The Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners open the 2016 season on Saturday, Sept. 3 when they host Alabama State. Despite the season opener just being days away, it doesn’t look like first-year head coach Frank Wilson is in a huge hurry to name a starting quarterback.
Right now, it is down to either Jared Johnson and Dalton Sturm and one of them will be taking the first-team snaps against the Hornets this weekend. However, Wilson says they will know who the starter when everyone else does: when they take the field Saturday.
“I think it will carry out all the way to kickoff or at least just before kickoff,” Wilson told the San Antonio Express-News. “Right now, both guys are doing things extremely well and continue to do the things we ask of them. There has been no clear separation.”
Sturm started the final seven games of the 2015 season and threw for 1,354 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 361 yards and a touchdown and throwing for a career high 252 yards against Old Dominion. However, Johnson transferred in from Sam Houston State after throwing for 5,532 yards, the second most in Bearkat history, 39 touchdowns while rushing for over 1,600 yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons.
“It’s done a lot,” Sturm said about the competition after Johnson arrived on campus. “Competition is what you live for if you are a true competitor. It’s been great for me. I’ve never had anybody come in and compete with you day after day. It’s been a great opportunity for both of us.”
It should be an interesting season for the Roadrunners and the season opener could tell a lot for their quarterback situation going into the future.