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|Head coach Larry Coker talks to the defensive line during Wednesday's first-ever practice.
It was a historic night at Dub Farris Stadium, as the UTSA football team went through its first-ever practice, a spirited two-hour workout, on Wednesday.
Seventy players — 28 scholarship and 42 walk-ons — dressed in shells participated in the 22-period practice that was capped by an intense 11-on-11 drill under the lights.
“It's exciting for me and I know it's exciting for these players,” head coach Larry Coker said after the workout. “The coaches are coaching hard and the players are listening and trying to get better. It's really kind of surreal and hard to put into words because it's just a special time for the University, city and our program. We just want to be a product that San Antonio can be proud of.”
“This not only was a great practice, but it was a great first day of UTSA Football," freshman offensive lineman Robert Chapman said. “It was a day of firsts for me and my teammates. We are about to learn a lot of things and I'm looking forward to the journey.”
“It was a really good day,” redshirt freshman quarterback Eric Soza said. “We did have some mistakes, but that's going to happen when you go against the defense for the first time. I feel like the guys are gelling and we're going to get better each and every day.”
“Every time we come out to practice we're expecting to get tired, but today we were just excited,” freshman linebacker Cody Rogers said. “We all knew that today would be the first day to get full contact and that’s something that always gets us pumped up.”
The first practice originally was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, but Tropical Storm Hermine forced the postponement until Wednesday evening.
The Roadrunners will go through a light, 30-minute walk-through at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Farris Stadium.
All workouts are open to the public. Parking is open at the north end of the facility and fans can enter through the northeast gate. Spectators are asked to sit on the east (non-press box) side and you must remain in the stands at all times when watching practice. The west side of the stadium is for UTSA Football use only and is closed to the public. There are no concessions available.