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UTEP’s Mattox Heading to 49ers

Kicker Jay Mattox will be heading to the San Francisco 49ers for a minicamp tryout. The Las Vegas, Nv. native is the eighth Miner to receive an invitation to an NFL camp.

Jay Mattox was a four-year starter who played in all 49 games for the Miners. The kicker finished his collegiate career tied no. 1 in program history with 137 career PATs.

Mattox also rates no. 2 in program history with 257 career points (kickers only) and ranked no. 3 with 40 career field goals made. He concluded his senior campaign ranked second on team in points (54) and finished 39-of-40 on PATs. Mattox connected on a career-best 7-for-7 on PATs and tied his career high in points (10).

As a junior, he connected on a career-long 50-yard field goal during a win over Incarnate Word.

During his sophomore season, Mattox took over punting duties and averaged 41.1 yards on 41 punts (1,687 yards), putting nine inside the 20-yard line and booting eight 50-plus yard punts.

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.

Three Miners Earn Phil Steele’s All-Conference Honors

Cleveland, Ohio – Alvin Jones, Will Hernandez and Jay Mattox were named to the Phil Steele’s 2015 Postseason All-Conference USA third team on Thursday.

Leading the way for the Miners defense this season is El Paso native Jones. The sophomore guided the team in tackles (93), solo stops (48), sacks (6.5), tackles for loss (14.5) and two safeties. The linebacker is tied for first in the league in tackles for loss and rates sixth in sacks.

The El Paso native recorded a three-sack performance against UTSA tying second most in a single game in C-USA. Jones tallied a career-high 5.0 tackles for loss at NMSU which is the second-most during a single contest in C-USA.

On offense, Hernandez paved the way for the offensive unit that only allowed 12 sacks in 12 games. The line concluded the season ranked first in the league and is seventh nationally in fewest sacks allowed. The unit didn’t surrender any sacks in four contests versus LA Tech, Southern Miss, Rice, and Incarnate Word.

On special teams, Mattox was 15-for-19 on field goal conversions and rates third in the league in field goal percentage (78.9). The kicker led the Miners in points with 68 and was 23-24 in extra attempts. The junior also averaged 63.9 on kickoffs with 31 touchbacks this season. Mattox hit a career-long 50-yard field goal against UIW which tied for the third longest in C-USA.

He ranks third in program history with 203 kicking points and second in PATs with 98.

All three Miners will return next season.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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