UTSA Athletic Director Dr. Lisa Campos confirmed what most of us assumed, that Frank Wilson will return to coach the Roadrunners in 2019. Wilson’s UTSA teams qualified for a bowl in 2016 and 2017, making a trip to the New Mexico Bowl in 2016. This season the Roadrunners fell apart offensively, limping to a 3-9 record.
2018 was going to be a rebuilding season. UTSA lost six offensive line contributors from 2017 and replaced multi-year starter Dalton Sturm. The Roadrunner skill talent, though talented, was young and the defense replaced a first round pick in Marcus Davenport, a glue inside backer in La’Kel Bass and both corners. 2018 is over now, young players were scorched in the fire, and UTSA paid their dues.
Monday the Roadrunners confirmed that Al Borges, the first year offensive coordinator, was a one and done. Borges replaced Frank Scelfo in the spring of 2018. New coordinator, another year of offensive struggles. Now Wilson is tasked with finding another offensive figurehead, whether from within the program or outside the facility. More importantly, Wilson might need to bend on his conservative mindset to find the best fit.
Oddly UTSA’s best offensive outing of the season came against North Texas on a night when receiver coach Jeff Kastl took over play calling from Borges.
Wilson’s issues finding a reliable offense mirror his old boss, Les Miles. Miles famously never delivered on promised offensive renovations in his last seasons at LSU. His teams were defense first, offense occasionally.
Is Wilson willing to move outside his offensive comfort zone to someone who’ll run a bit more tempo aggressive and pass friendly? Will he find a coordinator who runs more quarterback-friendly offense?
The Roadrunners ran a pedestrian 63 plays a game, less than a play more than 1-11 UTEP and the second-fewest in CUSA. That’s not to say the Roadrunners can’t be physical; they’ll need to be. This season the ‘Runners were dead last in CUSA in yards per rush at 2.94. They averaged less than 88 yards per game rushing the ball, forty yards less than any other conference opponent.
UTSA’s offense needs a jump start and the right guy to rebuild the engine. That hire will be the key to whether Wilson coaches this team in 2020.