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Coach Jeff Traylor talks about preparation for Saturday night matchup against Houston

Stephen Saenz

The Roadrunners 2023 season started this past Saturday against Houston at TDECU Stadium, where UTSA fell 17-14. Though the ‘Runners fell in their season-opener for the second-straight season to the Cougars, Traylor presents answers to our offseason questions. 

Coach Jeff Traylor started his roundtable presser last Monday by being asked how the roster spots look. Traylor seems to have a good idea who will start.

“We are all pretty much set for the 22 starters on the field,”  Traylor said.

The fourth-year coach went on to talk about the atmosphere in Houston’s game at TDECU Stadium, stating that, “It will be tough as coach Holgorsen is an offensive mastermind, along with Houston’s hot weather.” The Roadrunners have practiced every day in the hot sun in San Antonio in preparation for Saturday’s conditions. 

UTSA quarterback Frank Harris went into Saturday’s game looking to make a bold statement despite having many offseason injuries. Traylor stated that month by month, Harris has shown immense improvement. 

“He had his best practice last night,” said Traylor. “When zero is back there behind that center, we all have a chance.”

The seventh-year quarterback brings a big presence on and off the field from the fans, to the staff and to players. Harris, along with many teammates such as tight end Oscar Cardenas, make their way on the roster as San Antonio natives. 

“They feel like they are overlooked in recruiting, so it feels good that we can put one of our own to lead this football team,” said Traylor. 

Frank Harris has given UTSA the national spotlight in football as the Roadrunners were spotted on the College Football Playoff Rankings each of the last two seasons.

Houston has had recent on-field success, winning 20 games in the last two seasons. Traylor reflected on last year’s triple overtime loss against the Cougars saying, “We got dominated by the defensive line and we have to be better Saturday night.” 

The Roadrunners came into Houston as a one-point favorite before losing by a field goal.

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Stephen is a first-year mechanical engineering major with a minor in business administration. Stephen is from McAllen, TX, but has lived in San Antonio for about 9 years now. This is his first-year shooting for The Paisano, however, Stephen has loved film and photography since he was around 10-11 years old and has actively been pursuing freelance photography for about a year now. While photograph is not his major, Stephen is currently focused on growing his name in the industry by focusing on his photography business, however, if it’s not editing or taking photos, he is either listening to music, watching movies, in a coffee shop or finding a good spot to eat. Stephen is a part of other organizations like Engineers Without Borders and works for a non-profit in San Antonio called Kinetic Kids.

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