SAN ANTONIO — Freshman wide receiver Earon Holmes caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 26-yarder for a touchdown from redshirt freshman quarterback Eric Soza to pace the offense, while junior defensive back Dominick Maddox racked up nine tackles, including three for loss and a half sack, to lead the way defensively in UTSA’s first-ever scrimmage on Wednesday evening at Dub Farris Stadium.
"We liked what we saw," head coach Larry Coker said. "Obviously, there's going to be some mistakes, but the kids had fun, they flew around and made some plays offensively. The thing that I liked the most was that we threw the ball around a little bit and had good pass protection. Defensively, we came up and made some big plays to force a few turnovers. Overall, it was a good first scrimmage for us."
Soza led the offense down the field for a 70-yard scoring drive to open the scrimmage. The Texas State transfer was 3-for-3 for 46 yards on the drive that was capped by a 26-yard touchdown toss to Holmes on a corner route to the right side.
Soza later capped the Roadrunners' only other scoring march of the night with a three-yard keeper. The drive was highlighted by a diving catch from Holmes, who reeled in a 34-yard pass that was initially tipped by freshman defensive back Darrien Starling.
"Everyone here is a Division I athlete, so it was a good experience to get out and better ourselves for next year," Holmes said. "It was exciting to get back out on the field. We're still focused on practice, but with this scrimmage, we were able to get used to some game situations, which will definitely help us get better."
Soza finished the scrimmage 6-for-9 for 100 yards and a touchdown passing and he also ran for seven yards and a score on four carries with a long of 13. Freshman running back David Glasco II led the ground attack with 36 yards on nine totes.
Freshman defensive back David Farris tallied eight stops and an interception, while junior defensive back Mark Waters posted six tackles and the other pick of the scrimmage.
"It was really fun today," said freshman defensive lineman Dominique Henderson, who recorded one tackle for loss and blocked an extra-point attempt. "We usually don't get a chance to come out here and play against the offense because we're usually with our position coaches, but we got to get out and go today. We've got some good players on offense, but we were able to shut them down later on.”