Top Football Story Lines of 2014

As a new calendar year begins, IRS Staff looks at the top questions facing Roadrunner Football in 2014.

#1 – Who will emerge as starting quarterback?

UTSA will enter the Spring without Eric Soza at the helm. But waiting in the wings are two reserves that have been in the system for several seasons now. Senior to be, Tucker Carter saw some action in a handful of games in 2013. Sophomore to be, Zach Conque saw some significant action in the 2013 Spring. Both players are good enough where Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown may have the option of waiting until the fall to make a final determination of who will be the starter.


#2 – Can UTSA become bowl eligible?

In 2014, UTSA will be fully bowl eligible. But can they win six or more games? With four non-conference games already set (at Houston, vs Arizona, at Oklahoma St, and vs New Mexico), that question will largely be based upon the schedule handed out by Conference USA. Having proven they could hold their own in CUSA play, it is likely than many will expect UTSA to surpass the six-win bowl eligibility threshold.


#3 –Will UTSA compete for the CUSA Title?

UTSA will return numerous of contributors on both sides of the ball in 2014. After being predicted to finish last in the CUSA standings prior to the 2013 season, the Roadrunners surpassed all reasonable expectations and were just one game away from earning a berth in the CUSA Title game. In 2014, expect the Roadrunners to be among the favorites for CUSA play. Like it did in 2013, qualifying for the title game will come down to UTSA's record within their division of CUSA.


#4 – How will the team handle adversity?

In each of the last two seasons, UTSA has suffered a multiple-game losing streak only to follow that up with a multiple-game winning streak to close those seasons. Although it is tough to predict exactly when the difficult times in a schedule may occur, UTSA has proven that they have the ability and will to bounce back.


#5 – How active will recruiting be having to replace the 2014 graduating seniors?

More than 30 scholarship seniors are scheduled to graduate following the 2014 season. Beginning later in January, UTSA will be start to be as active as they've ever been trying to replenish those positions. It will all start with a Junior Day, likely held sometime in February, followed by staff combing the state for high school and juco talent throughout the spring. The summer satellite camps will allow staff to evaluate talent on an individual level. And as the 2014 season begins, you will see many more recruits visiting UTSA during home games at the Alamodome. Simply stated, recruiting will increase exponentially in 2014 in preparation for the 2015 class.


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