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UTEP Head Coach Dimel Names Burns, Nealy and Ohara Football Staff

UTEP football head coach Dana Dimel announced secondary/safeties coach Keith Burns, director of player development/high school relations Barrick Nealy and wide receivers coach Scotty Ohara were added to the staff on Monday.

This comes after offensive coordinator Mike Canales and defensive coordinator Mike Cox were officially announced on December 20.

Ohara comes from Rutgers where he was the offensive quality control assistant in 2017, working primarily with the quarterbacks. He brings over a decade of coaching experience. Ohara spent six seasons (2011-17) at Kanas State with various positions with the program, while working with Dimel. Ohara got his start at the University of Arizona as a volunteer student assistant under Dimel in 2006 and later received his degree from there in 2008.

“Scott is a very important hire for us and has been with me since my time At Arizona,” Dimel said. “[He] knows what we want to accomplish and how to on offense as well as anyone I have worked with. Scott is very well versed and talented in his skill set. And is a very valuable asset to our program on many levels.”

Nealy got his start with then-head coach Dimel at the University of Houston in 2002 where he played under center in four games. Nealy would transfer to Texas State where he produced three solid season, including the Southland Conference player of the Year in 2005 that led to a pro career with the Minnesota Vikings (wide receiver in 2006) and Calgary Stampeders (quarterback from 2006-10). Nealy recently coached at San Marcos Academy, directing the wide receivers since 2011.

“Barrick has great name recognition in the state of Texas from his outstanding playing career in college and played at professional level as well,” Dimel said. “He will Be very positive influence and character builder of the student athletes in our program. He will help our program on many levels on-and-off the field as a great mentor. [He will] be a strong conduit to the coaches we work with on a daily basis.”

Burns brings over three decades of coaching experience has tutored 29 NFL corners and safeties throughout is career. Burns was recently at Archbishop Mitty HS (San Jose, Calif.) for four seasons (2014-17), where he was the defensive coordinator in 2014 and promoted to head coach in 2015. Prior to his high school stint, Burns served as an assistant special teams coach for the Oakland Raiders from 2012-13. Burns also served as head coach at Tulsa for three seasons (2000-02).

“Keith and I have known each other for quite a while. We were together at K-State,” Dimel said. “I know what type of experience schematically he brings to the table and also having been a head coach at this level is someone I can refer to since he has sat in the head coaching chair himself. He has a wealth of experience in Power Five and NFL levels. And many years of recruiting Texas.”

The remainder of the staff will be announced following Monday’s hires.

Miners’ Metz Named to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

The Wuerffel Trophy announced on Tuesday that UTEP quarterback Ryan Metz is one of 108 nominees from Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to make the watch list.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach Florida.

Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

The El Paso native is known for his on-field achievements and has also made an impact off the field. The junior completed 25 hours of community service hours last season, while the signal caller is known for volunteering his time to children in the community. Metz volunteered over 15 hours at children’s camps, where he assisted with football drills and activities for the future gridiron greats.

Metz was also a member of Project MOVE, where he played with children in the community in various activities like kickball, football and soccer. Metz is active in assisting with the football team’s weekly dinner with the Child Crisis Center. Metz, along with his teammates, spend time with the children in the Crisis Center, playing, working on homework and eating dinner together.

Metz is one of eight Conference USA student-athletes on the list.

Voting for the Wuerffel Trophy is performed by a National Selection Committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients.

Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 2 and finalists will be announced on November 22.

UTEP’s Kugler talks speed, balance for Miners’ Signing Day 2016

Thanks to the 2016 recruiting class, the UTEP football team just got much faster.

Head Coach Sean Kugler said the team upgraded its speed after receiving 24 total letters of intent, and emphasizing the importance of recruiting local talent. That talent includes 19 recruits from Texas, including seven from El Paso.

“The guys that we got, we’re very excited about. Seven players, that gives us 17 that we’ve signed since we’ve been here as a staff,” Kugler said. “That will continue, that’s where recruiting starts for us. We just don’t pay lip service to it, it means something to us. I really have a goal to have a player from every single high school in El Paso on this team at some point.”

The seven El Paso recruits are the most under Kugler in his four seasons at the helm and the most for UTEP since 1999.

The Miners got help on both sides of the ball by signing 12 defensive players and 12 offensive players. Something Kugler wanted from this class.

“We do want to be more balanced offensively and it does start with getting playmakers that can do different things,” Kugler said. “We’ve added several different types of playmakers.”

Of those playmakers, the Miners were able to land three of the top recruits in El Paso in Eastwood quarterback Mark Torrez, fellow Trooper receiver Richie Rodriguez and defensive back Eric Foster from Americas.

Kugler showed excitement when talking about the offensive line recruits the program signed saying the team got that added depth they were looking for.

Another recruit Kugler praised was running back Quadraiz Wadley from Kennedale, Texas, who he said reminds him of his current running back Aaron Jones.  Jones missed most of the 2015 season with an ankle injury.

The Miners will now prepare for their spring camp to commence on March 14 at Glory Field.

“It’s a long process and it take a lot, sometimes you don’t find out until the night before, sometimes you find out the day of,” Kugler said.

He added, “There’s some heartaches too, you lose some guys and you put a lot of work into, but it’s very rewarding to put in all that work and have the young men stay loyal to your program. Unfortunately some kids aren’t that loyal and they switch sides, but if they’re not wholeheartedly here, we don’t want them in our program anyway. We want the guys that want to be Miners.”

To read about all of UTEP’s 2016 Signing Class, click HERE

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