College Football Preview: The 2015 Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners Preview
2014 Record: 4-8
The Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners look to rebuild on the fly with the roster wiped clean by graduation.
Overview: Texas-San Antonio’s claim to fame in 2014 might have been a narrow loss to Arizona before the offense struggled and injuries hit leading to a 4-8 record. Can Larry Coker get the team back on track with just a handful of starters back?
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Offense: The Roadrunners were always banged up at quarterback in 2014 and with Tucker Carter gone do we see Blake Bogenschutz who broke his hand in his second start or Austin Robinson who hit on 55.5% of his throws for 645 yards or perhaps Michigan transfer Russell Bellamy or any of the six quarterbacks on the roster. Robinson did give UTSA some production on the ground with 321 yards which would be handy with leading returning runner Jarveon Williams (66-325) averaging less then five yards per touch. Aaron Grubb and his 22 catches is the leading receiver back with Oklahoma transfer Dannon Cavil and JUCO JaBryce Taylor likely to step in. The line gets back one starter and 22 career starts overall.
Defense: The defense was picked clean by graduation as well with defensive end Jason Neill the lone returning starter up front with seven TFL and four sacks to build around. Drew Douglas is the lone linebacker of significance back with his 53.5 tackles and seven TFL. S Triston Wade is gone along with four picks and ten passes defended which is more then all the returning secondary combined. There are plenty of young faces that might help out but until we see them on the field it’s an unknown which describes the defense as a whole.
Special Teams: The special teams was hit hard like the rest of the team with the Roadrunners in need of a punter and place kicker. Jarveon Williams handled 15 kicks a year ago and Aaron Grubb brought back six punts so both are areas of concern.
Outlook: With a tough schedule and so many players gone it’s tough to see Texas-San Antonio doing a whole lot. Perhaps if a quarterback is found and the transfers and new faces step up the Roadrunners win a few games but not much beyond that.