Entering a pivotal season, Frank Wilson made perhaps his most important hire, and he didn’t have to go far to find him. According to Bruce Feldman, the Roadrunners promoted receivers coach Jeff Kastl to offensive coordinator, replacing one-year blunder Al Borges.
Kastl called plays in the Roadrunner’s finale against North Texas. UTSA had its best offensive day of the year, amassing 400 yards of total offense and averaging 4.3 yards a carry. Borges came to UTSA from Auburn to replace current Southeastern Louisiana coach Frank Scelfo, who led the Roadrunners offense from Wilson’s first season in 2016. Borges road the undertow of mass graduation departures, including four offensive line starters, the three top pass catchers, and quarterback Dalton Sturm. Borges’ offense never found footing or a starting quarterback and limped through the season.
After a down 2018, Wilson needs to rebound in 2019. His squad returns its defensive core and most of its offensive pieces, but those pieces didn’t fit in 2018. We often talk about identity on this website as it relates to a team. UTSA hasn’t mounted an efficient offensive identity in two seasons. Wilson seems opposed to any offensive scheme that puts his defense in jeopardy, preferring a more conservative approach, we doubt Kastl brings about a dramatic change in a different direction.
Kastl’s first order of business is locating a quarterback, the most critical position in football. Last year UTSA used four, Cordale Grundy, D.J. Gillins, Jo Jo Weeks, and Bryce Rivers. Gillins graduated, and Rivers announced his intention to leave the program. UTSA gets Frank Harris back from injury, and they signed former four-star LSU quarterback Lowell Narcisse out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last week.
If none of those work out, Sean McVay could coach up the Roadrunner attack, and the offense won’t hit on a lot of cylinders.