Pictured: WR Jacob and DE Praise Amaewhule Cowing | Photos by Tom Morris
UTEP has produced a pair of second team members on Conference USA’s 2020 All-Conference football team, while the Miners also had two student-athletes earn All-Freshman Team honors, it was announced by the league office on Monday.
UTEP wide receiver Jacob Cowing and defensive end Praise Amaewhule were named Second Team All-Conference USA, while running back Deion Hankins and offensive lineman Jeremiah Byers earned spots on the league’s All-Freshman Team.
Additionally, UTEP had eight players named All-Conference USA Honorable Mention, including Hankins, OL Bobby DeHaro, OL Andrew Meyer, WR/PR Justin Garrett, DT Keenan Stewart, LB Stephen Forester, DB Justin Prince and KR Duron Lowe.
Cowing, a sophomore for the Miners, led the team in receiving in 2020 with 41 receptions for 691 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 16.8 yards per reception and 86.4 receiving yards per game in eight games started this season. Cowing finished the season ranked in the top 50 nationally in receiving yards (2nd in C-USA), receiving yards per game (2nd in C-USA) and yards per reception (3rd in C-USA). He also ranked fourth in C-USA with 5.1 receptions per game.
Defensively, Amaewhule earned second team accolades after ranking second in the league in sacks (7) and sacks per game (0.88). The sophomore defensive end tied for seventh in the country in total sacks, while he ranked 13th nationally in sacks per game. He ended the campaign with 19 total tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss (50 yards), 7.0 sacks (48 yards), a team-high nine pass breakups, four QB hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Hankins represented the Miners on the league’s All-Freshman Team after leading Conference USA and ranking second nationally in rushing touchdowns by a freshman. Hankins ended his redshirt freshman campaign with a team-high 121 carries for 592 yards and nine rushing touchdowns in seven games played. The El Paso native ranked third in C-USA and 22nd in the country in rushing touchdowns, while he also ranked third in the league in scoring (7.7 per game). He also ranked top five in C-USA in rushing yards per game (84.6) and yards per carry (4.89).
Byers also made this year’s All-Freshman squad after seeing significant action in six games for the Miners this season at right tackle, while the redshirt freshman also made two starts on the year. Byers was an integral part of an offensive line that ranked third in C-USA and top 30 nationally in sacks allowed and tackles for loss allowed. He helped pave the way for a rushing offense averaging 138.9 yards per game, while he also helped lead an offensive line that paved the way for a total of 16 rushing touchdowns this season.
For the third year in a row, DeHaro earned All-Conference USA honorable mention accolades after starting every game for the Miners this season at left guard. DeHaro was joined by UTEP center Andrew Meyer on the Honorable Mention list, while Hankins also earned All-Conference Honorable Mention in addition to making the league’s All-Freshman Team.
Senior Justin Garrett also made Honorable Mention as both a receiver and punt returner for the Miners. Garrett ranked second on the team with 38 receptions for 510 yards and three touchdowns, while he also had seven punt returns with an average of 3.3 yards per return in 2020.
Linebacker Stephen Forester earned Honorable Mention accolades after leading the team in tackles as a senior with 62 total stops (29 solo) to go along with 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, a QB hurry and one fumble recovery. In his first season as a Miner, defensive tackle Keenan Stewart also made Honorable Mention after recording 34 total tackles (20 solo), 7.0 tackles for loss and five QB hurries. Justin Prince rounded out the Miner defense on the Honorable Mention list after ranking third on the team with 37 tackles (19 solo), 3.0 TFL, 1.0 sack and a fumble recovery.
On special teams, Duron Lowe earned Honorable Mention after returning nine kickoffs for 292 yards with an average of 32.4 yards per return and a 100-yard return for a touchdown. Lowe ranked fifth in the country and tied for first in C-USA for kickoffs returned for a touchdown … Ranked fifth nationally and second in C-USA in kickoff return average (32.4). His kickoff returned 100 yards for a touchdown in UTEP’s game at LA Tech earned him C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He also had a season-high three kick returns for 159 yards and a touchdown against LA Tech.
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