UTSA's defensive line depth took a shot yesterday with the news that sophomore defensive end Solomon Wise is out for the 2017 season with a knee injury. “He jumped and just hyper-extended his knee,” Head Coach Frank Wilson said following Tuesday’s practice at the school. “He will be out for the season.”
Wise, out of Coppell, was projected to start at defensive end this season.
In his place the Runners will turn to a combination of Jerrod Carter-McLin, Frank Uesi, and Eric Banks. Carter-McLin, a sophomore from small school BEAST Texas power Carthage, has yet to see game action. Uesi has served as a backup, appearing in thirteen games after coming to UTSA from Diablo Valley JC. Banks, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee played in thirteen games last year.
A couple of younger players may be forced into early action as well. Freshman Morris Joseph Jr. from West Orange Stark was a very productive high school player for the Mustangs. Redshirt Freshman DeQuarius Henry from Sharpstown in Houston has size that closely mirrors Wise's. Jaylon Haynes, a true freshman from Wharton, gives the Roadrunners a bigger option at 290 pounds. He may have a brighter future inside at tackle. Haynes chose UTSA over Power 5's like Baylor, TCU, Georgia Tech, and Pitt.