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2014-07-24

NCAA Champion Coach Coker loves his Bulldogs

By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor

Photo by Sandy Jennings
UTSA Roadrunner's Head Football Coach Larry Coker has fun with Bulldogs Corey Jennings, Landon Ventura and Averie Mansfield, as they hold up the official Roadrunner sign.


Three years ago, two-time NCAA National Coach of the Year Larry Coker led the UTSA Roadrunner Football team in their inaugural appearance into the Alamodome with a record-breaking 56,743 screaming fans welcoming him to San Antonio. Standing beside him in that unforgettable moment was former Bulldog and 2010 Bandera graduate Cole Hubble.
"I'll never forget, my very first recruit when I arrived at UTSA it was Cole Hubble," Coker said. "He is a hard-working young man. We love Bandera boys!"
Senior TE Cole Hubble, son of Rocky and Linda Hubble of Bandera, will finish off his collegiate football career this fall, playing tight end for the Roadrunners. Hubble, who was redshirted as a freshman, celebrates a team-leading four receiving touchdowns in a season and an overall winning record of 19-15 through the first three seasons of play under the guidance of Coach Coker.
Hubble was joined in 2011-2012 by former Bulldog teammate and 2009 Bandera graduate Cole Hicks. Hicks, son of Greg and Nancy Hicks of Bandera, appeared in all twelve games in 2012 and caught 14 passes for 169 yards.
Three current Bulldogs hope to add another name to Coker's future roster as they attended the UTSA football senior prospect camp this past week.
"Prospect camps and combines give us a chance to showcase our skills in front of college level coaches, in hopes that they'll notice us," senior Bulldog RB Landon Ventura said. "Besides UTSA, I went to the Nike Sparq combine in Houston, as well as the Blue-Grey Super Combine in Arlington."
Besides introducing high school players to collegiate coaches, camps and combines can help qualify athletes for bowl games.
"The Blue-Grey Super Combine meant the most to me because I have a chance of being selected for an All-American bowl game that will be held in the new Dallas Cowboys' stadium," Ventura said.
Ventura was joined at the UTSA prospect camp by fellow teammates, seniors Averie Mansfield (LB/FB) and Corey Jennings (DL/TE). Coach Coker visited with the boys following the workout and told them how he loves the work ethic found in a Bandera Bulldog and wished them good luck in their upcoming season.
Bulldog fans can watch Hubble in his senior year as a Roadrunner, in person at the Alamodome or on television, since all but one of UTSA's games are now scheduled for television broadcast through the American Sports Network (ASN).