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The UTSA Roadrunners are narrowing down the traveling team for the first game in Arizona and there were a couple of surprises for many (like the market crash) as to who is going and why. The Roadrunners on Offense will have many new faces when they travel for next weeks opener in Tucson. One of our favorites will be there but not on the same side as last year.

 

Austin to Arizona

As reported by Inside Runner Sports earlier this week, Austin Robinson will be moving to the safety position due to the log jam and increased talent that would force Austin to ride the bench this year. Earlier this month I had stated that Robinson at WR would make the UTSA receiving unit one of the biggest in the conference for the next few years.

Today, Express News' Jerry Briggs confirmed that Robinson will line up as a safety and travel with the team to Arizona with the possibility of playing on the special teams while he learns the safety position. As a matter of fact, Robinson is said to have requested playing on the defense even after his coaches gave him the option to play an H-back position.

This is a great move for Robinson! And depending on his toughness and ability to tackle, Robinson might have just been given the opportunity to make it to the next level.

With the physical nature of the Dawg position, Robinson would make sense here. Egwaugu and Dahlquist are headhunters and injuries are common in a long 12 game season. Robinson, 6'3'' 220 will have time to learn the position and be ready to fill in by mid season. Eventually getting some major time on the field as he makes this position even stronger.  Congratulations to him( chance at the NFL now) and wish him the best!

 

Gray Matters

Injuries to Juan Perez and Zach Hester on the Offensive line will produce the projected line up of Will Cavanaugh at center flanked by Sophomores Kyle McKinney and Reed Darragh on one side and JUCO transfer Austin Pratt at guard on the other side. Next to Pratt at the tackle position will be Jordan Gray to round out the projected starters for the Arizona game.

While the 3 sophomores get their first start and try to find a groove with the two seniors, the lineman whose play will be crucial in my opinion will be Jordan Gray.  Gray, 6'2'' 265 will have his work cut out for him going against some pretty big and talented pass rushers this year. As the lightest starting lineman(listed at 265lbs) we know he is tough but our question is, “can he last the entire season on both passing and running downs, taking on some of the best big athletes on the defensive line?

I have always liked Gray who transitioned from a TE to OT and has played significantly in the past two years. With such inexperience on this years offensive line, he has the most important job on passing downs... protecting the QB's blindside. Gray will need a “break out” game next week to help the Roadrunners win and to keep QB Bogenschutz in the game.

 

Kudos To Clay

Also mentioned in Briggs' write up was that RB Tyrell Clay was awarded a scholarship and will be in a three back rotation with Javeon Williams and Jalen Rhodes.  Clay was a RB that I pointed out in my last write up as a "break out" player. He is compact and runs tough and will complement the other two backs nicely. Congratulations to this young man on the scholarship!

 

 

Go Roadrunners!

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