It was a fantastic day Saturday at the Alamodome, celebrating Fiesta, and watching the UTSA Roadrunners play their 2014 Spring Game in front of 3,200 fans. Many recruits and parents were in attendance to witness the greatness of the quickly growing UTSA football program.
You may have noticed that the score escalated quickly, and was quite different than regular season games. Here’s the scoring system used in the game:
touchdown — 6
extra point — 1
two-point conversion — 2
field goal — 3
first down — 1
stop (scoreless drive) — 3
takeaway/safety — 5 (trumps a stop)
Starting QB Carter (Orange Team) looked natural, comfortable from the get go. In the 1st Q, two players had to be helped off the field: RB Coleman, and RB Glasco. These were the only injuries, and both returned to play. QB Robinson, a redshirt freshman (White Team), looked a little nervous to begin. He quickly became more comfortable and it showed in his throwing. Robinson threw for 164 yards on 20-of-34 passing, while Carter completed 11-of-22 passes for 125 yards and a score. Josiah Monroe had a stellar day. He created quite a buzz during and after the game among fans on his eight catches for 58 yards. Holmes also played well, having three receptions for 46 yards.
What they had to say:
Coach Coker said this after the game,
“Offensively, we had too many negative plays. We had some penalties. We had a chance to make some big plays and we got some big plays in. The defense came out ready. They were pretty dominant. They’re going to be pretty good and they have been all spring. We have a lot of guys back. Our secondary play is better and they’ll be strong up front. Our defense is pretty solid. Our offense has to raise their game up. I like both quarterbacks. I think I saw some things out of both quarterbacks.”
Starting QB Tucker Carter had this to say after Saturday’s game,
“We made some big plays, but we took too many sacks and made too many mistakes offensively. It’s good to look up there and see we still had 33 points on the board. We are doing some good things and we know that.” Commenting on the team’s performance during spring practice, he says “we improved a lot as a team. We did some good things this spring and improved in a lot of areas. We know that we are going to take a week or two off and then it’s back to work. We have the summer sessions, running and lifting every day. We don’t take days off.”
Codie Brooks, sophomore DE from Seguin, TX, said, “It’s scary how good of a defense we can be and we’re still missing people. We’re still missing some people on defense and we’re still playing great.“ Mentioning offense, he added,
“We always seem like a second-half team on offense. If things go down the drain in the first half they always find a way to pick themselves up. It’s always good seeing that your offense doesn’t stay in the hole and can get you out of it.”
It may have essentially been a scrimmage, but let me tell you, it looks like UTSA Football 2014 will be a force to be reckoned with. Are you ready?
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