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UTSA debaters win seven of eight rounds at Idaho State national tournament

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Freshmen Mid-America Novice Champions from UTSA: Caleb Coggeshall (left) and Brandon Daniels

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(April 22, 2013) – The UTSA debaters finished the season on a high note. Jordan Nerison and partner Michael Stroud competed among 166 other teams in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship Tournament hosted by Idaho State University in Pocatello.

Nerison and Stroud won seven of eight of their preliminary rounds. They defeated Kansas State, Oklahoma University (the defending champions), Missouri State and Harvard, four of the top teams in the country. UTSA lost the eighth round to another Harvard team, falling short of a perfect record and a tournament top seed. After two more elimination rounds, Nerison and Stroud lost to the University of Kansas in the octafinal round, finishing fifth in the tournament.

UTSA also collected several individual honors at the CEDA tournament. Jordan Nerison was named to the Academic All American Debate Team and Michael Stroud was named to the All-American Competitive Team. Chris Crowe, one of UTSA's assistant coaches, was chosen as the CEDA South Central Critic of the Year, and he served on the CEDA Final Round judging panel.

Over the 2012-2013 season, several other UTSA debaters achieved high honors. The junior varsity team, Darius Rosebrough and Alexis Morales, won a tournament and advanced to numerous elimination brackets in both the junior varsity and open Championship divisions. Rosebrough scored well in individual speaker points, often finishing in the top 15 debaters. Brandon Daniels and Caleb Coggeshall, UTSA's novice-level debaters, won several tournaments and became the Mid-America Novice Champions. Daniels won the top speaker award in the MAC tournament, followed closely by partner Coggeshall in second place.

Nationally, UTSA finished the season in the top 30 programs (final rankings have not yet been released) and they are looking forward to a fresh, rebuilding start next season. Several new debaters have indicated UTSA as their top choices, and four current team members will be returning.

 

 

 

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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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