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UTSA debate team is off to strong start with fourth-place national rank

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(Oct. 14, 2010)--After three tournaments in the first month of the fall semester, UTSA debaters are already ranked fourth in the nation. Chris Spurlock and his partner Scott Koslow won 10th and ninth speaker awards at Gonzaga University. A third UTSA debater, Andy Montee, won the sixth-place speaker award. Both teams advanced to elimination rounds and lost, placing them fifth in the tournament.

Spurlock, Koslow, Montee and Derek Liles had no rest before debating the next weekend at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Neither team advanced to elimination rounds, however, they garnered impressive wins against teams from Emory, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Michigan State.

A much larger crew of debaters, Tia Robertson, Michael Tahmoressi, Michael Ely, Michael Stroud, Tyler Colwell, Jordan Nerison, Emil Calhoun, Brianna Roberts, Matt Colmenero, Jessica Mendez and brothers Andy Montee and Austin Montee, debated at Wichita State University.

Ely, Stroud, the Montees, Colwell and his partner, freshman Jordan Nerison, in her first college tournament, advanced to elimination rounds. Montee and Montee made it to finals where they lost to a University of Oklahoma team, finishing in second place.

Thus far in the 2010-2011 season, UTSA debaters have defeated teams from Whitman College, Arizona State, Oregon, UT Austin, Wyoming, George Washington, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Georgia, Michigan State, Emory, North Texas, Missouri State, Wichita State, Kansas, Missouri - Kansas City, Emporia and Oklahoma.

Currently, UTSA leads a long and impressive list of more than 250 schools fielding debate teams: Harvard (17th), UT Austin (16th) and California - Berkeley (14th). The Roadrunners will debate next in a large nationally prominent field of competitors at Northwestern University.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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