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Traylor speaks after win over East Carolina, looks ahead to North Texas

Stephen Saenz

Now on a four-game winning streak, head coach Jeff Traylor held his weekly media roundtable to discuss the team’s record-breaking win, injuries and the upcoming matchup against North Texas. 

Coming into this game, East Carolina was last in the American Athletic Conference with a 1-7 overall record and winless in conference play. Their matchup against the Pirates was all about making sure the Roadrunners did not play down to their competition. 

“It kind of went as expected,” Traylor said. “Just an overall good football game and we are glad to get out of there with a win.” 

Since entering conference play, UTSA’s (5-3, 4-0 AAC) offense has averaged just over 41 points per game. The offense being able to create explosive plays is a factor that was missing in the first four weeks of the season. 

“We had kind of prepared for that all week, we were going to try and hurry up and score,” Traylor said. “It was fun to see.” 

Amidst the offensive success, linebacker Trey Moore made history by breaking the single season sack record at UTSA with 12 sacks through eight games. The record was previously held by former Roadrunner Clarence Hicks with 10.5 sacks in 2021.

“The kid is just relentless, he is a tireless competitor, he is just the poster child for what you want in an edge rusher,” Traylor said. 

Injury-wise, the Roadrunners came out of this match a bit banged up. However, Traylor would not go into specifics on who exactly was hurt. 

“It was all bad news,” Traylor said. “We will see what we look like today and see what tomorrow’s practice looks like.” 

Regarding De’Corian Clark, Traylor says he is waiting to speak with Clark before making any information public. Clark will likely redshirt this year and make a return in 2024, an option discussed by Traylor earlier in the season. 

The last time UTSA lost a conference game was on the road in 2021 against North Texas. The Roadrunners will head to Denton for the first time since then to try and keep their win streak alive. 

“They are hot right now, they are a good football team,” Traylor said. 

North Texas is coming off two very close losses against No. 21-ranked Tulane and Memphis (6-2, 3-1). Despite their 3-5 record UTSA will have its hands full trying to secure a win on the road against the Eagles. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Apogee Stadium.

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Rylan Renteria
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
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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