Interviews

A category which collects all of our NIL interviews with UTSA student-athletes.

A conversation with Kevorian Barnes of UTSA Football

By now every UTSA football fan knows the name Kevorian Barnes. Barnes had a breakout season for UTSA after starting the year as the fourth running back on the depth chart. Kevorian finished the season with 857 yards and six rushing touchdowns and was selected as this year’s Conference USA Freshman of the Year. The future looks bright for Barnes as he hopes to continue to improve as UTSA transitions to the AAC next season. Prior to UTSA, Barnes was a standout at San Augustine High School in East Texas. In his four years at the high school level, Kevorian …

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A Conversation with Frankie Martinez of UTSA football

Frankie Martinez really needs no introduction. The UTSA football walk-on turned starting left tackle for UTSA this year, Frankie has quickly become a fan favorite. His ‘next man up’ mentality has allowed him to step into the starting lineup when the team really needed him this year after several injuries on the offensive line. Coach Traylor couldn’t say enough about Frankie and the contributions he’s made to the team in 2022. He’s done this all the while going to school, paying out of pocket for it, and working odd jobs to get by. Is there anything Frankie can’t do?!? In …

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A conversation with Mekaila Aupiu of UTSA Volleyball

Mekaila Aupiu is sophomore setter on the UTSA women’s volleyball team. Prior to UTSA Mekaila played at Klein Collins High school in Houston. She was also a member of the Houston Skyline club team. Mekaila started all four years at Klein Collins and won several awards from the GHVCA as well as several all-academic honors. At the club volleyball level, Mekaila owns the all-time record for the Houston Skyline with over 3,000 assists. As a freshman at UTSA, she played in 40 of 87 sets, had the second highest assists (185), averaged 4.62 per set, had 59 digs (1.48 per …

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Q&A with Kyra White of UTSA Basketball

Kyra White is Junior transfer from USC on the women’s basketball team. She’s a San Antonio native and played her high school basketball at Converse Judson. In high school she was a three-time all-state honoree and helped Judson win the 2019 6A state championship. While at Southern California Kyra played in 77 games and started 22 times. She scored 138 points, posted 131 rebounds, 49 steals, 127 assists, and 25 blocks. Kyra took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for the Runners Rising Project. See the full Q&A below. If you enjoy this type of …

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A conversation with Kelsey Carpenter of UTSA Volleyball

Kelsey is a Junior, 6’2″ outside hitter on the UTSA volleyball team. She came to UTSA from Midlothian, Texas, where she attended Midlothian Heritage High School. Kelsey has seen action in both her freshman and sophomore years and looks to play a larger role this season. Last season Kelsey had 57 kills and 12 blocks in 45 or 87 sets. Kelsey also takes care of business off the court, being named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll the last two years. Be sure to check out Kelsey and the Volleyball team this season! Topics discussed: Tournament volleyball Getting to …

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A Conversation with Camryn Robillard of UTSA Softball

The Runners Rising Project recently interviewed Camryn Robillard. Camryn is a freshman infielder from Cedar Park, Texas where she attended Vista Ridge High School. She’s coming off a stellar year for UTSA softball earning a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman team. She batted .255 with 37 hits, 25 RBIs, 67 total bases, and 32 runs on 145 at bats. The sky is the limit for Camryn going into her sophomore year. UTSA fans should keep an eye on her the next few years at UTSA. Camryn sat down with the Runners Rising team to talk about her first year …

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Now Hiring! Will YOU be our next Director of Business and Community Outreach?

One of the key characteristics of The Runners Rising Project is the staff is 100% comprised of volunteers.  We do this to make sure that our monetary contributions go directly to supporting UTSA Student Athletes.  As we ourselves are donating our time to The Project, we have to weigh that with things that are going on in other aspects of our lives.  Today, we’ve reached one of those moments.  Caleb Hopkins, who is doing some phenomenal work in his day job, is stepping down as our Director of Operations for Business and Community Outreach.  He’s still involved with Runners Rising, …

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A Conversation with Zah Frazier of UTSA Football

Zah sat down to talk with Runners Rising executive director Eddie Benningfield. Zah came to UTSA this summer from Coffeyville Community College (Kansas). Zah was a JUCO All-American and first-team all-conference cornerback for head coach Jeff Leiker. He was rated a four star prospect and the nation’s No. 3 overall JUCO recruit by Rivals. He’s UTSA’s highest rated recruit ever. Zah ranked 10th in the NJCAA with 11 pass breakups and totaled 26 tackles, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 2021. Zah is originally from Cedartown Georgia. Topics discussed: Taco salads Georgia Growing up with 2 sisters Favorite …

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A Conversation with Hannah Holzmann of UTSA Golf

Hannah Holzmann joined the Runners Rising Project for a quick chat. Holzmann is a San Antonio native and a soon to be UTSA graduate. Hannah is majoring in Sociology but has some other plans after UTSA. You’ll have to check out the interview for exactly what that is. Hannah is finishing up her senior year and currently with the women’s golf team in Tennessee playing at the NCAA regional tourney. UTSA was runner up in the Conference USA championship tournament a few weeks ago, a tournament in which Hannah finished tied for 24th place. Hannah and Eddie talked about several …

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