3 problematic Roadrunners players for Texas football in Week 3

Frank Harris, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
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Frank Harris, QB

The clear-cut star for the Roadrunners coming into this game is the star senior dual-threat quarterback Frank Harris. Texas is about to face one of the smartest, most capable, and most experienced quarterbacks on the regular season schedule for 2022.

Harris does a little bit of everything for this UTSA offense. In fact, Harris has ranked in the top three in C-USA in each of the last three seasons in terms of total touchdowns responsible for. Out of the gates this season, he’s already responsible for seven touchdowns for this UTSA offense.

Moreover, something we must talk about for Texas in preparing for Harris this weekend is how smart he is with the decisions he makes in the passing game. Harris just doesn’t throw many interceptions.

In each of the last three seasons, Harris ranked in the top 10 in the FBS among starting quarterbacks in passing touchdowns per completion. Harris tosses about one pick every other game and about one for every five passing touchdowns.

It’s worth noting that the one area where Harris does struggle in terms of managing turnovers is fumbling. Harris has fumbled the ball 14 times in the last two seasons, which is exactly twice the number of interceptions he had in that same timeframe.

Harris is a smart quarterback that is going to take care of the football, possibly outside of fumbling the ball. That really comes to the forefront when talking about Harris’ decision-making ability while coming under pressure. Harris is tied for the lead with UNC QB Drake Maye in terms of passing touchdowns under pressure this season, with four. He also ranks fourth in the FBS in offensive grade on dropbacks where he’s put under pressure.

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Led by Harris, this UTSA offense isn’t going to make it easy for the Longhorns this weekend. Texas is facing one of the most well-rounded and proven quarterbacks in the FBS this season in Harris. This defense will need to show up as they did in the last two weeks against Alabama and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks to hold Harris and the UTSA offense at bay.