Growing Pains

At the beginning of this season, UTSA had a lot of nationwide press talking about the success of the young program and how Larry Coker and his experience has launched this team into the forefront of CUSA football. With its heavy load of seniors on board, UTSA is the most experienced team.

The Roadrunners blew out Houston, quite embarrassingly, at the grand opening of their new stadium. UTSA has only had one win since then which was at the homecoming game against Florida International…and it wasn’t pretty at all. Their current record is 2-5, including the latest loss to Louisiana Tech.

So, the questions everyone is asking is, why?? Who’s to blame? What happened? Coach Coker has said before that, as head coach, losses are his fault. He takes the blame.

Tucker Carter first mentioned a shoulder injury back on September 13th. He’s been nursing it since, playing very cautiously, if at all. Blake Bogenschutz had his first freshman career start on October 12th. He was pulled from the game in the 1st quarter, had ice on his right forearm, and did not return. Both starting and backup quarterbacks are hurt… Not good. Until further notice, Austin Robinson will take their places. He’s a very talented young man, but ‘young’ is the key word here, he’s also a red-shirt freshman. Austin has gotten field time during games, and he has a very energetic field presence that the whole team seems to gravitate toward.

This is UTSA’s first year of being bowl-eligible. We all want so badly for starting seniors to get to a bowl game. I’m not sure if it’s possible anymore, but the guys can’t give up. There are 5 games left to show the country that this team, which was talked about so highly in the beginning of the season, have got a lot of fight left in them. Every single game is televised and that’s a darn good reason right there for every single player to give it all they’ve got.

These guys really need support from the fans to give them reassurance that we still (and always) will believe in them.

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