Keys To Victory: UAB

Keys To Victory: UAB

Coming off tough three consecutive losses, the Roadrunners host UAB on Saturday. The IRS Staff breaks down the keys to victory.

Having lost five of their last six contests, the Roadrunners play the UAB Blazers coming off a bye week. Here are the keys to victory:


WR JaMarcus Nelson and RB Darrien Reaves are two of the more dynamic players on the squad for UAB.

Nelson is a game-time decision with an ankle injury. If he does go, he will pose a tremendous challenge for the UTSA secondary.

Reaves is expected to play coming off concussion-like symptoms two weeks ago. Last season, Reaves was one of the best RBs in Conference USA as he rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

Fortunately, run defense has been a strong point for the UTSA Hard Hat Defense.

Limiting the big plays from both Nelson and Reaves will be critical.


One thing UTSA has proved they can do this season is move the ball. We've seen the offense put up some impressive yardage totals.

Pass defense is one of the weaker parts of the UAB squad, giving up nearly 300 yards in the air per game. It will be critical for QB Eric Soza and his wide receivers to capitalize on that.

Many times this season, UTSA has been on the opposite side of this, with the ‘Runner secondary getting picked on. However, in this game vs UAB, the ‘Runners hold the advantage and must exploit it in order to be successful.


In all of UTSA's losses this season, they have fallen behind early. This has put a ton of pressure on the defense and has made the offense get a little more aggressive than it should.

An early start cannot be understated, especially since the ‘Runners have limited large play ability.

If UTSA is able to jump out to an early lead, the offense should be able to use their balanced-attack game plan to methodically win the game.

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