UH DVR Review

Reviewed the game through the use of my parents’ DVR– here are my slightly edited and unabridged notes as I watched. Enjoy.

  • UTSA is still using a lot of starters on kickoff. Spotted Jeters, Johnston, Wade out there.
  • Starling actually started at CB over Adams. He had a great, unnoticed game. I always try to point it out to fans when he plays well because we gave him so much shit in 2012.
  • Punt return team: spotted Aron Taylor and Nate Gaines on there.
  • Safeties crept up closer and closer to the line throughout the game. Carter is going to have to connect on mid-to-long distance passes to keep defenses honest.
  • Pocket collapses so fast on O’Korn. Pressure was unrelenting and FAST. UH offensive line was on roller skates all night.
  • Punt return team does awful job of picking up blocks on play where UH recovers Harrison’s muffed punt. None of the guys even turned around and looked.
  • Carter not very aware of the defense/blocking scheme early. Gets lit up when an unblocked LB runs right to him on a designed roll out.
  • UTSA goes with three down linemen on third and nine. Singletary gets behind O’Korn, safeties come down and stop him after five yards.
  • UTSA looks comfortable against five-wide offenses for the first time ever. Lots of different bodies and looks but everyone is on the same page. The secondary is finally cohesive. Wes and I hit on this on the podcast.
  • Glasco is such a strong runner. Took a really hard hit to the thigh that would bring down most runners but El Magnifico powers right through it for a touchdown. Wrap up, kids.
  • Houston wasn’t really phased by all of UTSA’s shifting. Might be one of the few areas where having so many former Roadrunners on staff actually helped. I think UTSA would have been better off without all of the motion and shifting because it directly or indirectly led to at least three penalties.
  • Leonard struggled in the first quarter. Failed to seal off second level, got beat with swim moves from nose tackle. He would go on to make up for it later in the game but certainly not his finest performance.
  • Carter’s dependency on throwing to his first option is evident when three Cougar defenders swarm to a receiver in the flats with the higher receiver streaking. Couldn’t see it in the shot but that guy had to be open. Even if he’s one on one with a safety, throw the ball up and take the shot.
  • On the first play I noticed a UTSA blitz on, O’Korn immediately chucked the ball away for a pick. I think his mind set was “If my guys are getting beat five on four we don’t have a chance five on five”
  • On one sack Gray shuttled way too far away from the rest of the line. Gave his defender an easy path to the QB once he was able to get disengaged. On the next play Gray failed to pull in time to pick up a player in the secondary. Had he made that block Jarveon would have had a wide open lane for an easy 16 yard first down or more, as UH sent the house on the blitz. Good play call, bad execution.
  • Jason Neill hitting a rip move around the edge for a sack in Houston looks a whole lot like JJ Watt
  • Pretty damn loud “Block that kick” chant coming through my TV set as the Coogs punt.
  • Five wide, Kam in slot. Motion him to RB. Speed option to wide field. First down. I like.
  • Gray struggling again. Lets DE jump up high, nearly batting down a pass. Glasco and Carter are on different pages here, not sure who had the wrong route.
  • I think Aaron Grubb runs faster sideways than straight ahead. His brother also catches better when the ball is behind his back.
  • Nate Shaw successfully blocked two guys on UTSA’s second score. Inskeep helped push them back into the endzone.
  • I think UTSA made a conscious decision to go conservative at halftime, up 14-0. Thomas didn’t play until third quarter. Think they put him in for his blocking ability.
  • Executed the third touchdown run so beautifully. Houston bit on Shaw heading to lead block for no one to the right, Houston backside end blitzed up field for an easy block out. Inskeep hammered his guy. Leonard cut down on the back side while Harris sealed middle linebacker. All that was left was for Gray to get in front of the Will backer and Jarveon was heading to hit the Shmoney dance in the end zone and break Cougar hearts. Just a perfectly executed old school counter play ran to perfection.
  • I’ve always felt Brown wasn’t very good on special teams. Whiffed on what would have been a very short kickoff return. Whoops.
  • By the third quarter UTSA has started sending minimal bodies to pass rush because they’re getting so much push. They sit back in a cushy zone with three linemen blitzing and Wade nearly comes down with a pick after playing centerfield like I mentioned in the podcast.
  • As a fan, nothing makes me feel better about my team than seeing the opposition completely and utterly abandon the run. I know my guys are going to win every time that happens.
  • UTSA offensive line humiliates Houston’s front seven on the march to the first Ianno FG. Cavanaugh and Gray blocked a handful of guys for about ten yards down the field on one rush. UTSA would have scored on this drive had they attempted a pass or two. Houston totally sold out to the run in the red zone.
  • Thomas was wide open for a good twenty yard gain early in the fourth but Carter short arms a throw after receiving a low snap. Kid’s going to be good. Same thing happens again on next play and Thomas nearly made an incredible diving catch. These are throws that will make UTSA unstoppable if Carter can get them in the right place.
  • I’m watching an abridged version of the game and they cut out two UTSA interception. I guess that’s what happens when you create six turnovers though.
  • UTSA ran a draw/screen package play. Carter handed the ball off for no gain but the screen pass was wide open. Easy play that will result in extra yardage once Carter gets in the flow of the offense.
  • Four minutes left and second/third string is in. Dye has a hard time getting off a block and gives up extra yardage before making tackle. Needs to get bigger/stronger and he will.
  • Running back is able to bounce it outside way too easily in garbage time. Davenport gets pushed around, Chavez is slow to come downhill, Curry gets sucked inside and loses vision causing him to take a poor angle to the tackle.
  • A little wrinkle when UH was in the red zone: Singletary drops back into a skinny zone coverage. Looks so fluid as a former linebacker. He is going to be a big asset when Neathery wants to stunt linebackers or defensive backs.
  • On long running play before Houston’s TD Strong rushed upfield and got pancaked, two pulling blockers made Curry back off. Easy gain for Houston.
  • N’Keal Bailey is going to be a very, very good cornerback. Him vs Fred Blow will be a fun battle to watch this spring.
  • Houston TD opens up because Rogers doesn’t protect himself from cut block. Terry got ate up inside. Gaines does a great job of coming down field to close the gap and meet the ball carrier but he has neither the leverage not the strength to prevent the score.
  • Why does Houston play a police siren whenever they score? It’s going to be a lot of dudes flushing toilets and running wild through the ward when they hear that. And with that, I’m out.

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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