UTSA's Wade named all-conference


Triston Wade
UTSA's Triston Wade (14), a John Tyler graduate, earned first-team honors as a free safety on the All-Western Athletic Conference team.

UT San Antonio’s Triston Wade, a Tyler native, earned All-Western Athletic Conference first-team football honors, the school announced.

The John Tyler High School graduate was the Roadrunners’ lone first-teamer. Wade was the first-team free safety.

Wade once again showed a knack for finding the football this past season. He tied for the squad lead with four interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his 12 starts.

The 6-foot, 170-pounder also ranked second with 74 tackles (45 solos) and 11 pass breakups. Wade forced a fumble on a kickoff return and intercepted a pass in the end zone in addition to recording 11 tackles in the season-opening victory at South Alabama and earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week and honorable mention Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week honors following that performance.

He wreaked havoc once again with a 38-yard pick-six against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Wade forced another fumble to go along with four tackles and a pair of pass breakups at Georgia State and added a team-leading seven stops and a forced fumble against San Jose State. He posted a game-high 11 tackles and intercepted a pass against Utah State.

Wade recovered a fumble against McNeese State as well as the season finale with I-35 rival Texas State and picked off another pass at Idaho. He has had a hand in a total of 13 turnovers (seven fumbles/six interceptions) in the first 22 games of his career.

UT San Antonio finished its second season of play with an 8-4 overall record and 3-3 mark in its lone season in the WAC. The Roadrunners will play as a member of Conference USA next season.