Holmes leads strong offensive effort in second spring scrimmage

SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore receiver Earon Holmes caught five passes for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead a strong offensive effort in the second spring scrimmage for the UTSA football team on Saturday morning at Dub Farris Stadium.

The 6-foot-4 San Antonio Brackenridge High product led an air attack that tallied 373 yards and three scores. Meanwhile, junior running back Evans Okotcha hauled in a pair of passes for 51 yards, junior receiver Cole Hicks had two catches for 45 and sophomore receiver Marcellus Mack added three for 40 yards.

Junior college transfer Tucker Carter completed 9-of-16 passes for 152 yards and a score, redshirt freshman Ryan Polite was 7-for-14 for 142 yards and a touchdown, while returning junior starter Eric Soza accumulated 79 yards and a TD on 5-of-11 passing.

Sophomore linebackers Cody Rogers and Blake Terry led the defense effort with six tackles apiece, while junior linebacker Brandon Guerrero added three, two of which were sacks. The defense forced four turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions — and posted three sacks and five quarterback hurries.

"We were more efficient this week than we were last week and that showed in the production on both sides of the ball this morning," head coach Larry Coker said. "We still need to work on getting the plays in quicker and speeding up our offense, but overall, I thought we took positive steps forward."

Much like last Saturday’s affair, the defense set the tone early, as the first five drives ended in three punts and a pair of lost fumbles that were recovered by juniors Jarron Harris and William Ritter.

Holmes helped provide the spark that got the offense going on the sixth drive.

On the fifth play of the possession from his own 35-yard line, Polite found Holmes in single coverage down the right sideline for a 65-yard catch and run to paydirt.

The defense forced three-and-outs on the next two drives before sophomore running back David Glasco II broke free for a 75-yard touchdown jaunt through a huge opening created by sophomore offensive linemen Cody Harris and Scott Inskeep.

Polite led the offense on a 48-yard march that ended on an unsuccessful fourth-and-long attempt and the defense then came up with an interception by sophomore safety Triston Wade and another three-and-out.

Soza guided the Roadrunners on a nine-play, 75-yard scoring march on the following possession that was capped by a 25-yard pass to Holmes in the corner of the end zone.

Sophomore defensive end Jason Neill stopped the next drive by picking off a screen pass at the line of scrimmage and rumbling 30 yards before being tackled.

Carter then engineered a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive that culminated in a 16-yard scoring pass to sophomore receiver Kenny Harrison on a corner route in the back of the end zone.

Two possessions later, Carter led the offense down to the 18-yard line before senior defensive lineman Franky Anaya blocked a 35-yard field goal attempt by sophomore Kristian Stern.

The second annual UTSA Spring Football Fiesta presented by Health Texas is slated for 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at the Alamodome.

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Final Statistics
Passing (Comp-Att-Yds-Long-TD-Int-Long)
Tucker Carter (9-16-152-1-1-49); Ryan Polite (7-14-142-1-1-65t); Eric Soza (5-11-79-1-0-28); John Simmons (0-4-0-0-0-0); Cade Laufer (0-1-0-0-0-0); Travis Menn (0-1-0-0-0-0).

Rushing (Att-Yds-TD-Long)
David Glasco II (1-75-1-75t); Brandon Armstrong (7-25-0-8); Kenny Harrison (2-25-0-29); Eric Soza (4-15-0-10); Evans Okotcha (3-11-0-5); CheRod Simpson (6-4-0-3); Travis Menn (1-3-0-3); Tucker Carter (4-(-1)-0-3); Seth Grubb (1-(-2)-0-(-2)); Mike Wilburn (1-(-2)-0-(-2)); John Simmons (3-(-13)-0-1); Team (1-(-14)-0-(-2)).

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Long)
Earon Holmes (5-127-2-65t); Evans Okotcha (2-51-0-49); Cole Hicks (2-45-0-39); Marcellus Mack (3-40-0-19); David Glasco II (1-29-0-29); Kenny Harrison (2-25-1-13); Demetrius Baker (1-20-0-20); Jeremiah Moeller (2-16-0-11); Brandon Armstrong (1-11-0-11); Mike Wilburn (1-5-0-5); Josiah Monroe (1-4-0-4).

Tackles (Total-TFL)
Cody Rogers (6-0); Blake Terry (6-0); Steven Kurfehs (4-0); Miguellino Byrd (3-0); Brandon Guerrero (3-2); Brian King (3-1); Ashaad Mabry (3-1); Erik Brown (2-1); Drew Douglas (2-0); Jeremy Hall (2-0); Ferrington Macon (2-1); Spencer Phillips (2-0); Brandon Reeves (2-0); William Ritter (2-1); Malcom Scott (2-0); Triston Wade (2-0); Corsby Adams (1-0); Adefemi Adekeye (1-0); Cody Berry (1-0); Richard Burge (1-0); Lekenwic Haynes (1-1); Dominique Henderson (1-0); De’Metrius Jacobs (1-0); Sean Luchnick (1-0); Jason Neill (1-0); Marlon Smith (1-0); Alondre Thorn (1-0); Godwin Wyche II (1-0).

Brandon Guerrero (2); Williams Ritter (1).

Quarterback hurries
William Ritter (2); Ashaad Mabry (1); Ferrington Macon (1); Jason Neill (1).

Fumble recoveries
Jauron Harris (1); William Ritter (1).

Jason Neill (1); Triston Wade (1).

Pass breakups
Franky Anaya (1); Lekenwic Haynes (1); Ferrington Macon (1); Jason Neill (1); Cody Rogers (1); Triston Wade (1).

Blocked Field Goals
Franky Anaya (1).

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