JJ Perez, InsideRunnerSports

Spring Game Thoughts

UTSA held their seventh-annual spring game Saturday. JJ Perez provides several thoughts on the game.

By JJ Perez
For InsideRunnerSports.com

Five thoughts from Saturday’s spring game:

QB PLAY
Dalton Sturm was just okay. The first team offense sputtered to start the game but eventually got things going. Following the game, Sturm admitted that today wasn’t he best performance of the spring. Overall, however, Sturm has been solid this spring and is the unquestioned starter. The real debate is what happens at backup. Bryce Rivers was good Saturday. He was the second QB to enter the game. Manny Harris was good as well. Late in the game, Jaylon Henderson emerged as well to make some plays. The battle at backup appears to be a very close race. We should see an updated two-deep depth chart next week. That will be very telling on who leads the race for backup QB

D-LINE STEPS UP
UTSA’s defensive line played as well as any unit. Marcus Davenport did not play but Baylen Baker, King Newton, Eric Banks, and Soloman Wise did and all played well. The unit recorded two scoop and scores. The first was by DeQuarius Henry and the second by King Newton, which ended the game.

CLAY LEADS BACKS
Tyrell Clay carried the ball 10 times for 48 yards with two touchdowns. UTSA was thin at RB today. Regular starting back Jalen Rhodes was held out due to a lingering injury. Clay had the most production of any RB. Two QBs, Jaylon Henderson and Manny Harris, both ran good as well. Each recorded 19 yards on four carries.

OVERALL GOOD DAY BUT…
The goal of every spring game is to play well and stay healthy. For the most part, the offense, defense, and special teams of the Roadrunners had good days. The lone negative came early only when CB Teddrick McGhee suffered a leg injury and did not return.

EXCITEMENT RISING
To my surprise, UTSA faithful turned out in the thousands for Saturday’s spring game. Head Coach Frank Wilson said the crows was in excess of 5,000 fans. It certainly appeared that much. On a holiday weekend with bad weather expected, UTSA fans still showed up. There’s a consensus thought that there may be a decline in excitement in Wilson’s second year. Based on the spring game crowd, that does not appear to be the case.

 


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