My MVP votes
Can we just give everyone an MVP plaque? Seriously, what these kids pulled off is just short of miraculous and I’m going to have to leave off so many great performances this season. Finishing a good 50 spots above your preseason ranking is doing work. Anyways, we’ll start with the simple stuff.
Most Valuable Player: Eric Soza
The junior quarterback silenced a lot of critics with his stellar play this year. Eric threw just three interceptions this year in contrast to 20 touchdowns. I don’t want to spend my night sleuthing down numbers, but that’s got to be one of the best ratios in football. In retrospect, there’s no telling how the season would have ended up had Soza been active for the SJSU and USU games. The Runners might have had a chance against the Spartans and could have kept it competitive against the WAC champions. Additionally, Soza rushed for six touchdowns and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Eric’s offensive line was great in protection, but the former Bobcat did an even better job of eluding the pressure that was thrown at him, taking only a handful of sacks throughout the season. With Soza around for one last hurrah in Conference USA, the future looks bright for the young Roadrunners.
Runner Up: Evans Okotcha
Okotcha’s 450 rushing yards fell short of Glasco’s 537, but Okotcha proved himself to be more than just a rushing back with a team-leading 349 receiving yards. Yup, second-string running back led the team in receiving. Evans found the endzone 11 times this season, eight times on the ground. Okotcha was extremely deadly on screens and check down routes, where he and Soza developed a good repoire.
Honorable Mention: David Glasco
Newcomer of the Year: Tie; Brian Vaughn & Kenny Bias
Most Valuable Player: Erik Brown
Can you imagine how awful UTSA’s coverage would have been without Erik Brown? I can. Brown was out for a couple series against Louisiana Tech causing Colby Cameron to laugh his way to three and four pass touchdown drives. Brown was really the only sturdy thread in the quilt that was the 2012 UTSA pass defense, totaling four interceptions, 16 passes defended, and a staggering 12 pass break ups. These three stats culminated and averaged would put him in a tie for the 11th best pass defender in the nation. These numbers would certainly be even more impressive if Starling and Adams weren’t being targeted relentlessly on the other side of the field. Brown was also outstanding on the ground game. Erik was the team’s sixth leading tackler as a cornerback (23/14 solo to assist) and whiffed on very few attempts.
Runner Up: Triston Wade
Man it’s really tough to just give Wade a runner up award. In the end, I felt it was evident that the UTSA defense was leagues worse when Brown was off the field as opposed to when Wade was off the field (and part of that credit goes to backup FS Brian King who performed admirably in his first live football action in three years. Wade was a dynamic player for UTSA this season, causing eight turnovers (4 INT, 4 FF) and recovering two fumbles. Wade was also solid in coverage, breaking up seven attempts and defending 11 despite letting up a few big plays here and there. Triston’s toughness is impressive, as he played his last two games in a hand cast. Wade finished as the team’s second leading tackler with 45 solo and 29 assisted take downs.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Reeves
Newcomer of the Year: Brian King
Most Valuable Player: Kenny Harrison
Harrison was the first Roadrunner to ever return a punt for a touchdown and finished the season with 17.33 yards per return, good for first in the nation. Harrison also went for 84 yards against Georgia State on a kickoff, just nearly missing a touchdown.
Runner Up: Charles Wort
The true freshman balled with the big dogs this year. He blocked a punt, returned kickoffs, and had good coverage on kicks. Long live the Quen.
Newcomer of the Year: Aaron Grubb
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A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter