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UTEP Football’s Luna Named as Ray Guy Candidate

AUGUSTA, Ga. – UTEP punter Alan Luna was announced as a 2016 Ray Guy Award nominee on Monday. The Ray Guy Award identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter. The list is made up of 66 finalists.

The junior is on the list for a second year in the row.

The El Paso native is ranked third in Conference USA and 30th nationally in punting average [43.3]. Luna punted four times for an average of 50.0 yards [200 yards] against Old Dominion on Oct. 29, including two inside the 20-yard line. Luna punted four times at LA Tech on Oct. 1. Of the four, three were kicked inside the 20-yard line, while two were inside the 10-yard line. The last time Luna kicked a trio of punts inside the 20 came against LA Tech in 2015.

On Sept. 24, Luna booted a career-long 69-yard punt against Southern Miss during the third quarter. Luna’s 69-yard punt is tied for 16th-longest in the nation this season. Luna kicked six punts for 306 yards for a career-best 51-yard average versus the Golden Eagles. Luna now has 4,833 career punting yards, and needs 120 to crack the program’s all-time list.

The list will be narrowed down to ten semifinalists to be announced on Friday, Nov. 11. Following the announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Sports Information Directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the three finalists who will be identified on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner. The 2016 Ray Guy Award winner will be announced live on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Luna is one of seven Conference USA punters to make the prestigious list. They include FIU’s Stone Wilson, Florida Atlantic’s Dalton Schomp, Middle Tennessee’s Matt Bonadies, Old Dominion’s Bailey Cate, Rice’s Jack Fox and WKU’s Jake Collins.

UTEP Football Adds Three; Luna Earns Full Scholarship

RUIDOSO, N.M. – As Camp Ruidoso wrapped up day one, head coach Sean Kugler announced the additions of three transfers – linebackers Makana Fraser and Dante Lovilotte, and tight end Kent Taylor on Thursday.

Kugler was also pleased to announce that junior starting punter Alan Luna has earned a full scholarship for his final two seasons.

Fraser played in seven contests as a sophomore at Phoenix College. He registered 30 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Lovilette played in 11 games as a sophomore at Kilgore College. He led the defense with 95 tackles (59 solo), while adding 4.0 sacks, three interceptions (one for a pick six), four breakups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Taylor played in 11 contests, starting one at Kansas in 2015. He was KU’s leading tight end with 15 receptions for 179 yards and a score.

Luna, who played all 12 games as the starting punter in 2015, earned a full scholarship for his final two seasons with the Miners. In his first season with the Orange and Blue, Luna averaged 44.4 yards per punt (2,885 yards) on 65 boots. The native of El Paso earned All-Conference USA honorable mention for his stellar sophomore campaign and was on the 2015 Ray Guy Watch List.

Luna was also announced to the 2016 Dave Campbell’s Preseason All-Texas first team and 2016 Athlon Sports Preseason All-C-USA second team.

Luna is a General Business major with a 3.18 GPA.

The Miners will tackle a seven-game home schedule that features non-conference matchups with NM State (Sept. 3) and Army (Sept. 17).

FULL BIOS

43     Makana Fraser                    LB        6-0          225      Keaau, HI (Phoenix College)

PRIOR TO UTEP: Played in seven games as a sophomore … registered 30 tackles, five tackle for loss and a forced fumble  … led team with 16 tackles (10s/6a), four tackles for loss and a sack versus New Mexico Institute  … saw action in seven games as a freshman … notched 19 tackles and one fumble recovery … posted a season-best of six tackles (five assisted) versus Eastern Arizona College.

80        Kent Taylor               TE       6-5       240      Tampa, Fla. (Kansas)

PRIOR TO UTEP: Played in 11 games, starting one at Kansas in 2015 … KU’s leading tight end, caught 15 passes for 179 yards and a score … hauled in a career-high three passes for 28 yards at Texas  … scored a touchdown on a 15-yard grab against South Dakota State  … sat out season in 2014 at Kansas … did not see game action at Florida in 2013 … played in six contests in first season at Florida in 2012 … made first catch at Vanderbilt … scored a touchdown against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl … a consensus four-star recruit … rated as the no. 1 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com … ranked the no. 10 player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com … named an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated… named first team all-conference during senior season after recording 30 catches for 480 yards with five touchdowns despite missing the first month of the season with a broken left hand.

PERSONAL: Son of Rob and Susan Taylor.

45     Dante Lovilette   LB    5-11     230      Port Arthur, Texas (Kilgore College)

PRIOR TO UTEP: Played in 11 games at Kilgore College in 2015 … led squad with 95 tackles (59 solo) … averaged 8.6 tackles per game … added 4.0 sacks (37 yards), three interceptions (one for a pick six), four breakups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries … tallied a season-high 16 stops (12 solo) against Tyler Junior College … returned an interception 50 yards for a score during a 24-21 win against Trinity Valley C.C. … amassed 15 tackles (nine solo) with a sack (16 yards) and an interception during a win at Navarro College … registered 10 tackles and 2.0 sacks during a victory at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College … tallied 23 tackles in 10 games during freshman season (2014) … named second team All-District 21-5A at the ILB position at Port Arthur Memorial during senior season (2013).

Miners Receive Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Recognition

Seven Miners were recognized in the Dave Campbell’s All-Texas College Team.

The All-Texas team acknowledges the best college players in the state of Texas. Leading the way on offense is senior Hayden Plinke, who garnered first team honors. The tight end was named to the John Mackey Award watch list yesterday and ranked second on the team in receptions (37) and receiving yards (405) in 2015.

Earning second team honors is running back Aaron Jones, lineman Will Hernandez and kicker Jay Mattox. Jones also was named No. 7 on the 50 Most Important College Players in Texas list. After missing most of last season the junior returns this campaign looking for redemption. Jones currently ranks eighth on the program’s all-time rushing list and has accounted for 20 touchdowns in 23 games.

Hernandez is a two-year starter for the Miners and embodies the tough and physical unit that head coach Sean Kugler looks for when recruiting lineman. The junior was part of the line that led Conference USA in sacks allowed (12) and ranked tied sixth nationally in sacks allowed per game (1.0).

Mattox led UTEP with 68 points last season and connected on 15-of-19 field goal attempts and was 23-of-24 on PATs. The veteran kicker was also 6-for-6 on field goals 20-29 yards.

On defense, Alan Luna was named the Best Special Teams Player and received first team honors. The junior averaged 44.4 yards per punt (2,885 yards) on 65 boots. He tallied 21 punts of 50-plus yards and 15 punts inside the 20-yard line. Luna ranked tied second in Conference USA and tied 16th nationally in punting average last season.

Juniors Alvin Jones and Devin Cockrell were named on the second team. Jones also was chosen No. 38 on the 50 Most Important College Players in Texas list. In 2015, the linebacker led the team with 93 tackles (48s/45a), 14.5 tackles for loss (59 yards), 6.5 sacks (41 yards) and two safeties, while adding four quarterback hurries.

Cockrell missed all of last season with a knee injury but had an explosive season in 2014. He started in all 13 games and ranked third on the defense with 52 tackles (37 solo), second in tackles for loss (7.0 — 30 yards) with an interception, two sacks, two pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. Cockrell also was recognized on the 50 Most Important College Players in Texas list at No. 43.

UTEP will open the season on Sept. 3 at home versus I-10 rival NM State. Season tickets are on sale now for the Miners’ seven-game home schedule, which features a matchup with Army on Sept. 17. The UTEP season ticket office phone number is (915) 747-6150.

UTEP Football’s Luna Named as Ray Guy Award Candidate

AUGUSTA, Ga.UTEP football punter Alan Luna was announced as a 2015 Ray Guy Award nominee on Friday. The Ray Guy Award identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter. The list is made up of 79 finalists.

The native of El Paso is currently ranked third in Conference USA in punting average (45.1). Luna has kicked 38 punts for 1,715 yards, including eight inside the 20-yard line and 15 punts of 50 or more yards. The sophomore recorded a season-high in punts (eight), yards (375) and average (46.9) at FIU on Oct. 10.

Luna’s season long is 60 yards, a feat he has achieved in three separate games (at Arkansas, at Texas Tech and against Incarnate Word).

Luna is one of eight C-USA punters on the nominee list. The seven other include Florida Atlantic’s Dalton Schomp (leads C-USA in punting), Tyler Williams (Marshall), Eric Keena (North Texas), Satchel Ziffer (Old Dominion), James Farrimond (Rice), Tyler Sarrazin (Southern Miss) and Jake Collins (WKU).

The list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists to be announced on Nov. 13. Following the semifinalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on Nov. 23. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.

The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured live on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards, Thursday, December 10.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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