LB Josiah Tauaefa has grown to become one of fan favorites on the tam. On Friday he said he was eager to interact with the fan base at the spring game: “I love interacting with the fans. It will be fun. I can’t wait. It will be a fun atmosphere”

Pratt Upbeat: Wearing a no-contact orange jersey, regular starting center Austin Pratt appeared to be one of the more energetic players as Friday’s practice. Pratt has been held out of workouts this spring but he has still been very much involved in practices. As practiced ended Friday, he sprinted off the field and then offered words of encouragement to nearby players.

Ursua Credits Maturity to Navy Stint: Juco transfer TE Robert Ursua spoke with media for the first time on Friday. Next week, the California-native will turn 28 years old. Ursua spent time in the United States Navy following high school. He says that time in the Navy is helping with football now: “I don’t believe that my age has helped me mature. It’s more the Navy than anything. Doing the things I did and seeing the things I did help me better deal with situations. How I want to translate that here is that when it gets tough, or whatever the case may be, just keep pushing through.”

Scrimmage Non-Participants: Starting DE Marcus Davenport did not dress out or participate in Friday’s scrimmage. The San Antonio-native also did not participate in a scrimmage held this past Saturday. C Juan Perez-Isidoro and WR Larry Stephens were also not dressed at Friday practice.

Wilson Unavailable: Head Coach Frank Wilson did not speak with media following Friday’s practice session. A spokesman with UTSA said Wilson had a meeting to run off to as soon as practice was over.

Johnson to Workout with Cowboys: Former QB Jared Johnson has a workout scheduled with the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson came to UTSA last year as a graduate transfer from SamHoustonState. In his only year of eligibility, Johnson saw significant playing time as the backup QB.


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