ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Sophomore FS Triston Wade led a group of five UTSA players that earned All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors on Monday.
Wade was the Roadrunners' lone first-teamer. The Tyler native once again showed a knack for finding the football this past season. He tied for the squad lead with four interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his 12 starts. The 6-foot, 170-pounder also ranked second with 74 tackles (45 solos) and 11 pass breakups. Wade forced a fumble on a kickoff return and intercepted a pass in the end zone in addition to recording 11 tackles in the season-opening victory at South Alabama and earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week and honorable mention Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week honors following that performance. He wreaked havoc once again with a 38-yard pick-six against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Wade forced another fumble to go along with four tackles and a pair of pass breakups at Georgia State and added a team-leading seven stops and a forced fumble against San Jose State. He posted a game-high 11 tackles and intercepted a pass against Utah State. Wade recovered a fumble against McNeese State as well as the season finale with I-35 rival Texas State and picked off another pass at Idaho. He has had a hand in a total of 13 turnovers (seven fumbles/six INTs) in the first 22 games of his career.
Meanwhile, senior DT Franky Anaya, senior LB Brandon Reeves, junior LB/S Steven Kurfehs and sophomore OG Scott Inskeep all landed on the second team.
Anaya started all 12 games and led UTSA's defensive linemen with 34 tackles, including team-leading six for loss. One of just six seniors on the roster, he also had 2.5 sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery this fall. The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder registered a career-high seven stops against Northwestern Oklahoma State and added six more, two TFLs and a pick against Texas A&M-Commerce.
Reeves finished his final campaign as a Roadrunner with a squad-leading 95 tackles (five double-digit performances) to go along with three TFLs, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a pair of pass breakups in his 12 starting assignments. He recorded a career-best 13 tackles against McNeese State en route to leading the team in stops for the second consecutive season. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound middle linebacker also had a dozen tackles at South Alabama and he matched that at New Mexico State and Rice. The team captain also registered 11 stops in season finale against I-35 rival Texas State.
Kurfehs had 71 tackles (41 solos) and a team-leading 4.5 sacks in the season’s 12 contests. After starting the first four games of the season at safety (“dawg”), he moved back to linebacker in the WAC opener at New Mexico State and responded with seven stops and 1.5 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder added nine more tackles at Rice and four and a 50-yard fumble recovery for a score the following week against San Jose State. The team captain racked up seven stops, a half sack and two QB hurries against Utah State and finished the campaign with seven tackles and a sack against Texas State.
Inskeep played in all 12 games (11 starts) and graded out at 79 percent this fall in addition to recording 28 knockdown blocks, including a career-high 10 in the season finale against Texas State. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder was an integral part of an offensive line that surrendered just seven sacks in 368 pass attempts this past season (t-3rd FBS). In fact, the line did not allow a sack in the team’s first 152 passes of the season. The Roadrunners averaged 390.2 yards (159.2 rush/231.0 pass) and 31:45 of possession time per game.
UTSA finished its second season of play with an 8-4 overall record and 3-3 mark in its lone season in the WAC. The Roadrunners will play as a member of Conference USA next season.