With Team White overtaking Team Blue in this year’s spring game, we’re looking forward to what UTSA has to offer in the fall. To find out more, we talked with Greg Luca, sports writer at San Antonio Express-News and expert on UTSA. He gave us the lowdown on what to expect from this year’s offense, who he expects the No. 1 WR to be, and what the major questions are as we head into summer. Check out more from Luca on Twitter @GregLuca, and get more college fantasy football info on teams, stats and rankings right here at cfbdynasty.
Overall, how do you believe the offense will compare to the 2018 version?
The only way to go is up. UTSA’s offense ranked last nationally in 2018 with 247.1 yards per game. New offensive coordinator Jeff Kastl is not exactly overhauling the attack after spending last year as UTSA’s passing game coordinator and receivers coach, but he should bring some new twists to the table. The offensive line will be more experienced, if nothing else. And Frank Harris is expected to bring a spark to the quarterback position, particularly in the running game.
What do you expect from the QB position in 2019?
Seeing anyone other than Frank Harris start would be a surprise. Coach Frank Wilson has hinted that Harris would have been the starter last season had he not suffered an ACL tear during spring practice, forcing him to miss the entire year. He looked back to full strength in the spring, and I would expect him to man the position through the year as long as he stays healthy. With Harris taking the snaps, UTSA will turn to a lot of read-option running plays.
How do you see the workload at RB being distributed?
Brenden Brady came on strong late last year as a freshman, and I expect him to get the bulk of the work after he seemed to be the primary option during the spring game. B.J. Daniels finished as the team’s leading rusher last season but barely played during the spring game. He projects as a goal line option, but his absence is a red flag. Deven Boston was out last year due to injury and seemed to be a limited participant through spring practices, missing the spring game. He was expected to be a pretty significant contributor when he was brought in, so he could be worth keeping an eye on. Sincere McCormick, an incoming freshman, performed in the spring game like a player ready to take a role in the offense sooner rather than later.
How does the offensive line compare to the 2018 group?
Left tackle Treyvion Shannon, right tackle Josh Dunlop and left guard Spencer Burford are all returning to roles they filled last year. Indications during the spring were that last year’s starting center, Kevin Davis, is moving to right guard, while JUCO transfer Ahofitu Maka steps in at center. Coach Frank Wilson said competition at those two spots will continue through the offseason, with a few newcomers possibly joining the race. The group will be looking for significant improvement after struggling last year.
What do you think the distribution will be to the WR/TE's?
At wideout, I’d expect Sheldon Jones to be the No. 1 guy. UTSA started to look for him more and more as last season went on, and he and Harris seemed to have a really strong rapport during the spring game. Tariq Woolen and Tykie Ogle-Kellogg showed talent and inconsistency as freshmen last year. Blaze Moorhead and Kirk Johnson will get touches, but standout performances are not to be expected. Brett Winnegan could become a producer if he’s fully healthy – Wilson praised him as the team’s faster player last season. Tight end is a total unknown. The Roadrunners had almost no production from the position last year. Newcomer Leroy Watson has been praised for his physicality, but who knows how that will transfer to production.
For our dynasty owners, who are some young players that stand out as future breakout performers?
Really, all of the noteworthy offensive talent is young. I think QB Harris, RB Brady and WR Jones are poised to be the cornerstones of the offense for years to come. For Harris, the question will be health. For the others, their success will be contingent on the overall success of the offense around them, which is definitely a question mark.