Shabazz I. Dawkins, The Paisano
With a record of 1-6, the UTSA Roadrunners are on pace to have their worst season in program history. Coming off of the heels of a 10-32 dismantling from Southern Miss on Saturday, the upcoming bye week will give UTSA an opportunity to heal and make some adjustments in an attempt to save what has so far been a disappointing season.
Of 127 teams, UTSA is currently ranked 112th in total offense. The abysmal ranking does nothing to tell the story of an offense that has struggled to establish an identity. During the preseason, much of the rhetoric surrounding UTSA offense was that it would be “high-octane” and “down-the-field.”
These assumptions of UTSA’s offense came without the knowledge that the Roadrunners would struggle finding a staple behind center through seven games.
UTSA Head Coach Larry Coker had four apparent options at the start of the season to take the starting role at quarterback, Austin Robinson, Blake Bogenschutz, Walt Bellamy and Dalton Sturm.
With Bellamy and Robinson electing to leave the program and starter Bogenschutz falling to an untimely injury, that number dwindled to one over the last few weeks.
Although Bogenschutz will likely reassume starting duties following the bye week, Sturm has been a great story for the Roadrunners this season.
A native of Goliad, Sturm came to UTSA as an unheralded walk-on. He tied a program record in his first start with four touchdowns against Colorado State. Although his passing attack cooled last weekend against Southern Miss (6-of-22 for 66 yards, one touchdown), Sturm’s impressive running ability gives the Roadrunners a dynamic option at quarterback.
Sturm is currently second on the team in rushing attempts and yards behind another player who has had a breakout season so far — junior running back Jarveon Williams.
With five games remaining on the schedule, Williams has already eclipsed David Glasco II’s rushing record of 570 yards, set in 2014.
Williams, who is currently sitting at 618 yards rushing — good for fifth in Conference USA (C-USA) — is on pace to break the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Williams, who has looked dominant at times this season (170 rushing yards against Colorado State) leads a rushing attack that is only good for 9th of 13 in the conference — a ranking only one place better than UTSA’s passing attack.
UTSA’s offense, which has some talented individual contributors, has simply not clicked together as a unit.
UTSA would be wise to continue utilizing their talented senior tight end, David Morgan II. Morgan, who was recently named to the John Mackey Award midseason watch list (an award given to the nation’s top tight end), currently leads UTSA in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
At 6’4” 260-pounds, Morgan has elite size that accompanies his soft hands and tenacious work ethic. Morgan has consistently presented opposing defenses with match-up trouble and if he continuous his strong 2015 campaign, he stand a chance of being the first UTSA football player to be selected in the NFL draft.
UTSA’s offense will not be on display for Roadrunner fans until a favorable Homecoming match-up with Old Dominion, Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Alamodome. Before that, the Roadrunners will have an extra week to scheme for an away game against North Texas on Oct. 31.