(July 17, 2017) -- Four University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) football players have been honored before the season has even begun. Matt Bayliss, Marcus Davenport, Austin Pratt and Josiah Tauaefa all were named to the Preseason All-Conference USA Team, the league office announced today. The four honorees mark the highest number of players to be recognized prior to a season in program history.
Bayliss, who earned honorable mention all-conference accolades a year ago, handled every one of the team’s deep snaps in all 13 games as a junior. The Tulsa, Okla., native did not have one errant snap in 131 attempts (69 punts/45 PATs/17 FGs) and he also registered four special teams tackles and a fumble recovery during the 2016 campaign. UTSA's kickers connected on 43 PATs and 12 field goals, while punter Yannis Routsas averaged 42 yards per punt with 11 traveling at least 50 yards, 17 landing inside the 20-yard line and 22 resulting in fair catches. At 6-foot-7, Bayliss is the tallest deep snapper in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Meanwhile, Davenport, a second-team performer as a junior, played in all 13 games (12 starts) and led the Roadrunners' defensive linemen with 68 tackles (31 solos/37 assists), including 10 for loss, and he also had team-leading marks of 6.5 sacks and a program-record eight QB hurries. The San Antonio native finished the season strong by posting 38 stops, seven TFLs and 4.5 sacks in the final six outings. He was an honorable mention all-conference choice two years ago as a sophomore and he comes into his final season ranked second on the school's career tackles for loss and sacks charts (20.5/13.5) and third on the single-season lists (10.0/6.5 both in 2016)
Pratt started 12 games at both guard (7) and center (5) as a junior and blocked for an offense that averaged 29.2 points, 161.8 rushing yards and 213.6 passing yards per contest, as the team featured a pair of 800-yard rushers who combined to score 17 touchdowns.
Tauaefa had an outstanding debut season at linebacker that saw him earn Freshman All-America, Conference USA's Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference laurels. The Corinth native led the Roadrunners with a program single-season record 115 tackles last fall and he also racked up nine TFLs, six sacks, seven QB hurries and an interception. He also ranked second among Football Bowl Subdivision freshmen in tackles a year ago.
Led by second-year head coach Frank Wilson, UTSA is coming off last fall's six-win campaign that saw it play in the first bowl game in program history at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
The Roadrunners will open fall camp in two weeks and their season opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Alamodome against Houston.
This event showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business.H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.Sombrilla, Main Campus
The UTSA Center for the Inquiry of Transformative Literacies sponsors this free event that's open to the public.Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus
The UTSA Student Goverment Association Student Sustainability Committee will host a Sustainability Exhibit for students, faculty and staff to visit and learn more about green living.UTSA Central Plaza, Main Campus
Enjoy winter holidays from around the world plus performances, free food and lighting of the Paseo.University Center Paseo, Main Campus
After UTSA class rings spend the night in the Alamo, Roadrunners will receive their special keepsake with fellow Roadrunners during this one of a kind ceremony.H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The annual holiday concert series, Winterlude concludes with the concert featuring the bands. Ron Ellis and John Zarco direct the ensembles in secular and sacred holiday favorites.Arts Building Recital Hall (ART 2.03.02), Main Campus
This ceremony honors graduates from the College of Business, College of Engineering, the College of Public Policy and College of Sciences. U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro will deliver the keynote address.Alamodome. 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
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