Roadrunners looking to make history in 2013

The UTSA Roadrunners have only been an active football program for two seasons prior to this year, but the upstart football program was born into existence when they hired former Miami head coach Larry Coker. The Roadrunners have spent one year as an FCS dependent, and played in the western athletic conference (WAC) last season. This year they will be joining Conference USA and hope to build on last season’s 8-4 finish. But this year will yield a tougher schedule and some bigger obstacles to get bowl eligible.

Luckily for the Roadrunners they will have an experienced team, especially on the offensive side of the ball with eight returning from last year. They will be lead by senior quarterback Eric Soza, who hopes to have a better season and remain healthy to be able to help the team get to the next level. If he is able to remain healthy, then look for him to be one of the best quarterbacks in the conference. Along with senior leadership at quarterback, it looks like the running backs will have some upper class men in the mix also. Led by junior David Glassco, this should make for an exciting backfield. But you can’t win consistently in 2013 without some down field weapons.

Luckily for Soza, the receiving corps returns intact and will look to build on last season’s successes. Soza will have plenty of targets down field with Juniors Kenny Harrison, Earon Holmes and Kam jones, Look for them to put up impressive numbers as these guys should have plenty of chemistry with their quarterback. But don’t forget about the shorter routes that will be run by senior Jeremiah Moeller at tight end will look to give Soza that underneath option when the secondary is keeping the receivers from getting free. Add in the fact this year’s o-line should be the best it has ever had in its brief history, and then everything points to this unit having a great year.

The Offense is responsible for putting points on the board, but no team can win without a solid defense and with eight returning starters to throw in, look for improved defense stats from this unit. Most of the starters will be returning juniors, so there will be room for improvement, but will help set up a special unit for next season also. Your senior leadership on the offensive line will be William Ritter, who will look to put pressure on the quarterback and keep some of the pressure off the secondary. The linebackers will also be another experienced unit to watch, with one senior Steven Kurfehs and the rest are juniors; this could be a special group who look to wreak havoc in the backfield.

There should be some improvement in the defensive secondary, but with no real senior leadership to fall back on, it will be tough to see this unit being a shut down unit. All in all, it could be a special season for the Roadrunners.

Last year’s 8-4 record was the best so far at UTSA, but they played some lower division foes, add in the fact they played in the WAC and UTSA wasn’t able to achieve its first ever bowl game. This year they look to have a tougher schedule with two BCS teams in the early part of the season. While achieving eight wins doesn’t look feasible, if they can have a winning record, then they will have to consider this a success.

8/31- New Mexico – W
9/7- Oklahoma St. – L
9/14- At Arizona – L
9/21- At UTEP – W
9/28- Houston – L
10/5- At Marshall – W
10/12- Rice – L
10/26- UAB – W
11/2- At Tulsa – L
11/9- Tulane – W
11/23- At North Texas – W
11/30- Louisiana Tech – W
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2013 Record: 6-6

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