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UTSA Roadrunners 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

UTSA Roadrunners 2017 Preview

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The defensive minded UTSA Roadrunners hope to make plenty of noise in the CUSA in 2017.

Overview: Frank Wilson might have ‘only’ gone 6-7 in his first year as head coach for UTSA but that was three more wins then the team had in 2015. Can Wilson get consistent scoring from the offense to help a solid Roadrunners defense?

UTSA Roadrunners 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

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Offense: The success of the UTSA Roadrunners offense likely depends on what quarterback Dalton Sturm and the receiving corps can do in the air. Sturm completed under 57% of his throws last year which was down from 2015 but he made fewer mistakes and got the ball downfield a little better. UTSA does get back their top four targets from a season ago but as a whole, this group struggled to catch the ball. The Roadrunners were far more efficient on the ground and should be again behind Jalen Rhodes who averaged over five yards per touch with the added benefit of being sure handed in the passing game. The Texas-San Antonio offensive line has plenty of experience which should only help but they don’t throw or catch the football.

Defense: In 2016, the UTSA Roadrunners were solid on the defensive side of the football but were vulnerable to big pass plays and were near the bottom of the rankings last season in big plays allowed. Overall, Texas-San Antonio returns four of their top five linemen led by end Marcus Davenport who can play in a few positions. The Roadrunners also get back three of their top four linebackers including Josiah Tauefa (9 TFL) and Wilson has added plenty of high rated recruits throughout the front seven so depth and performance looks good on paper. UTSA will have to break in new safety’s so the big pass plays allowed a year ago might haunt the secondary although Wilson has addressed his secondary with more high ranked recruits coming in!

Special Teams: Yannis Routsas will handle punting after averaging 42 yards on 69 boots in 2016 while Victor Falcon was fantastic on sub 40 yard field goals. Matt Guidry gives UTSA a boost in the return game and anchors what is likely a top 60 special teams unit. 

Outlook: If Texas-San Antonio develops a competitive passing attack, the defense will hold up their end of the bargain and have the Roadrunners Bowling and possibly challenging Louisiana Tech for supremacy in the CUSA West.

Schedule:

9-2 vs. Houston

9-9 @ Baylor

9-16 vs. Southern U

9-23 @ Texas State

10-7 vs. Southern Miss

10-14 @ North Texas

10-21 vs. Rice

10-28 @ UTEP

11-4 @ Florida International

11-11 vs. UAB

11-18 vs. Marshall

11-25 @ Louisiana Tech

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