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Frank Harris remains a game-time decision ahead of Saturday’s AAC opener

UTSA football yet to name starting quarterback for game at Temple
Stephen Saenz

After two full weeks of practice, the 1-3 Roadrunners are preparing for their inaugural American Athletic Conference matchup against the Temple Owls (2-3) on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 

Seventh-year quarterback Frank Harris has been out with a turf toe injury that was suffered in the week two Texas State game. UTSA played its third and fourth game without the veteran in the backfield, resulting in two-straight losses for the ‘Runners. 

When asked about Harris’s status leading up to Saturday’s conference opener, coach Jeff Traylor said we will not know until after the pregame warm-ups. 

“I would imagine if he’s feeling good in warmups, we’ll go. If he’s not, we won’t,” Traylor said. “You got to be smart. You don’t want to get [Harris] injured during the week, but you still have to get him ready. It will be a game-time decision.” 

If Harris is not ready to go for Saturday’s critical AAC matchup against Temple, there are questions on who will run the Roadrunner offense. Backup Eddie Lee Marburger has gotten the starting nod the last two games, completing 61.7 percent of his passes and totaling a stat line of three touchdowns and 300 yards with one interception. 

Colorado transfer Owen McCown replaced Marburger in the second half of the Tennessee game, completing 18 of 20 passes for 170 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. 

Coach Traylor did not speak on his game plan on who would be the starter if Harris is ruled out. Both Marburger and McCown have had impressive showings in their stints at quarterback in the wake of Harris’s toe injury, which sparks an interesting conversation on who will take the snap for the ‘Runners in an attempt to turn the season around.

Kickoff against Temple will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Lincoln Financial Field. The game can be streamed on ESPN+ and UTSA Sports Media Network, Ticket 760 AM. 

For live game updates, follow our X @paisano_sports

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Nicholas Kingman
Nicholas Kingman, Assistant Opinion Editor
Nicholas is a freshman CAP student who joined The Paisano in Summer 2023. He is a San Antonio Native and is excited to stay home for another year.
Stephen Saenz
Stephen Saenz, Photographer

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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