The UTSA Roadrunners are the most-experienced team in all of FBS this year, returning 21 of 24 starters from last season, and boasting a country-leading 37 seniors.
So there are a lot of names out there, but I'm going to narrow it down to five for you heading into Thursday's game. Here's a look.
1. Hawk LB Jens Jeters #42
UTSA plays a 4-2-5 defensive scheme, so Jeters is opposite the Mike LB Drew Douglas. In his first career start, Jeters was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week after recording five tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery as part of the Roadrunners' most dominating game on defense ever. Houston finished that game with -26 rushing yards, and went three-and-out on eight of their first nine possessions.
2. WR Kam Jones #1
UTSA is similar to Arizona in that they use all of their receivers (seven different receivers on fifteen completions last week). Kam Jones is the leader of this group, having started 26 games in his collegiate career. He led the team with four catches last week, and although he only managed 17 yards, he's still arguably the biggest threat in the passing game. Look for Larry Coker to do something similar to UNLV and match him up with Jarvis McCall until McCall can prove that he can cover Jones.
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3. RB David Glasco II #11
Outside of the left-half of the offensive line, Glasco has the most career starts on offense. This will be his 30th collegiate start. In ten games last season Glasco rushed for 496 yards on 95 carries. Last Friday, he had 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Houston. Listed at 5-10, 205 pounds, he's very similar to the backs at Arizona build-wise. Last season against Arizona, Glasco rushed for 70 yards, including a 42-yarder early in the second quarter.
UTSA will also use sophomore Jarveon Williams out of the backfield. Williams had 12 carries last week.
4. FS Triston Wade #7
Triston Wade led UTSA in tackles (94) and interceptions (2) last season, and was second team All-Conference USA. He was also first-team All-WAC two years ago. Expect to hear his name a lot on the telecast if Arizona is able to get anything going offensively. In the four-year history of the program, Wade is UTSA's all-time leader in interceptions, pass breakups, forced fumbles, and fumble recoveries.
5. DE Codie Brooks #94
Although he's not technically listed as a starter on UTSA's official depth chart, Codie Brooks should play a large role on the Roadrunner defensive line. He assisted on five tackles last week, and last season, he was tied for the team lead in sacks (5) with the other defensive end Robert Singletary. Arizona's offensive line will be tested this week much more than last, and it starts with keeping the ends under control to give Anu Solomon as much time as possible.