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UTEP Football Scores High Marks in the Classroom

The UTEP football team has recorded the second-best Academic Progress Rate (APR) among all FBS programs in the state of Texas, according to the latest figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

“We take great pride in the fact that every single player in our program is on point to get their degree and be successful in life,” UTEP coach Sean Kugler said.

The Miners’ APR for the four-year period ending in 2015-16 is 980.

Rice tops the field with an APR of 984, followed by UTEP, North Texas (979), Texas (978), Baylor (973), UTSA (965), Texas A&M (962), TCU (955), SMU (951), Texas Tech (947), Houston (942) and Texas State (940).

The APR measures eligibility and progress toward graduation for student-athletes.  The average football four-year APR released on Wednesday is 962.

UTEP Head Football Coach Sean Kugler Announces 2016 Signing Class

UTEP head coach Sean Kugler announced the signing of 24 prospective student-athletes for the 2016 signing class on Wednesday morning.

A total of 23 high school athletes signed their National Letter of Intent this morning, and Tanner Stallings, a junior college transfer, signed with UTEP in December and is already enrolled in classes.

Out of the 24 signees, a massive 19 hail from the state of Texas. Of those 19, seven of the newcomers are homegrown talent from El Paso; the seven local signees are the most for UTEP dating back to at least 1999. Coach Kugler has repeatedly insisted on how important it is to recruit the talent in the Sun City; he has signed a total of 17 El Pasoans in his four classes (2013: four, 2014: two, 2015: four, 2016: seven).

Out of the other five new arrivals, two come from Washington, and one each from Maryland, Kansas and California.

The haul includes four linebackers, four defensive lineman, four running backs, four defensive backs, three offensive lineman, two wide receivers, one quarterback, one athlete and one tight end.

The Miners will commence spring ball on March 14 at Glory Field.

                            2016 UTEP Signing Class Roster

Name                          POS    HT      WT      Hometown (Previous School)

Tiano Tialavea            DL       6-3       350      Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea HS)

Keith Sullivan             DL       6-7       255      Houston, Texas (Aldine Davis HS)

Christian Johnson       DL       6-2       255      El Paso, Texas (Parkland HS)

Josh Ortega                 DL       6-2       275      El Paso, Texas (Montwood HS)

Justin Rogers              DB      5-11     185      Los Angeles, Calif. (Los Angeles HS)

Broderick Harrell        DB      5-11     195      Wolfforth, Texas (Frenship HS)

Eric Foster                  DB      6-0       185      El Paso, Texas (Americas HS)

Joseph Pickney           DB      6-0       185      Crosby, Texas (Crosby HS)

Sione Tupou               LB       5-11     240      Allen, Texas (Allen HS)

Dedrick Simpson        LB       6-2       260      Houston, Texas (Dobie HS)

Dylan Parsee               LB       6-2       210      San Angelo, Texas (San Angelo Central)

Kolbi McGary            LB       6-0       205      Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)

Walter Dawn               ATH   5-6       170      Mesquite, Texas (Poteet HS)

Brannon Bullitt           WR      6-0       210      El Paso, Texas (Chapin HS)

Richie Rodriguez         WR      5-9       175      El Paso, Texas (Eastwood HS)

Amorama Noel            TE       6-3       240      Houston, Texas (Alief Elsik HS)

Kevin Dove                 RB       6-0       250      El Campo, Texas (El Campo HS)

Antonio Dupree          RB       5-11     225      Baltimore, Md. (Gilman HS)

Quardraiz Wadley       RB       6-0       180      Kennedale, Texas (Kennedale HS)

Ronald Awatt             RB       5-11     195      Wolfforth, Texas (Frenship HS)

Mark Torrez               QB      6-0       185      El Paso, Texas (Eastwood HS)

Tanner Stallings          OL       6-1       300      Hutchinson, Kan. (Hutchinson CC)

Bobby Deharo             OL       6-4       270      El Paso, Texas (Montwood HS)

Jared Goldwire            OL       6-6       300      Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS)

Head coach Sean Kugler opening statement:

“First off, I would I like to thank our entire staff. Countless hours were put into recruiting; it just doesn’t happen in the course of a week or a month. They’ll put in an entire year, and sometimes two years vested into some of these young men. One of the main things we try to do is get to know them as student-athletes, get to know their families and get to know their character. We try doing our best job to bring players into our program that is going to bring to right type of players for our program. I’m very excited to introduce this year’s class.

“I think you’ll hear me say a lot of the same words over and over again about these guys. You’re going to hear me use words like: production – productive players who did it on film in high school, you’re going to hear me talk about versatility – guys who have played on both sides of the ball, played different positions and guys who can do a lot for our team. I always tell players the more you can do to help the team, the more successful we are going to be.

You’re going to hear me talk about physicality – one of the trademarks of our program and you’re going to see that on film, as we show you some of these young men. I really think that we upgraded our speed. Not only at the skill positions but I think when you see some of these linemen, some of these linebackers that we signed, I think you’ll be impressed.

“We’re going to sign 24 players today. Along the same lines to what we’ve been trying to do since we’ve been here. We are signing 23 of those 24 will be high school football players. We really believe in that and we are signing one junior college player [Tanner Stallings] who’s already here on campus. That’s going to be our M.O. We want to sign young players and develop them, and let them grow into our program. Nineteen of those players are from state of Texas.

We really hit the state of Texas on all avenues hard this year. And that will continue into the future. Seven of those players are from El Paso. Within the state of Texas, we signed the Texas 4A Player of the Year in Quardraiz Wadley and in El Paso for the fourth straight year; we’ve signed the El Paso Player of the Year in Richie Rodriguez. I think the other thing that will stand out is the class is balanced. We’re signing 12 offensive players, 12 defensive players and it’s balanced within.

We’ve signed four defensive backs, four linebackers and four defensive linemen – although that can be very misleading because the linemen that we signed are all kind of hybrid type linemen, except for one – he has no choice but to play nose guard because he’s 350 pounds. But all the rest of the guys are guys who can play two positions. And many of our linebackers are hybrid type of defensive ends that can play two positions. Versatility is going to be key.

On the offensive side of the ball, we signed two wide receivers, one guy that I classified as an athlete, one tight end, one quarterback – that we signed right here from El Paso, very productive quarterback in Mark Torrez, and we always sign linemen – three offensive linemen, four defensive linemen for seven total.

“I think you’ll see a little change in the linemen signings because we have switched to a 3-4 defense in coach [Tom] Mason’s scheme. We’re going to be signing more linebackers in the future, linebacker/safety type players.”

Kugler on Tiano Tialavea:

“He’s from Washington, O’Dea High School in Seattle. This guy is 6-foot-3, 350 pounds. Now this guy had an unbelievably productive junior year. His senior year he broke his foot. Really the only game he played truly healthy his senior year, he was invited to all-American all-star game in Dallas, which he dominated. He played in the Blue-Grey All-American bowl. In that game he had eight tackles, six tackles for loss and a sack playing against other all-Americans. He’s an explosive guy. His junior season he had 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He’s got a 3.3 GPA and he’s in the mold of the type of young man that we want to bring into this program. This kid is high energy and I think the Miner fans will fall in love with him.”

 

Kugler on Keith Sullivan:

“He’s a defensive lineman and a hybrid type. He’s a guy who can stand up and rush the passer and lineup at defensive end. Once this fills his body there’s no telling how big he’s going to be. He’s 6-foot-7, 255 pounds. Right now he looks like a power forward. He’s very long and athletic. He’s started three years. He led the team in most of their defensive categories; had 53 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 8.5 sacks, 11 pass breakups, seven quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Good production from this guy.”

 

Kugler on Christian Johnson:

“He’s a hybrid type guy; he’s lined up at linebacker and played the position inside and out. He also played defensive end. He had a very productive career, played four seasons at Parkland. He saw action in 39 games, racked up 180 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, in his career he had 33.5 sacks, 45 quarterback hurries and five fumble recoveries. That’s the type of production that we’re looking for. He’s an outstanding young man, very athletic defensive player and was named to the El Paso Times All-City team and played in the El Paso Showcase All-Star game.”

 

Kugler on Josh Ortega:

“He’s the third Montwood Ram we’ve signed in the last two years. He’s going to play nose guard and defensive end for us. He’s 6-foot-2, 275 pounds. He played three seasons of varsity football. His senior season he had 40 tackles in eight games, added 4.0 sacks, two passes defended, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four hurries. He’s very productive for an interior guy. He was All-City first team defense and also played in the El Paso Showcase All-Star game, in which he dominated.”

 

Kugler on Justin Rogers:

“Has good size, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds. He played cornerback and wide receiver. On defense, he tallied 96 tackles, six interceptions, 10 pass breakups, while offensively, he posted 2,587 on 90 receptions (28.7 avg.) – very explosive – and 25 TDs. He also had 313 yards rushing on 30 carries and a career-long 90-yard touchdown. All told, he tallied over 3,000 all-purpose yards. This is a guy who can do a lot of different things for us. He was named All-City on offense and defense in back-to-back years.”

 

 

Kugler on Broderick Harrell:

“He’s got good size. He’s 5-foot-11, 195 pounds from Frenship High School. This is a two-way athlete. He played cornerback and wide receiver. At cornerback he had 73 tackles and two interceptions. Offensively, he had 312 all-purpose yards. His senior season alone, he had 69 tackles, 15 pass breakups, a tackle for loss and 12 receptions for 301 yards. Very versatile two-way player and this guy is a hitter.”

 

Kugler on Eric Foster:

“He’s a multi-purpose athlete. He played quarterback, wide receiver, and he was a returner. We had him here at our El Paso camp and we played him at DB, and he dominated the camp. And that’s what were going to recruit him as. He’s got great size – 6-foot, 185 pounds. As a quarterback and wide receiver, he threw for 1,200 yards, and only four interceptions, ran it 164 times for 976 yards and 10 scores and had 356 yards passing, four touchdown throws, while gaining 103 yards and a score in a win over Eastwood. This did a little of everything for Americas.”

 

Kugler on Joseph Pickney:

“I’d describe this young man, not as a hitter, but as a head hunter. He’s a dual-sport guy who played football and ran track. He played cornerback and safety for Crosby High School in Texas. As a career, he totaled 224 tackles, six for loss, 16 pass breakups, one sack, two hurries, six interceptions and this guy has forced several fumbles. He was named all-state second team and he was a two-time all-district first team. He was also a four-year regional qualifier for track. This guy can run, find the ball and make big hits. Again, he’s got good size and we can throw him into a couple positions.”

 

Kugler on Sione Tupou:

“Played at an outstanding high school program. Allen is one of the top programs in the state of Texas. They’ve won state championships, they were 14-1 this year and they ended the season ranked 16th in the nation.During his senior year he had 42 tackles, eight tackles for loss, five sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles. This is a guy who has been a defensive end and played linebacker. He can do a lot of things for our new scheme in the 3-4. As a junior he compiled 72 tackles and four sacks and he won the state title that year.”

 

Kugler on Dedrick Simpson:

“He’s a very good-sized linebacker. This is a guy who has played defensive end with his hand in the ground. He is 6’2”, 260 pounds. During his senior season he had 69 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and three pass breakups. He also played tight end and full back and he is a very versatile player. As a junior, he had 64 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries. He was back to back first team all district and he was the first player from Dobie High School in 10 yearsto earn a Division I scholarship.”

 

Kugler on Dylan Parsee:

“He is a hybrid type guy that has played outside linebacker and defensive end. To tell you how versatile he is, he also returned punt returns for his high school team. He is 6’2”, 210- pound linebacker. He registered 112 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, eight sacks, five punt returns, one interception and one forced fumble. He is extremely productive and was named to the 2015 All-West Texas Super team and was also a two-time all district honoree.”

 

Kugler on Kolbi McGary:

“Hard-hitting free safety, he can play about eight or nine yards outside the box, and will be a guy that we convert to linebacker. He’ll get bigger and he is a dual sport guy that long jumps in track as well. He played free safety and had 59 tackles; three quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and two tackles for losses. He was named to the Texas 6A honorable mention team. He was named to the 8-6A All District First Team in 2014 and 2015.”

 

Kugler on Walter Dawn:

“I listed this guy as an athlete but he an multi-purpose guy. He was a three-star recruit on scout.com. He was first team district all-offense. He is like a little go-go gadget. We talked about adding speed to our team; he ran a 10.3 in the 100m dash in track. He is a little guy. He’s 5’6”, 170 pounds. During his senior year, he had 746 yards on 106 carries (7.0 avg.) with 44 receptions for 858 yards (19.5 avg.). He had 402 all-purpose yards in one game. He can return punts or kicks. He was a 2015 all-district first team nominee.”

 

Kugler on Brannon Bullitt:

“He’s 6’0”, 210 pounds; he is a big receiver. Size wise he reminds me of Jordan Leslie. He’s a big, physical kind of wide receiver. He led his district in receptions with 66, receiving yards in 1,516 and touchdowns with 22 all in 12 games. His receiving scores ranked tied seventh in the state of Texas and tied 29th in the nation. He also added a rushing score and interception return for a pick six. He was named to the scout.com third team for the state of Texas. He was all district first team and he also played in the El Paso Football All Star Showcase.”

 

Kugler on Richie Rodriguez:

“He was player of the year in the city of El Paso. As I mentioned before, this is the fourth straight year we have signed the Player of the Year from El Paso. We talk about production, listen to this, during his senior season he led the state of Texas in 1,709 receiving yards, while ranking fifth in receptions with 95 and ninth in touchdown catches with 21 in 12 games. He registered nine 100-yard receiving games including two of 220 yards. He added 319 yards rushing on 48 carries for a 6.6 avg. He also threw a pair of touchdowns. This guy can do it all. That’s why he was the player of the year in the city of El Paso. He is also a dual sport athlete that plays basketball. He scored 53 touchdowns during his career.”

 

Kugler on Amarama Noel:

“This guy is a blocking tight end. He reminds me of Trey Ford. This guy is nasty. We loved having this young man on the visit and he hugged me about 30 times while he was here. He is really excited about being here in El Paso. This guy is long armed; he is 6’3” 240 pound tight end. He had 42 pancakes as a senior. He was named two-time All District First Team and he only had one catch. That tells you a lot about this kid.”

 

Kugler on Kevin Dove:

“This guy is classified as a big back. We love to have guys of all shapes, sizes, speeds and change-ups but this guy is one speed, he just runs you over. His name is Kevin Dove from El Campo High School. He is six foot tall, 250 pounds and I think you will on the film how nimble and athletic he is. If you want to talk about toughness, when I was in the home with coach Jackson, I said, “you know what? Kevin, what do you like to do? What are your hobbies? What do you like to do off the field?” and he said, “Coach I break horses,” and I said, “you do what?” Kevin said, “I break horses, I get thrown off. I get the wild horses and I break them down so they are tamed.” He had scars all over his legs and said, “this is where a horse kicked me, this is where a horse threw ne off right here, and I said, “you, know what? You’re going to be perfect.

 

“He recorded 1,964 yards rushing, 8.4 per attempt, and 30 touchdowns in his senior season. He had 183 yards and five touchdowns in one game versus Bay City. This guy is tough. During his sophomore year at defense, this guy played linebacker on defense, 61 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

 

“Now this is his career stats; 4,196 yards rushing and 60 touchdowns. He earned back-to-back district MVP honors following his junior and senior seasons. He was First Team All-District, Defensive Newcomer of the Year s a sophomore. He was Class 4-A All-State Honorable Mention in 2014 and 2015 and the first time I hear of this award, 2014 Collin Street Bakery Class 4-A All-State football team. I guess if you’re 250-pound running back, you’re going to be on the bakery’s All-State football team.”

 

Kugler on Antonio Dupree:

“The next young man is from Baltimore, Maryland and played at Gilman High School. Gilman this year was ranked final 13th in the nation in USA Today. Antonio Dupree, he’s another big back at 5’11 and 225 pounds. This year he rushed for 1,420 yards with a 7.4 average, 14 touchdowns and 155 receiving yards. He rushed for 123 yards in the 2015 Crab Bowl, which is basically the All-Star game in Baltimore. He was named to the All-Metro Football Offense first team, All-District and he was a three-star recruit on 247sports.com.”

 

Kugler on Quardraiz Wadley:

“I had mentioned we had already signed the El Paso player of the Year, Quardraiz Wadley, a running back from Kennedale High School, was the Texas 4-A Player of the Year in the entire state if Texas. These are his senior stats; he is six feet, 180 pounds, he rushed for 2,511 yards with an 11.2-yard average, 45 touchdowns in his senior year alone. That is why he is the Texas Player of the Year. He returned nine kick-offs for 319 yards with a 35.4 average and a score. He registered 10 games of over 100 yards rushing and two of over 300 yards rushing. This guy is a special player, he reminds me a lot of Aaron Jones although when Aaron Jones came out of high school, he weighed 165. This kid weighs 180 and he’s going to be a big kid when it’s all said and done. He is an outstanding player, and a three-star recruit on scout.com.”

 

Kugler on Ronald Awatt:

“Next young running back is from Frenship High School, he is a teammate of Broderick Harrell, Ronald Awatt. He is 5’11 and weighs 195 and is an excellent student. He led the team his senior season with 1,525 yards rushing and nine touchdowns and he led the district in rushing. He was named All-District Offensive Player of the Year, All-State Honorable Mention and was recruited by all the Ivy League schools.”

 

Kugler on Mark Torrez:

“We signed one quarterback this year, as we will do every year. El Paso’s own Mark Torrez from Eastwood High School. He is six-foot 185 pounds, very athletic and very mobile quarterback with unbelievable production in his high school career. This is his 12-game senior season; he led the district in passing with over 3,800 yards and touchdowns. He threw for 41 touchdowns with a 71 percent completion percentage, which is outstanding and only had nine interceptions. He averaged 319 yards passing per game. He rushed for 227 yards and a pair of scores in a win over Franklin and passed for 312 and ran another 154 yards and five touchdowns in a win over El Dorado. This guy can do it all, he was named District 1-6A Offensive MVP, All-District first team, wrapped-up nine Player of the Week awards, not bad, and he played the 24th greater El Paso Showcase. This guy is an outstanding player, and as he gets bigger in the weight room, I think he is going to be a special quarterback for us in the future.”

 

Kugler on Tanner Stallings

“This is Tanner Stallings, he is the one lone junior college player that we recruited, he is a center that we signed him because Eric Lee graduated. When we take in junior college player, it is to fill a need. When we take in a junior college player, we expect them to come in and contribute. This guy is an outstanding student; he received 2014 Hutchinson News Academic honors with a 3.85 GPA. As a senior, the offensive unit posted six showings of 200-plus yards on the ground, which means he has been in a program that likes to run the football much like our own. He was NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week, which is hard to do for a lineman. This guy is a physical, physical player, Tanner Stallings from Hutchinson Community College, a 6’1, 300-pound center.”

 

Kugler on Bobby Deharo:

“The next young man is also from Montwood High School here in El Paso, Bobby Deharo. He came to our camp two years ago and he ran a 4.95 40-yard dash at 250 pounds at the time. Well now he is 6-4 and weighs 270 pounds. This is a very athletic and physical offensive lineman that I think with time in the weight room is going to become a 300-pounder that can move. Montwood’s quarterbacks averaged 255 passing yards in a game and they stayed pretty clean probably because of him and Josh Ortega. He was named El Paso Time’s All-City first team, All-District for the second consecutive year and he also played in the senior All-Star game.”

 

Kugler on Jared Goldwire:

“Next young man is from Covington, Washington and played for Kentwood high School. He is an offensive lineman but is also athletic enough to play defensive end in high school. His name is Jared Goldwire and this kid is 6’6 when we measured him on his trip and weighs 300 pounds. He is very long and he is lean. As a senior he saw action in eight games and recorded 63 tackles, 12 for loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles as a defensive end. He was named Northeast All-League first-team defense following his senior season. He is going to play offensive tackle for us and he is very athletic.”

 

FULL BIOS

Tiano Tialavea | DL | 6-3 | 350 | Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea HS)

Played in three regular season games during senior campaign … posted a season-best nine tackles versus Lakes … registered five stops and a forced fumble in win over Roosevelt … also notched tackles in victory over Lakeside … played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl game, leading the West to a 21-14 victory with eight tackles, six tackles for loss and a sack … during junior season, recorded 25 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … currently holds a 3.28 GPA.

 

Keith Sullivan | DL | 6-7 | 255 | Houston, Texas (Aldine Davis)

Started three years of varsity football at Aldine Davis … led team in most defensive categories, recording 53 tackles (23 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 11 pass breakups, seven quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … helped the Falcons claim the District Championship in their first year as a varsity football program … also guided the team to back-to-back Texas Class 6A Playoff appearances … selected to the Greater Houston Area North East All-Star game as a senior … a two-time 18-6A All-District second team honoree … named to 2015 Greater Houston High School Rotary Lombardi Award watch list … a three-star recruit on rivals.com … also played varsity basketball for three seasons.

 

Christian Johnson | DL | 6-2 | 255 | El Paso, Texas (Parkland HS)

Played four seasons of varsity football at Parkland HS, playing defensive end and linebacker …  saw action in 39 games and racked up 180 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 33.5 sacks, 45 quarterback hurries and five fumble recoveries … during senior campaign, posted a season best 64 tackles (29s/35a), 4.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery … recorded eight showings with five or more tackles … registered a career high nine tackles (6s/3a) and two sacks for 20 yards versus Del Valle … as a junior, tallied 42 tackles (28s/19a), 5.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery … recorded four performances with five or more tackles, including a season-best nine in a victory over Mountain View … during sophomore season, notched 32 tackles (19s/13a), 15.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, four tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles … registered five showings with two or more sacks … set a career best of 3.5 sacks for 31 yards in a 49-21 win over Hanks … also added two fumble recoveries for 79 yards and a touchdown versus the Knights … as a freshman, played in eight games … tallied 42 tackles (24s/18a), five tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and one forced fumble … had five performances with five or more tackles … closed the season with a season best of eight tackles (5s/3a) and three sacks in a victor over Eastlake … put the pressure on versus Riverside notching one sack and a career best six quarterback hurries …  name to the 2016 El Paso Times’ All-City Defense first team … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football game … a two-star recruit on scout.com andrivals.com.

 

Josh Ortega | DL | 6-2 | 275 | El Paso, Texas (Montwood HS)

Played on the varsity squad for three seasons at Montwood … accumulated a career-high 40 tackles (11 solo) during senior season in eight games with the Rams … added 4.0 sacks, two passes defensed, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four hurries … opened senior campaign with four tackles and three quarterback hurries during a victory against Las Cruces … registered a season-high nine tackles against Amarillo … recorded a sack and six tackles during a one-point victory against Americas … tallied seven tackles (three solo), a sack and a pass defensed in a win over Eastwood … overall, tallied 94 tackles (50 solo), 8.0 sacks, 6.0 tackles for loss and seven hurries during career … during junior season, recorded a career-high 13 tackles, including eight solo stops against Americas … named to All-District 1-6A first team defense … name to El Paso Times All-City first team defense … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football Game in the Sun Bowl.

 

Justin Rogers | DB | 5-11 |185 | Los Angeles, Calif. (Los Angeles HS)

Played two season of varsity football seeing action at cornerback and wide receiver … on defense, registered 96 tackles (61s/35a), six interceptions (55 yards) and 10 pass breakups … offensively, posted 2,587 yards on 90 receptions (28.7 avg.) and 25 touchdowns … also had 313 yards on 30 carries for six scores, including a career-long 90-yard sprint, while tallying 3,060 all-purpose yards … during senior campaign, notched 69 tackles (50 solo), 10 pass breakups and three interceptions (15 yards) … reeled in 49 catches for 1,596 yards (32.6 average) and ran for 313 yards on 30 carries … notched a career-high 12 stops (eight solo), while adding one interception, two receptions for 90-yards (career-long 45 yards) and three carries for 30 yards in a 42-7 victory over Jefferson … produced a career-best 305 all-purpose yards, totaling 230 yards on five carries for three touchdowns and registered 75 yards rushing on two carries and a score in a 57-0 sweep against Chavez … also notched career-longs versus the Eagles, 90-yard receiving and a 50-yard run … produced 12 showings of 100-plus yards and two for over 200 yards … posted 197 yards on seven receptions for three touchdowns, five stops and a two-point conversion versus Bell … rambled for 192 all-purpose yards (22 rushing, 135 receiving and 35 kick returning) and a touchdown in victory over Dorsey … as a junior, recorded 41 receptions for 991 yards (24.2 avg.) and seven touchdowns, while adding 27 stops (11s/16a) and three interceptions … broke out onto the scene in a win over Rancho Dominguez, hauling in nine catches for 229 yards (including a season-long 52-yard reception) for a pair of scores, a kick return for 55 yards and a season-best nine tackles … tallied a team-best four receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown versus Village Christian … led the team to it’s first 2014 CIF Los Angeles City Section Championship title in 49 years, posting six catches for 103 yards against Monroe … was named to 2015 All-City offensive team and 2014 All-City defensive team … a two-star recruit on rivals.com.

 

Broderick Harrell | DB | 5-11 | 195 | Wolfforth, Texas (Frenship HS)

Played two seasons of varsity football, seeing action at cornerback and wide receiver … compiled 73 tackles (54s/19a), two interceptions and 312 all-purpose yards … during senior campaign, notched 69 stops (51s/18a), 15 pass breakups, a tackle for loss, 12 receptions for 301 yards and two scores … posted a career-best 128 yards and a touchdown on four catches during a win over Amarillo, including a career-long 71-yard reception … also tied career-best 16 stops (11 solo) against Sandies … recorded a career-high 16 tackles (11 solo) and tallied 90 yards on three receptions and a touchdown versus Monterey … also had a key 66-yard catch in victory over the Plainsmen … registered a reception for 40 yards, five tackles and three pass breakups versus San Angelo Central … set eight solo stops and two passes defended in a victory against Cooper … had seven performances with five or more tackles … as a junior, helped the Tigers finish the season 9-3 … opened the campaign with three tackles and an interception (nine yards) in win over Burgers … garnered 2-6A All-District second team honors and was named to Lone Star Varsity Super team.

 

Eric Foster | DB | 6-0 | 185 | El Paso, Texas (Americas HS)

Played and started two seasons of varsity football, seeing action as a quarterback and wide receiver … as a senior, threw for 1,258 yards, 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions, and ran 164 times for 976 yards and 10 scores … led Americas past Eastwood throwing a career-best 356 yards and four touchdowns, while gaining 103 rushing yards and a score … ran for over 100 yards in five showings, including a career best of 201 yards in the victory over Franklin … finished the season posting a stellar performance versus San Angelo Central in the Class 6A playoffs, completing 11-of-15 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns … also threw a career-long 63-yard pass against the Bobcats … during junior campaign, played wide receiver … led the Trailblazers past Eastwood registering seven receptions for a career best 175 yards and two touchdowns … tallied 179 all-purpose yards against El Dorado running for a career best 107 yards … was named to the 2016 El Paso Times’All-City Offense honorable mention team … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football game … a two-star recruit on 247sports.com.

 

Joseph Pickney | DB | 6-0 | 185 | Crosby, Texas (Crosby HS)

Played three seasons of varsity football, seeing action at cornerback and safety … registered a total of 224 tackles (152s/79a), six tackles for loss, 16 pass breakups, one sack, two quarterback hurries, six interceptions, one forced fumble and two forced fumbles …during senior campaign, notched 73 stops (49s/31a), four tackles for loss, six interceptions, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry … recorded a career-high of 15 tackles (11 solo) in victory over Humble … tallied 13 stops (nine solo), two tackles for loss and one interception in win against Dayton … set a career-high of four pass breakups, with five tackles against New Caney …posted seven stops in three showings versus Nederland, Porter and King …during junior campaign helped the cougars finish 13-2-1 and 7-1 in league play … registered 105 stops (73s/32a), five pass breakups, two interceptions, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one tackle for loss … tied career high of 15 tackles (nine solo), one sack and a quarterback hurry in win over Angleton … had three performances with 11 tackles in wins over Nederland, Kingwood Park and Hutto … as a sophomore, totaled 46 stops (30 solo), one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a tackle for loss … posted a season-high nine tackles (six solo) and first interception in a 49-9 victory over King … notched six showings with four or more tackles … was named All-State second team, a two-time All-District first team and a four year regional qualifier for track.

 

Sione Tupou | LB | 5-11 | 240 | Allen, Texas (Allen HS)

Member of the Allen Eagles that went 14-1 that made it to the semifinals in the UIL 6A State Championships and ended the season ranked 16th nationally by MaxPreps … played in an outlandish 545 plays during the 2015 season for the Eagles … during senior campaign, racked up 42 tackles (35 solo and seven assisted), eight tackles for loss, five sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles … recorded a season-high four tackles in six different games … collected four tackles (two solo), one sack and three quarterback hurries in the UIL 6A playoffs quarterfinal victory against Denton Ryan  … notched four unassisted tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in a shutout triumph over Flower Mound … in a 65-0 win over Plano, jarred out two forced fumbles, along with three quarterback hurries and three stops … recorded four tackles and a tackle for loss in each game versus Denton Guyer and McKinney Boyd … posted four tackles in three of the five playoff games for Allen … as a junior, compiled 72 tackles (50s/22a), four sacks, three tackle for losses and three forced fumbles … recorded 25 stops during Allen’s playoff run to a state title … had a career-high 12 tackles in the 2014 season opener against Denton Guyer … followed that performance up with 10 stops, one sack and a forced fumble against McKinney Boyd … named to 2015 All-District first team and 2014 All-District 6-6A second team … was selected to the 2016 Polynesian All-American Bowl.

 

Dedrick Simpson | LB | 6-2 | 260 | Houston, Texas (Dobie HS)

Played on the varsity squad for three seasons … during senior campaign, recorded 69 tackles (44 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and three pass breakups … tallied 7.0 tackles for loss during a victory over Sam Rayburn … named team captions during junior and senior seasons … played at the tight end and fullback positions during goal line situations during junior and senior campaigns … as a junior, tallied 64 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup … during sophomore season, played linebacker, offensive line and running back … earned back-to-back District 22-6A first team honors as a linebacker in 2014 and 2015 … first Dobie High School football player to earn a Division I scholarship in 10 years … efforts helped the Longhorns to a 5-3 district mark; Dobie fell in the first round to North Shore, the eventual 2015 Football Conference 6A-DI Texas state champions.

 

Dylan Parsee | LB | 6-2 | 210 | San Angelo, Texas (San Angelo Central HS)

Played three seasons of varsity football, seeing action as a defensive end, linebacker and punt returner … registered a total of 112 tackles (69s/43a), 11 tackles for loss, eight sacks, five punt returns, one interception and one forced fumble in last two seasons with the Bobcats … during senior campaign led the Bobcats to a 11-2 finish, notching 68 stops (47s/21a), eight tackles for loss, eight sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble …  finished campaign ranking first in sacks and fourth in tackles in 6A Region I District 3 … recorded a career-best 13 tackles (8s/5a), a forced fumble and two sacks in a victory over Midland Lee … guided the team to a 59-27 win over Midland, posting seven tackles, five tackles for loss, a career-best four sacks and an interception (37 yards) …  opened the season with a 42-0 victory against Del Rio, tallying 10 stops (four solo) … set eight performances with five or more tackles … during junior campaign tallied 44 stops (22 solo) and three tackles for loss … helped the squad finish the season 12-2 … posted a season-best nine tackles (four solo) in 49-21 victory over Midland Lee … recorded six performance with five or more tackles … secured six stops and a tackle for loss in playoff victory over Bowie … named to 2015 All-West Texas Super team and a two-time 3-6A All-District first team honoree … a two-star recruit on rivals.com.

 

Kolbi McGary | LB | 6-0 | 205 | Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill HS)

Played varsity football two seasons, seeing action as a free safety … combined for 59 tackles (47s/12a), three quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and two tackle for loss … during senior campaign, notched 54 stops, two sacks, two tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry … led team in solo tackles with 47 … recorded a career-best 10 tackles (nine solo) in win versus Coppell … posted a stellar performance in 26-2 victory against DeSoto, tallying eight solo stops, a quarterback hurry, a pass breakup and a career-long run for 32 yards … came up with nine tackles (seven solo) against Mansfield … played in seven games and registered five or more stops in five showings … as a junior saw action in three games and helped the Longhorns finish the season 14-2 and 5-1 in league play … opened the campaign with a season-high eight stops (four solo) and a quarterback hurry in win over South Oak Cliff … posted tackles versus Bowie and Skyline … named to 2015 AP Texas Class 6A honorable mention team, 2015 All-District 8-6A first team defense and 2014 All-District first team.

 

Walter Dawn | ATH | 5-6 | 170 | Mesquite, Texas (Poteet HS)

Played on the varsity football team three seasons … during senior year, tallied 746 yards on 106 carries (7.0 avg.) and 44 receptions for 858 yards (19.5 avg.) … notched a career-best 402 all-purpose yards in victory over Wylie East, running for 141 yards, 213 receiving yards, two kick returns for 40 yards and an interception for eight yards … was named SportsDay HS Offensive Player of the Week for showing against Wylie East … opened the season with back-to-back games of over 200 all-purpose yards … ran for a career-best 173 yards on 14 carries with three carries for 44 yards and a punt return for 28 yards in win over Berkner … helped the Pirates secure a 40-0 blowout against Newman Smith hauling in a career-long catch of 77 yards and posting two receptions for 107 yards and a kick return for 15 yards … ran the ball 19 times for 153 yards and a game-long rush of 75 yards in victory over Forney … posted a career-long run of 80 yards versus South Garland finishing the night with 136 all-purpose yards … tallied eight showings of 100-plus all-purpose yards and four for 200-plus yards … as a sophomore helped the team go 12-2 overall and 6-1 in league play … dashed for 645 yards on 63 carries and had 38 receptions for 558 yards … ran four times for a season-high 132 yards and had three catches for 33 yards in 31-10 victory over West Mesquite … posted a dominating performance against Forney, recording 181 all-purpose yards, with a season-high five catches for 117 yards … racked up seven performances with over 100 all-purpose yards … named to 2015 12-5A All-District first team offense … a three-star recruit on scout.com.

 

Brannon Bullitt | WR | 6-0 | 210 | El Paso, Texas (Chapin HS)

Played three seasons of varsity football at Chapin … led district in receptions (66), receiving yards (1,516) and touchdowns (22) in 12 contests … receiving scores ranked tied seventh in the state of Texas and tied 29th in the nation … added a rushing score and an interception return for a pick six … efforts helped the Huskies to a 10-2 overall record and an undefeated mark (8-0) in district play … amassed a career-high 239 yards on eight receptions (29.9 avg.) and four scores, including an 82-yards catch during a 45-14 win against Canutillo … registered a career-high 10 receptions for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a season-opening game against Eastwood; named to the Academy Sports Right Stuff Player to Watch following contest against the Troopers … hauled in nine passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns in a playoff loss to Randall … recorded 164 yards on eight catches and a touchdown, including an interception return for another score during a 48-15 triumph versus El Paso … had rushing score and 102 receiving yards on three catches (34.0 avg.) during a 35-0 win over Jefferson … tallied seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns during a 32-2 playoff win against Bel Air … during junior season, hauled in 52 catches for 998 yards and nine touchdowns in 11 games played … overall in three years, gathered 144 receptions for 3,013 yards (20.9 avg.) and 36 touchdowns … named to Scout.com All-State team, All-District 1-5A first team offense and to the El Paso Times All-City first team … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football Game in the Sun Bowl … two-star recruit on rivals.com.

 

Richie Rodriguez | WR | 5-9 | 175 | El Paso, Texas (Eastwood HS)

Played three years on the varsity squad at Eastwood … played on both sides of the ball all three seasons … during senior season, led the state of Texas with 1,709 receiving yards, while ranking fifth in receptions (95) and ninth in touchdowns catches (21) in 12 contests … registered nine 100-plus receiving yard games, including two 220-plus yard performances … added 319 rushing yards on 48 carries (6.6 avg.) and a pair of scores … threw a pair of touchdowns on five completions for 80 yards … helped lead Troopers to a nine-win season, including a trip to the area round championship after defeating Frenship in the Class 6A bi-district playoffs … on the defensive side, tallied 24 tackles (16 solo) and 16 passes defensed … opened the 2015 campaign with 160 yards on seven receptions and a trio of scores during a win over Chapin … followed with 11 catches for a season-high 269 yards and four scores in a victory over Canutillo … against Montwood, threw a touchdown on three completions for 55 yards, rushed for a season-high 65 yards and caught six passes for 45 yards and a score … tallied nine catches for 133 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another during a triumph over El Dorado … reeled in 11 passes for 229 yards and two scores in the victory against Frenship … the next week, hauled in a career-high 13 passes for 125 yards against Lamar in the area round championship … during junior season, recorded 56 catches for 1,204 yards and 13 touchdowns … had a career-day during a 61-26 win over Carlsbad, tallying a career-high 291 receiving yards on eight receptions (36.4 avg.) and four touchdowns, while rushing for two more on a career-best 165 yards on eight carries (20.6 avg.) … on the defensive side in 2014, registered three interceptions, including a 103-yard pick six against El Dorado … opened varsity career in 2013 with 105 yards on four receptions (26.3 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns during a win over Riverside … rushed for 132 yards on 16 attempts and a career-high three touchdowns against Coronado in 2013 … overall in 32-career games, hauled in 198 passes for 3,750 yards (18.9 avg.) and 39 receiving scores … rushed for 1,105 yards on 145 attempts (7.6 avg.) and 13 scores (seven during sophomore season), while on the defensive side recorded 53 tackles (41 solo), three picks for 124 return yards and 19 passes defensed … totaled 53 touchdowns during career … named 2015 El Paso Times’ Player of the Year … named to TheOldCoach Class 6A All-State first team and Class 6A Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 6A all-state high school football second team … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star football Game in the Sun Bowl.

 

Amorama Noel | TE | 6-3 | 240 | Houston, Texas (Alief Elsik HS)

A three-year letterwinner and starter at Alief Elsik … was utilized as a run blocker tight end … recorded a total of 42 pancakes during senior campaign … saw action in three games as a junior … had a reception for 13 yards in win over Fort Bend Kempner … registered a punt return against Fort Bend Austin … was named a two-time All-District 23-6A first team honoree … a two-star recruit on rivals.com.

 

Kevin Dove | RB | 6-0 | 250 | El Campo, Texas (El Campo HS)

Played three years on the varsity squad at El Campo … recorded 1,964 yards on 233 attempts (8.4 avg.) and 30 touchdowns during senior season … ran 17 times for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 34-yard trip to pay dirt during a win versus Tomball … rushed 18 times for 234 yards and a score during a victory against Wharton … tallied 183 yards and five touchdowns during a triumph versus Bay City … recorded 131 yards on 12 carries during a regular-season finale triumph over Columbia … ran for 212 yards and three scores on 11 carries during a first-round playoff win against Wheatley … rushed for 148 yards during a Class 4A Division I area round playoff win against Kilgore … scored four touchdowns with 222 yards on 300 attempts in a third-round playoff game versus Silsbee … during junior season, registered 2,077 yards on 257 carries (8.1 avg.) and 27 touchdowns … rushed for 244 yards on 33 carries and a pair of scores during a third-round playoff game against Navasota in 2014 … during sophomore season on defense, recorded 61 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles, while registering 155 yards on 15 carries and a trio of scores on offense … during career, rushed for 4,196 yards on 505 attempts (8.3 avg.) and 60 touchdowns … earned back-to-back District 12-4A MVP honors following senior season … District 25-3A all-district football defensive newcomer during sophomore campaign … earned APSE Class 4A All-State football honorable mention offense in 2014 and 2015 … 2014 Collin Street Bakery TSWA Class 4A All-State football first team offense … a two-star recruit on scout.com.

 

Antonio Dupree | RB | 5-11 | 225 | Baltimore, Md. (Gilman HS)

Played four years on the varsity squad at Gilman … during senior campaign, ran for 1,420 yards on 193 attempts (7.4 avg.) and 14 touchdowns … chipped in with 155 receiving yards … efforts helped no. 1 Greyhounds (10-1) win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship … Gilman ranked no. 13 in the final USA Today Super 25 poll … scored a touchdown in the season opener against St. Edward … found the end zone during a victory over Paramus Catholic … registered 178 yards on 22 carries (8.1 avg.) and a two touchdowns during a triumph against Loyola … tallied 125 yards on 12 carries (10.4 avg.) and a pair of scores during a win against Spalding … ran 18 times for 102 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown dash during a rivalry win and 100th meeting against no. 4 McDonogh to claim the Price Trophy and the MIAA A title …  during junior season, rushed for 655 yards and nine touchdowns … rushed for 123 yards on 13 carries and a score at the 2015 Crab Bowl played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore (high school all-star game) … named to All-Metro Football Offense first team … first team All-MIAA … a three-star recruit on 247sports.com.

 

Quardraiz Wadley | RB | 6-0 | 250 | Kennedale, Texas (Kennedale HS)

Played two seasons on the varsity squad at Kennedale … rushed for 2,511 yards on 224 carries (11.2 avg.) and 45 touchdowns in 13 games during senior campaign … returned nine kickoffs for 319 yards (35.4 avg.) and a score … registered 10 games of 100-plus rushing yards, including four 200-plus yard games and a pair of 380-plus yard contests … ranked sixth in the state of Texas in rushing yards, ranked third in rushing scores and fourth in total touchdowns … efforts led Wildcats to a 12-1 overall record (5-0 district mark), including a pair of playoff wins … opened senior campaign with a season-high 389-yard performance on 30 attempts (13.0 avg.) and five scores during a victory against Crowley … rambled for 385 yards on 24 carries (16.0 avg.) and six scores during a victory over Carter … tallied a season-high seven rushing scores on 238 yards (7.7 avg.) in a win against Alvarado … tallied 41 rushing yards and a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during an opening round playoff victory against Carter … ran for 243 yards on 12 attempts (20.3 avg.) and a trio of touchdowns in triumph over Gainesville … averaged 21.9 yards per carry (197 yards on nine attempts) and found pay dirt four times in a win against Lake Worth … averaged a season-high 24.0 yards per carry (96 yards), while scoring four times on four attempts during a victory over Diamond Hill-Jarvis … concluded senior campaign with 220 yards on 30 carries (7.3 avg.) and three scores in the third round of the 4A Division I playoffs versus Argyle … played three games on the varsity team during junior season, tallying 82 yards on six carries (13.7 avg.) and a pair of scores … named Texas’ 4A Offensive Player of the Year, while being named to the Associated Press Class 4A All-State football first team … a three-star recruit on scout.com.

 

Ronald Awatt | RB | 5-11 | 195 | Wolfforth, Texas (Frenship HS)

Played three season of varsity football … compiled 1,722 rushing yards on 277 carries, 1,865 all-purpose yards and 12 total touchdowns in last two seasons at Frenship … during senior campaign, totaled 1,525 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns … led the district in rushing with 1,382 yards … helped Tigers conclude the season 7-4 and 3-1 in league play … was the teams leading rusher in eight games … finished season running for a career-long 82 yards posting a career-best 242 all-purpose yards in win over Amarillo … finished game versus Sandies tallying 169 yards on the ground on 21 attempts and a touchdown, and added one reception for a career-long 73 yards and a score … amassed 172 yards rushing and found the end zone twice, including a 45-yard run in victory over El Dorado … hit 163 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards, for a total of  238 all-purpose yards in game versus Clovis … rambled for 234 rushing yards on 29 carries and a score in win over Coronado … ran for 131 yards on 28 attempts against Odessa … tallied eight 100-plus yard games and three 200-plus yard games … saw the field four times as a junior … racked up 340 rushing yards on 43 carries and three touchdowns … ran for a season-best 191 yards on 22 attempts and posted two scores in win over Cooper … opened season with 12 carries for 118 yards in 59-7 victory against Burges … named 2015 6A All-District 2 Offensive Player of the Year, 2015 6A All-State honorable mention, 2014 All-District 2-6A first team and 2013 4-4A All-District second team … a two-star recruit on rivals.com.

 

Mark Torrez | QB | 6-0 | 185 | El Paso, Texas (Eastwood HS)

Played on the varsity squad all four years at Eastwood … put up staggering numbers in 12 games during senior season … led district in passing yards (3,837) and touchdowns passes (41) on 277-of-389 passing (71.2 percent) and only nine interceptions … averaged 319.8 passing yards per contest … ranked fifth in district with 1,026 yards rushing yards on 117 attempts (8.8 avg.) and 15 rushing scores … ranked sixth in the state of Texas in touchdown passes, ranked second in passing yards and third in completions … chipped in with a pair of receiving scores in 2015 … helped surge the Troopers to a 9-3 overall record … threw for a career-high 545 yards on 33-of-50 passing four scores during a 6A bi-district playoff win against Frenship … 545 yards ranked tied for 27th most all-time during a single game in Texas state football history … added 149 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Frenship … threw seven touchdowns on 14-of-18 passing (263 yards) in a 61-14 triumph against Socorro … rushed for 227 yards and a pair of scores in a win over Franklin … passed for 449 yards (32-of-40) and five touchdowns in a victory over Canutillo … passed for 312 yards and ran for another 154 yards, while accounting for five touchdowns (two pass, three rush) during a 62-35 win over El Dorado … accounted for all six touchdowns (two rush, four pass) during a 42-28 win against Franklin … named District 1-6A Offensive MVP, while being named all-district first team offense and racked up nine Player of the Week awards … played in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football Game in the Sun Bowl.

 

Tanner Stallings | OL | 6-1 | 300 | Sterling, Kan. (Hutchinson CC)

Played in nine games during the 2015 season … garnered NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week and Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for leading the Blue Dragons to a 49-14 victory over Garden City … part of the offensive unit that paved the way for 493 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns against Garden State … the Blue Dragons ranked fourth in NJCAA in rushing yards (2,693) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (32) … rushing offense totaled seven 200-plus yard games, including three 300-plus yard games during the season … named to the 2015 KJCCC Football All-Conference second team … the unit concluded the season ranking first in the conference in rushing yards per game (257.6), yards per rush (5.5) and rushing first downs (81) … played in six games as a freshman … helped the Blue Dragons secure the 2014 Jayhawk Conference title and guided the team to a 52-7 victory over Hudson Valley in the Salt City Bowl … the team concluded the season ranked second in rushing attempts (583), third in rushing yards (3,289) and rushing first downs (145) and fourth in rushing touchdowns (38) … the rushing offense notched 10 games with 200-plus yards and six with 300-plus yards … played three seasons of varsity football as a defensive and offensive tackle for Sterling High School … as a senior the offensive unit posted six showings of 200-plus yards on the ground, including a 428-yard performance against Ellinwood … named 2013 Capital-Journal All-Class honorable mention … garnered 2014 Hutchinson News Academic honors with a 3.85 GPA … two-star recruit on scout.com.

 

Bobby Deharo | OL | 6-4 | 270 | El Paso, Texas (Montwood HS)

Played three years of varsity football on the offensive line at Montwood … played on the a little on the defensive line for the Rams … Montwood quarterbacks averaged 255.3 yards per games, while ball carriers averaged 133.4 yards per contest … overall, averaged 388.8 yards of total offense … Rams rushing attack gained a season-high 253 yards on 34 attempts (7.4 avg.), while the passing attack registered 325 yards on 12 completions during a 28-14 win over Midland … in consecutive weeks, the Rams passed for 300-plus yards – 365 yards on 25 completions versus Eastwood and a season-high 366 on 14 completions against Socorro … Montwood also rushed for 220 yards on 26 carries (8.5 avg.) and a pair of scores against Socorro … all-district the last three years, including being named All-District 1-6A first team offense in 2015 … named toEl Paso Times All-City first team offense for a second consecutive year … played at the offensive tackle position in the 24th Annual Greater El Paso Football Showcase All-Star Football Game in the Sun Bowl.

 

Jared Goldwire | OL | 6-6 | 300 | Covington, Wash. (Kentwood HS)

Played all four seasons of varsity football … as a senior, saw action in eight games and notched 63 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles … during freshman season, tallied 18 tackles, 1.0 sack and blocked a punt in seven games played; added a reception for 14 yards … recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) during season finale versus O’Dea … named to Maxpreps.com Freshman first team defense in 2012 … named 4A SPSL Northeast All-League football first team defense following senior season at Kentwood … a two-star recruit on scout.com

UTEP Coach Kugler announces staffing changes

UTEP football head coach Sean Kugler announced staffing changes on Thursday.

Heading the UTEP offense will be coordinator Brent Pease. Pease joins the Miners with 25 years of coaching experience, he worked with Chris Petersen eight seasons and most recently was the wide receivers coach at Washington.

Rice at UTEP-37Also on the offensive side of the ball, Theron Aych will serve as the wide receivers coach for the Miners. Aych spent the last five seasons at Angelo State as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

The Miners linebackers will also be under new leadership with the addition of Don Yanowsky, who comes to UTEP with over three decades of coaching experience on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

Recently, Yanowsky assumed duties as the special teams coordinator for two seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks (2014-15) of the Canadian Football League.

National Signing Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3. Kugler’s signing day press conference is scheduled for 12 p.m. MT and will be live streamed online at utepathletics.com

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Brent Pease

Brent Pease, who spent two seasons as the University of Washington’s wide receivers coach makes his way to the Sun City as the offensive coordinator.

The 25-year coaching veteran spent six seasons on Chris Petersen’s Boise State staff and reunited with Petersen in 2014. In 2015, he guided the Huskies to its sixth straight bowl game, which is the third longest active bowl-berth streak in the Pac-12 conference. Pease mentored senior Jaydon Mickens who ranked No. 2 in UW career receptions (203) and No. 5 in career receiving yards (2,187). Mickens finished the season with a best of 692 receiving yards, including a showing of five catches for 100 yards versus Arizona State.

In 2014, Husky receivers gained a reputation for explosive plays. Sophomore John Ross alone scored seven total touchdowns, four of which were receptions of over 50 yards. Ross recorded a career best reception of 91 yards, which is the second longest in UW history. Meanwhile, Mickens finished the season with 60 receptions, tied for 10th-most in Washington history.

Prior to heading to Seattle, Pease spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida. He coached starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for two seasons. As a sophomore, Driskel completed 156-of-245 passes for 1,646 yards with 12 touchdowns. The athletic quarterback also ran 118 times for 408 yards (3.5 avg.) on the season with three touchdowns. His rushing yards ranked seventh in school history by a quarterback for a single season.  In 2013, Driskel threw for 477 yards completing 42-of-63 passes before suffering a season-ending injury.

In 2011, Pease was promoted to offensive coordinator at Boise State. He had previously served as the wide receivers coach for the Broncos for five seasons, including 2006, when head coach Sean Kugler was on the coaching staff.

As the coordinator, Pease led the sixth-ranked Broncos to a dominating victory over Arizona State at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. That season, Pease coached quarterback Kellen Moore, a finalist for the 2011 Maxwell Award and the first quarterback in NCAA FBS history to record 50 career victories as a starter (Moore was 50-3). Moore was also the first FBS player to record 3,000 yards passing and total offense in four straight seasons and was one of only six quarterbacks to surpass 14,000 career-passing yards.

Since joining the Bronco coach staff in 2006, Pease has made his mark on the Boise State football program, helping coach some of the most productive wide receivers in school history. Under Pease’s guidance from 2007-10, former Bronco Austin Pettis and Titus Young played their way to the top of the Boise State record books. Young was a second-round NFL Draft selection by the Detroit Lions, and Pettis was selected in the third round by the St. Louis Rams. Pettis finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (229) and receiving touchdowns (39), while also ranking second in career receiving yards (2,838). Young, meanwhile, ranked No. 1 all-time in career receiving yards (3,063) and No. 2 in career receptions (204). He also ranked fourth in career receiving touchdowns (25).

Pettis and Young both played their way to first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2009 and 2010. Pettis earned the honor in 2009 after a record-setting season in which he caught a school-record 14 touchdowns, including a record streak of 10-consecutive games with a scoring catch.

Pease also coached Jeremy Childs into the Bronco record books. The former first team All-WAC selection currently ranks sixth all-time in career receptions (168) and ranks second for single-season receptions (82; 2007).

In 2010, Pease was named the FootballScoop Wide Receivers Coach of the Year presented by SpeedTracs. Under the tutelage of Pease, a dynamic trio of receivers helped Boise State average 46 points per game, while completing 71 percent of passing attempts.

Before joining the Bronco coaching staff in 2006, Pease had spent the previous three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Baylor. In his last season at Baylor, Pease helped the Bears post a 5-6 record, their best finish since 1995.

From 2001-02 Pease served as offensive coordinator at Kentucky, where he helped turn the Wildcats into one of the top scoring offenses in the country. After posting a 2-9 season in Pease’s first year, Kentucky finished 7-5 in 2002 – matching the team’s best record since 1984 – and was ranked 23rd-nationally in scoring offense.

Pease coached future NFL players Artose Pinner (Detroit Lions) and Jared Lorenzen (New York Giants) during his two seasons at Kentucky. Pinner finished 13th in the nation in rushing in 2002 and Lorenzen was 23rd in pass efficiency that season.

Under Pease’s guidance, Derek Abney ranked 10th-nationally in all-purpose rushing in 2002 and was 12th in 2001.

Before moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision level as a coordinator, Pease spent 10 seasons at Football Championship Subdivision schools Montana and Northern Arizona, five of which as a coordinator. Pease served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NAU from 1999-2000.

He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montana, his alma mater, from 1996-98 and was an offensive assistant coach for the Grizzlies from 1991-95. Pease helped the Grizzlies establish themselves as one of the premier FCS programs in the mid-1990s when they won the FCS national championship in 1995, finished second in 1996 and advanced to the semifinals in 1994. During Pease’s tenure at Montana, the Grizzlies finished with 10-or-more wins four times in eight years. And while he was offensive coordinator, the team compiled records of 14-1 (1996), 8-4 (1997) and 8-4 (1998).

While at Montana, Pease played a key role in the success of star quarterbacks Dave Dickenson and Brian Ah Yat. Montana led the FCS in passing in 1996, averaging 339.6 yards per game while leading the Big Sky Conference in both 1996 and 1998. Under Pease, Ah Yat threw a Big Sky-record 42 touchdown passes in 1996. Dickenson ranks first in Big Sky history in total offense and Ah Yat is 12th. Ah Yat led the FCS in 1996 with an average of 340.36 yards of total offense per game. Dickenson was the 1995 Walter Payton Award winner and an Associated Press All-American in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Ah Yat was a Payton Award finalist and a FCS All-American in 1996 and 1998. Dickenson and Ah Yat combined to win five Big Sky MVP awards.

Pease graduated from Mountain Home (Idaho) High School in 1983. He played quarterback at Walla Walla Community College from 1983-84 and then at Montana from 1985-86. Pease ranked ninth at Montana in both single-season and career passing. Pease was drafted by the Vikings in 1987 and was later released and picked up by the Oilers. Pease started three games with Houston during the strike-shortened season in 1987. He was a back up for Warren Moon during the 1988 campaign. He graduated from Montana in 1990 with a degree in health and human performance with an emphasis in social science. He and his wife Paula have one daughter, Halle and one son, Karsten.

Theron Aych

Theron Aych will serve as the wide receivers coach after accepting an assistant coaching job with the Miners. Aych spent the last five seasons at Angelo State as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

Under Aych, the Rams’ offense put up staggering numbers in 2015, leading the nation (Division II) in total offense with over 560 yards per game and ranking seventh in points per game (42.5). Senior quarterback Kyle Washington, under Aych’s tutelage, threw for 3,691 yards (Angelo State single-season record), ranking sixth in the nation. Washington registered 27 passing scores and only nine interceptions on 265-of-443 passing. Washington also rushed for 831 yards and 15 scores, as he led the nation in total offense and broke ASU’s single-season record for total yards with 4,522. Washington was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Aych is also a 2015 finalist for American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year.

In 2014, Angelo State averaged 39.4 points per contest, while racking up 469.7 yards of total offense per game. The Rams registered a 9-3 overall record in 2014. Washington set a single-season school record by throwing for 34 touchdowns and being the first Ram in history to throw for over 3,000 yards with 3,236.

The Zachary, La., native coached at NCAA Division II Central Missouri for four years (2005-08) after previously serving as an assistant at the University of Washington for two seasons (2003-04) and the University of Houston for three seasons (2000-02). Aych also coached at the junior college level – Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and Mesabi Range (Minn.) Community College – and at the high school level at Aberdeen (S.D.) Central.

At Central Missouri as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator, Aych mentored Delanie Walker, a Harlon Hill Trophy candidate as one of the top NCAA Division II football players and eventual selection in the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

Aych coached on the other side of the line of scrimmage, assisting with the outside linebackers and punters as a graduate assistant at Washington for two seasons. While at the Houston, Aych coached the running backs, as Cougars’ tailback Joffrey Reynolds was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year by Sporting News after rushing for over 1,500 yards in 2002. Prior to coaching the rushing attack, Aych assisted with the tight ends and kickers in 2001.

Prior to his two years at Mesabi Range, Aych spent three years as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Aberdeen Central High School after beginning his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Before his coaching career, Aych started three years as a wide receiver at Northern State from 1989-93 and earned honorable mention Northern Sun Conference honors as a senior. He earned a degree in sociology and criminal justice for NSU in 1996. Aych and his wife, Gwyn, have two children, Tommy and Katelyn.

Don Yanowsky

Don Yanowsky comes to UTEP with over three decades of coaching experience on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Yanowsky will serve as the assistant special teams coordinator and linebackers coach for the 2016 season.

Recently, Yanowsky, known as “Yano” in football circles, assumed duties as the special teams coordinator for two seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks (2014-15) of the Canadian Football League. Ottawa won the East Division with a 12-6 overall record. The Redblacks defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28, in the Eastern Final to reach the 103rd Grey Cup against the Edmonton Eskimos.

The native of Chicago made his CFL debut with the Calgary Stampeders as the linebackers coach in 2012. Yanowsky held the position for two years. Calgary played in the 100th Grey Cup (2012).

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Yanowsky was the tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator at Memphis for two seasons (2010-11). It was his second stint with the Tigers, as he assumed duties with the offensive line and as recruiting coordinator (1989-95).

Yanowsky coached the tight ends at LSU in 2009, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. Before coaching in Baton Rouge, Yanowsky coached two seasons (2007-08) at Boston College, serving as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. Yanowsky’s tight ends combined to catch 73 passes for 719 yards and five scores in 2007. The Eagles went 11-3, as they defeated Michigan State, 24-21, at the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl. Boston College also advanced to the 2008 Music City Bowl against Vanderbilt.

Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Yanowsky spent the 2006 season coaching tight ends and special teams under Skip Holtz at East Carolina. He coached at Duke for three years (2003-05), coaching the offensive line for two years, and the outside linebackers and special teams for one season.

Steve Logan hired Yanowsky at East Carolina for the first time in 2001, coaching the defensive line, and helping the Pirates earn a berth in the GMAC Bowl that year.

Other coaching stops for Yanowsky include a four-year stint (1997-2000) at Arkansas State; one one-year stay at Minnesota (1996) to coach the defensive line; and a three-year stay at Utah (1982-84) as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

Yanowsky got his started to coach in 1981 when he was hired as a student assistant coach at his alma mater Toledo. He started two years at the offensive guard position for the Rockets for two years (1979-80). Prior to transferring to Toledo, Yanowsky played at Snow Junior College at the same position (1978-79). From 1985-1987, Yanowsky coached at the high school level, serving as offensive coordinator at Bountiful (Utah) High School and later as the head coach at Viewmont High School in Utah, before returning to the collegiate ranks in 1989 at Memphis.

A 1982 graduate of Toledo, Yanowsky earned a degree in education. Yanowsky is married to the former Janet Free and the couple has two sons, Donnie Jacob.

 

Running Back Pickett Signs with Miners

Head coach Sean Kugler announced the signing of running back Peytton Pickett out of Arlington Sam Houston High School on Friday.

“Peytton (Pickett) is a very talented back, who has an opportunity to figure into the mix this spring as a mid-year graduate,” Kugler said. “He is a great kid from an excellent family and is an excellent student.”

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound tailback led the Texans in rushing (1,610), total touchdowns (17) and total points (104) during the 2015 season. Pickett gained a career-high 269 yards and scored three touchdowns against Fort Worth Paschal. Pickett rushed for a career-best four scores to open the 2015 season against Manor High School.

Pickett, most importantly, excelled in the classroom, working towards a 3.54 GPA and graduating this December. Pickett will be eligible to participate during the spring season, while he’s the second addition to the program this week after Kugler announced the signing of offensive lineman Tanner Stallings on Dec. 16.

Pickett also received offers from New Mexico, Kansas, SMU and Delaware State.

The remaining signing class will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 3 on National Signing Day.

FULL BIO Peytton Picket | RB

Led Arlington Sam Houston with 1,610 rushing yards on 224 carries (7.2 avg.) and 16 touchdowns in 10 games played during the 2015 campaign … added six receptions for 125 yards and a score … led Texans in total points with 104 … registered four 200-yard plus games and six multi-touchdown games … gained 780 yards rushing on 101 attempts and nine touchdowns in the first four games of 2015 …

recognized as an honorable mention in Class 6A following senior campaign … opened up senior year with a 266-yard performance and a season-high four scores against Manor High School on Aug. 28, while following with 245 yards on the ground and a pair of scores versus North Mesquite on Sept. 4

hauled in an 83-yard receiving score during a win against Dallas Kimball and added 110 rushing yards and a touchdown … rushed for a season high 269 yards on 27 carries (9.9 avg.) and three touchdowns during a triumph over Fort Worth Paschal on Oct. 16 … rushed for 516 yards on seven touchdowns in eight games during junior season …

named Player of the Game after rushing for 90 yards and two touchdowns during a season-opening victory over Manor High School on Aug. 30, 2014 … earned another Player of the Game honor after gaining 107 yards and a pair of scores against Bowie High School on Sept. 26 … earned 2014 4-6A All-District first team honors.

Miners sign Junior Transfer Stallings

UTEP football signed junior college transfer Tanner Stallings from Hutchinson Community College on Wednesday.

“Tanner fits the mold of the type of player we are trying to bring into our program,” head coach Sean Kugler said. “He has a 3.85 GPA and will be an engineering student. On the field he is physical and relentless. He will be with us for the spring, which will benefit him greatly.”

Stallings played center for the Blue Dragons for two seasons and garnered 2015 KJCCC Football All-Conference second team honors. The offensive linemen was named NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week and Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for leading the Blue Dragons to a 49-14 victory over Garden City.

The Blue Dragons finished the season ranked fourth in NJCAA in rushing yards (2,693) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (32). The rushing offense totaled seven 200-plus yard games, including three 300-plus yard games during the season.

The remaining signing class will be announced on Wednesday, February 3rd on National Signing Day.

FULL BIO

Tanner Stallings | OL

  • Played in nine games during the 2015 season … garnered NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week and Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for leading the Blue Dragons to a 49-14 victory over Garden City …
  • part of the offensive unit that paved the way for 493 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns against Garden State … the Blue Dragons ranked fourth in NJCAA in rushing yards (2,693) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (32) … rushing offense totaled seven 200-plus yard games, including three 300-plus yard games during the season …
  • named to the 2015 KJCCC Football All-Conference second team … the unit concluded the season ranking first in the conference in rushing yards per game (257.6), yards per rush (5.5) and rushing first downs (81) … played in six games as a freshman … helped the Blue Dragons secure the 2014 Jayhawk Conference title and guided the team to a 52-7 victory over Hudson Valley in the Salt City Bowl …
  • the team concluded the season ranked second in rushing attempts (583), third in rushing yards (3,289) and rushing first downs (145) and fourth in rushing touchdowns (38) … the rushing offense notched 10 games with 200-plus yards and six with 300-plus yards … played three seasons of varsity football as a defensive and offensive tackle for Sterling High School …
  • as a senior the offensive unit posted six showings of 200-plus yards on the ground, including a 428-yard performance against Ellinwood … named 2013 Capital-Journal All-Class honorable mention … garnered 2014 Hutchinson News Academic honors with a 3.85 GPA.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Panthers maul depleted Miners 52-12; Kugler ‘I apologize to all the Miner fans’

MIAMI, FLA. – Autrey Golden became UTEP’s all-time leader for kickoff return yards, but the depleted Miners fell at FIU, 52-12, on Saturday afternoon.
File photo: Autrey Golden
File photo: Autrey Golden

Golden registered five returns for 92 yards, giving him 2,758 in his career to surpass Cedric Johnson (2,757 yards).

Alex McGough completed 13-of-17 passes for 270 yards for the Panthers (3-3, 1-1 C-USA), who improved to 2-0 at home this season.  UTEP (2-4, 0-2 C-USA) dropped its C-USA road opener for the seventh consecutive year.
“Beyond tough,” UTEP coach Sean Kugler said.  “We lost a few more guys.  I can’t say enough.  We’re a beat-up team.  As the head coach, I’ve got to do a good job of keeping these guys together and trying to field a competitive team and keep them fighting.  That’s on me.”
The Panthers scored the game’s first 35 points, as McGough completed 10-of-12 passes for 182 yards.  He threw a 43-yard TD pass to Thomas Owens and connected with Jonnu Smith for a 14-yard score.  FIU added scoring runs from Alex Gardner (two yards) and Anthon Samuel (18 yards), and a 31-yard interception by Jeremiah McKinnon during the sequence.
The Miners got on the board with 7:53 remaining in the second quarter when Jay Mattox kicked a 20-yard field goal.  That completed a nine-play, 73-yard drive that saw UTEP convert its second and third first downs of the game.
The Miners had four first downs and 134 yards at halftime, and an already decimated running backs corps lost LaQuintus Dowell and Treyvon Hughes to injury.  UTEP was down 42-3 at the break.
UTEP scored its first touchdown midway through the third quarter behind freshman quarterback Kavika Johnson, who saw his most extensive action of the season.  Johnson completed four passes on the drive, the last to Cole Freytag who dashed 23 yards into the end zone.  Freytag had a career-high 81 yards on two catches.
Starting quarterback Ryan Metz was ineffective for the second straight game, completing 2-of-4 passes for 10 yards before Johnson got his chance.
“Ryan had a pick-six and the offense stalled at that point,” Kugler said.  “We just needed a spark right before halftime.  We put in Kavika.  He gave us a little spark down the field.  He continued to give us a spark in the second half.”
Johnson was 10-of-20 passing for 107 yards.
The Miners registered their second safety of the season in the fourth quarter when the Panthers’ Anthony Jones was tackled in the end zone.
Kugler pledged a re-commitment to the ground game a week after attempting 50 passes versus UTSA, and the Miners enjoyed moderate success running the football.  They gained 155 yards on 47 attempts (3.3 avg.) behind former receiver Warren Redix, who picked up 52 yards on 10 carries.  Dowell added nine rushes for 43 yards.
The Panthers gained 518 yards on 53 plays, a 9.8-yard average.  Gardner rushed for 56 yards and chipped in with 96 receiving, averaging 10.1 yards every time he touched the ball.
UTEP has reached its bye week midway through the season.  The Miners will return to action at home versus Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m.
“We’ll try to get healed up as best as we can and try to compete our tails off the rest of the year,” Kugler said.  “We’re playing with a wide receiver at tailback, a safety at tailback, and we’re down to our third or fourth quarterback.  We’re bare bones, but it won’t keep us from competing.
“I apologize to all the Miner fans for how our season is going so far this year.  Nobody hurts more than me.  And nobody is going to work harder to try to get it corrected than me.”
Author: UTEP Athletics
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