UTSA begins Traylor Era
Roadrunners will be led by former Texas High School Football stars
A new era of Roadrunner football begins on Saturday as Jeff Traylor makes his collegiate head coaching debut as UTSA visits Texas State.
UTSA is coming offa a 4-8 season that included a 3-5 mark in Conference USA play and dropped three straight contests to end the 2019 season. The Roadrunners have a big non-conference test on Sept. 25 when they host Memphis and have late CUSA contests at Rice on Nov. 7 an against North Texas on Not. 28 to close the season.
Traylor comes to San Antonio after serving as an assistant with Texas, SMU and Arkansas, but before that had a legendary Texas High School head coaching career at Gilmer where he won three state titles and made a total of five state championship game appearances. Traylor’s Gilmer teams had outstanding talent and here are five former Texas High School Football stars that look to help UTSA this season.
Spencer Burford, junior offensive lineman, San Antonio Wagner
Burford will likely be the starter at left guard in 2020 and was a CUSA honorable mention in 2019.
He played in all 12 games last year, started in 11 and helped UTSA post 4,139 yards and helped running back Sincere McCormick earn Football Writers Association of America All-America honors.
At Wagner, Burford earned Blue-Gray All-American honors after posting 88 knockdowns and 28 pancake blocks as a senior and went down as the first four-star signee in program history.
Kevin Davis, redshirt junior offensive lineman, Angleton
Davis’ season was cut short due to an injury, but he still started in 10 games for UTSA.
He was a part of an offensive line that helped pave the way for McCormick to set a new school single-season all-purpose yardage record with 1,177 yards.
Davis played right tackle in high school and was a District 27-5A first-team selection as a senior as he helped Angleton win nine games.
Jaylon Haynes, senior defensive lineman, Wharton
Haynes was a CUSA Honorable Mention last fall after playing in all 12 games and making 11 starts.
He led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss to go with 40 total tackles, including 25 solo stops, six quarterback hurries and a pair of sacks.
Haynes was an all-state selection for Wharton as a junior and also garnered Defensive Player of the Year honors in Districts 12-4A, Division II and 15-4A, Division II.
Sincere McCormick, sophomore running back, Converse Judson
McCormick had an outstanding debut season last season making the FWAA Freshman All-America Team as well as earning a CUSA Freshman of the Year honor.
He set the school’s single-season all-purpose yardage record and had 177 carries for 983 yards and eight touchdowns.
McCormick was a star at nearby Judson where he had more than 3,400 yards and 43 touchdowns and was an all-state first-team selection as a junior.
Rashad Wisdom, sophomore safety, Converse Judson
Wisdom made an immediate impact on the Roadrunner defense last fall and earned a spot on the CUSA All-Freshman Team.
His first collegiate interception came against Rice and was returned 34 yards for a touchdown. He posted 44 tackles, including 31 solo tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 12 starts.
Wisdom was a two-time all-state honorable mention at Judson where he finished with seven interceptions, 14 pass deflections and four fumble recoveries in three varsity seasons.