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Roadrunner’s look to turn season around after Saturday’s win against Temple

Stephen Saenz
UTSA vs Tennessee on Sept. 23, 2023

Despite a 2-3 start, the Roadrunners still have a chance to turn this season into a success. The struggle with consistency and injuries has held UTSA football back from meeting the expectations that coach Jeff Traylor has instilled in the program. With questions about morale and health within the locker room, here are the three biggest takeaways from Traylor’s Monday press conference.

Throughout its nonconference schedule, UTSA has had trouble keeping the best players on the field. Quarterback Frank Harris has missed the last two games along with his top receiving threat, wide receiver De’Corian Clark, having played one snap all season.

 “He practiced last night, we will see what he looks like in Temple,” Traylor said coming into Saturday’s game against Temple. “If he moves around well, he will play.” 

Traylor added that Clark will also be a game time decision. Traylor feels that the bye week allowed UTSA to regain some depth, especially along the offensive line.

Coming into the season, the ‘Runners were predicted to finish second in the AAC, largely credited to the respect Traylor has earned in his four seasons at UTSA. Though, the Roadrunner’s 1-3 record is their worst through four games under coach Traylor. 

UTSA has raised its level of play in the last three years and now finds themselves in unfamiliar territory. 

“Everyone telling us how bad we are every day is motivating in itself,” Traylor said. “But you also have to be careful not to let that define your team.” 

The biggest current goal for the ‘Runners is to change the season trajectory with a win at Temple and to return to the Alamodome for a tough matchup against rival UAB. There is a lot of season left, but right now what is important is getting back in the win column. Though the rough start to the season has done little to shake the Roadrunners spirit.

“We know who we are and we are getting better,” Traylor said.

In order to turn back into a winning football team, UTSA must clean up the turnovers and force some on the defensive side. Through four weeks, the ‘Runners are one of the few teams in the nation that has yet to force a turnover on defense and has had eight turnovers on offense. 

“Our defensive line has got to be more physical,” Traylor said. “We have not gotten a holding penalty yet, so they are not being disruptive.” 

As for the offense, Traylor said the key to success is the same as the defense. 

“We have got to dominate up front,” Traylor said. “We thought we were going to be pretty good and deep there, now it is time to show that in conference play.”

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Rylan Renteria, Distribution Manager
Rylan is a psychology major in his junior year at UTSA, and is entering his second semester as a writer for The Paisano. As a major fan of both the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, Rylan is also very supportive of the San Antonio Spurs and all UTSA Athletics which can be shown in his commentary writing pieces. Aside from watching sports, Rylan enjoys watching horror movies, playing video games and playing intramural sports.
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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