UTSA: Farewell to the “Original Eighteen”

The “original eighteen” members of UTSA’s football program played their last game yesterda, as the season came to a close. It was thoroughly heartwarming to see all eighteen on the field, standing proud with their families. Special recognition was given to each player by Coach Coker and Athletic Director, Lynn Hickey.

All of the players’ parents, decked out in their sons’ jerseys, along with brothers and sisters, stretched from one end of the field to the other, along with the entire senior class.

We owe so much to these guys and their names will forever be in UTSA’s history. They started it all. They took a chance with a nonexistent team. Their families let them take a chance, also. Moms and Dads gave them the green light to move to San Antonio, not knowing what the future would hold for their sons, but banked on the promises from Lynn Hickey, and Larry Coker, that their sons would be in good hands.

Humble beginnings: playing in borrowed/donated jerseys and pads, practicing on a high school field, and playing their first ‘practice’ season only against each other… They were underdogs against themselves. But college football is surprisingly something that San Antonio didn’t have. UTSA Alumni, students, and San Antonio residents showed up in droves to buy season tickets and watch some Roadrunner football. For the very first home game these guys played in the Alamodome, 56,743 fans showed up to cheer, and UTSA won 31-3 against Northeastern State. These original eighteen humbly started as a FCS independent team. UTSA football was accepted to the WAC in 2012 where they played one year, then quickly advanced again to C-USA in 2013.

Listed numerically: #1 Kam Jones, #4 Crosby Adams III, #5 Brandon Armstrong, #9 Marcellus Mack, #11 David Glasco II, #12 Earon Holmes, #22 Nic Johnston, #24 Darrien Starling, #27 Nate Shaw, #43 Cody Rogers, #55 Nate Leonard, #58 Ferrington Macon, #61 Richard Burge, #68 Cody Harris, #79 Scott Inskeep, #83 Cole Hubble, #86 Seth Grubb, #92 Sean Ianno

To see everyone’s bio, go to GoUTSA.com

After a somewhat underwhelming season, yesterday’s game was surely emotional for many reasons. We will all be sad to see these guys leave, but we bid them farewell and hope for much success in their future endeavors.

Go ‘RUNNERS!

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