UTSA collected 29 turnovers last season, and Herd offensive coordinator Bill Legg knows his team's ball security will be very important Saturday. UTSA's bounces can't all go bad.
"They've played some really, really good opponents offensively, and those guys have done a great job with their decision making," Legg said. "And they've had some luck, too. They had a tipped pass that the defensive kid got his hands on and wasn't able to catch and then it bounces to the offensive kid and he runs in for a touchdown. There's been some balls on the ground the offense ended up getting back.
"Those are things you have to keep working at as a defense to create them," he added, "and keep working as an offense to make sure you're creating them."
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WHEN ROADRUNNERS Coach Larry Coker was head coach at Miami, it was at a time when the Hurricanes consistently reeled in top-10 recruiting classes, which were teeming with prospects from Miami's backyard, Dade and Broward counties.
Holliday has done pretty well for himself in those areas, too. Sixteen on his current roster come from those two counties, and it's not as easy to sell recruits to make the hike to Huntington as it is to convince them to come to Coral Gables.
But it's not surprise to Coker, who has watched Holliday succeed in South Florida at every stop the Herd coach has made.
"He's done a great job recruiting South Florida and I think that's continued at Marshall,"
Coker said. "Is it tough to do? Sure, it's tough to do, but there are a lot of good players there and a lot of talent there, and you just have to evaluate well. Doc has done a great job of that."
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