Hernandez started in all 49 games with the Miners and is the only offensive lineman in school history to garner first-team All-Conference recognition in consecutive years.
Senior Will Hernandez was named to the All-Conference USA first team, the league announced on Tuesday.
Hernandez is the first Miner to receive consecutive all-conference first team honors since Quintin Demps (2006 & 2007). The Las Vegas, Nevada, native is also the first UTEP offensive lineman to receive back-to-back first team recognition.
The All-American started in all 49 games played during his career at the left guard position. Hernandez was named to the 2017 AP Midseason All-America team and 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List. He also earned an invitation to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl. The captain was appointed UTEP Offensive Player of the Year voted by the team.
Under his guidance the Miners allowed zero sacks against WKU and UTSA and only allowed one sack at no. 7 Oklahoma and at C-USA West Division Champions North Texas.
Julian Jackson, Alvin Jones, Kalon Beverly, Devin Cockrell, Nik Needham, Alan Luna and Jake Sammut received All-C-USA honorable mentions.