Expert Q&A 2020 UTSA Football

UTSA was a force to be ignored last season. They finished 4-8, which was a surprisingly common record in the C-USA last season. But 2020 is a new year. Will they be able to make some noise next season? UTSA beat writer Jared Kalmus has the low down on the Roadrunners.

Jared Kalmus is an Assistant Site Manager & UTSA Beat Writer for UnderdogDynasty.com and Producer & Host for AlamodomeAudible.com.

Overall, how do you believe the offense will compare to the 2019 season?

While there are so many unknowns around UTSA’s season, I think we’ll likely see the offense check in around the same S&P+ offensive ranking as last year (116). UTSA will need to replace two starting offensive tackles, while a major position battles looms under center. The Roadrunners have some promising young players to look forward to, but there are just too many question marks abound to have much confidence in the team’s ability to light up the scoreboard.

What do you expect from the QB position in 2020?

If I had to place a bet right now, I would expect either Frank Harris or Josh Adkins to get the first snaps next season. Harris was extremely accurate in the pocket last season, but he continues to fight against the injury bug. Adkins was a two year starter at New Mexico State before transferring to his hometown program. Adkins has the experience and big arm to guide the offense to success.

How do you see the workload at RB being distributed?

There’s no doubt that sophomore running back Sincere McCormick will be one of the main features of the offense. The Freshman All-American broke two school rushing records last season and should improve in his sophomore season. Brenden Brady will join him as UTSA’s other feature back. Senior BJ Daniels has his name in the transfer portal, so if he ships out of town then incoming freshmen Jaylon Lott and Kaedric Cobbs could see early snaps.

How does the offensive line compare to the 2019 group?

The interior should be improved. Spencer Burford and Ahofitu Maka are two major cogs at center and guard. The bookends are pretty much unknowns at this point though. UTSA has gone after several JUCO transfers as the current talent on the roster is a better fit in the interior.

What do you think the distribution will be to the WR/TE’s?

Sophomore Zakhari Franklin will in all likelihood be UTSA’s leading receiver this year after he broke out as a freshman last season with his impressive speed. Josh Cephus and Tykee Ogle-Kellogg should also be prominently featured out wide. Allen Horace should make an immediate impact at tight end as UTSA’s highest-rated recruit in program history. The 6’5″ tight end is a tough matchup for most defender and faces minimal competition for targets among the current group of tight ends.

For our dynasty owners, who are some young players that stand out as future breakout performers?

De’Corian Clark played a little bit as a true freshman, but he has the size and athleticism to really break out this season as there are plenty of reps to be shared out wide. I also like incoming freshman Isaiah Davis’ potential, thought he may not see action until later in the season as he gets some collegiate experience under his belt. Given the rarity of game-changing tight ends across college football, Allen Horace probably has the highest fantasy potential as a long-term keeper.

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