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Info+Details: Miners Prep for Friday’s Town Hall, Scrimmage at SISD’s SAC

The Socorro Independent School District is proud to have the University of Texas at El Paso football team at the SISD Student Activities Complex on March 23 for a scrimmage game and a town hall meeting.

“We are eager for the Miners to come to our home stadium,” said Erika Lucero, SISD marketing and sales coordinator. “This is something that has never been done before and it’s a great way for UTEP to reach our students and community.”

Jim Senter, UTEP athletic director, also is excited to reach out to Miner fans on the East Side.

“We want to listen to their thoughts on how we can serve them better, and give them an exclusive opportunity to check out this year’s team,” Senter said in a UTEP athletics press release. “This is just the first step in engaging our tremendous UTEP supporters on the East Side of town.”

The Miners, under the direction of new head coach Dana Dimel, will hold the practice scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. at the SAC located at 1300 Joe Battle Blvd. A UTEP Athletics Town Hall meeting will be conducted before the game from 5:30-7 p.m.

Fans will get to see segments of the UTEP offense working against the defense to move the football, as well as goal-line situations.

“We can’t wait to showcase this year’s squad to our East Side fans.” Dimel said in the release.  “We want to give all Miner fans an opportunity to see the team in action.”

Admission is free, and complimentary UTEP spring football posters will be given away. Food trucks will be available, as well.

The UTEP football team is in the middle of spring drills that will end with the annual Orange & Blue game on April 13 in the Sun Bowl.

Where: SISD Student Activities Center, 1300 Joe Battle Blvd.

When: Town Hall from 5:30-7 p.m., practice and scrimmage at 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Free for all events.

Tailgating: Tailgating is not permitted to ensure availability of parking.

Restricted Items: Coolers, bags, backpacks, glass containers, alcohol, smoking/tobacco products, pets, balloons, umbrellas, lawn chairs and confetti are not permitted in the facility.

Field access: Restricted to UTEP Athletics personnel and working media only.  Media can gain field entry through the South tunnel gate by displaying their UTEP Athletics credential.

Post-practice autograph session: Select UTEP players and head coach Dana Dimel will sign complimentary schedule posters on the field after the practice.

UTEP Football Headed East: Will Hold Town Hall, Scrimmage at the SAC

The UTEP football team will be making its way to the East side of El Paso for the very first time on Friday, March 23.

The Miners, under the direction of new head coach Dana Dimel, will conduct a practice and scrimmage at the Socorro Athletic Complex (1300 Joe Battle Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m.  The scrimmage will be preceded by a UTEP Athletics Town Hall meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. at the complex.

“We have received consistent feedback from our early Town Hall meetings that there needs to be more of a UTEP Athletics presence on the East side of El Paso,” Miner Director of Athletic Jim Senter said.  “We’re excited to reach out to Miner fans on the East side, listen to their thoughts on how we can serve them better, and give them an exclusive opportunity to check out this year’s team.  This is just the first step in engaging our tremendous UTEP supporters on the East side of town.”

“The Miner football program is looking forward to coming to the East side of El Paso,” Dimel said.  “We want to give all Miner fans an opportunity to see the team in action.

“The scrimmage will be live, and fans will get to see segments of our offense working against the defense to move the football, as well as goal-line situations.  The Miners will be flying around the field making plays.  We can’t wait to showcase this year’s squad to our East side fans.”  

Admission to all activities at the Socorro Athletic Complex is free, and complimentary UTEP spring football posters will be given away.

The UTEP football team is in the midst of spring drills that will conclude with the annual Orange & Blue game on April 13 in the Sun Bowl.

UTEP Football to Begin Spring Practice March 5th

The UTEP football team will kick off its spring practice slate on March 5 starting at 7:50 a.m. at Glory Field.

The Miners will practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday from March 5-April 11. The team will have a week off from March 12-18 for spring break. The team will conclude the spring season with the annual spring game on April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Sun Bowl.

The Miners will enter the 2018 season returning 51 letterwinners and 15 starters (7 offense/6 defense/2 special teams).

Leading the way for UTEP’s defense are cornerbacks Nik Needham and Kalon Beverly. Needham is a three-year starter for the Miners and earned All-Conference USA honorable mention last season. The senior has recorded 24 pass breakups during his career, which rates him tied for second on the program’s all-time list.

Beverly is a three-year starter who recorded a career-high 44 tackles last season. Beverly added eight pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

On offense, center Derron Gatewood will pave the way for the Miners. The senior is a two-year starter and is joined by returning starter Ruben Guerra. Guerra played in 11 contests and made eight starts at the right tackle position.

UTEP season tickets are available now by clicking here. For more information please call (915) 747-6150.

UTEP Football Season Tickets Now on Sale

Season tickets for the 2018 UTEP football campaign can be purchased starting Thursday, February 15.

“We can’t wait to get started and we’re excited about putting a product on the field that Miner fans can be proud of,” said first-year UTEP head coach Dana Dimel. “We’ve got a great home schedule with I-10 rival NM State coming here, plus four C-USA bowl teams from a year ago in North Texas, UAB, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss. Every person makes a difference! We hope you’ll help us fill up the Sun Bowl and get the stadium rocking again.”

Purchasing or renewing tickets has never been more convenient. Season tickets can be purchased online at, by calling the UTEP Season Ticket Office at (915) 747-6150 or by e-mailing

Fans that secure their season tickets before April 30 will be able to see six Miner games for the price of five. Season tickets that are purchased prior to April 30 are available for as little as $55.

Five-month payment plans are available.

Fans who had season tickets last year will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to renew online. Fans who choose not to renew online will receive a hard copy invoice by mail in May. Fans are also welcome to come into the season ticket office to purchase their seats.

The Miners will host Northern Arizona (Sept. 1), NM State (Sept. 22), North Texas (Oct. 6), UAB (Oct. 27), Middle Tennessee (Nov. 10) and Southern Miss (Nov. 24) in 2018.

UTEP season tickets are available by clicking here. For more information please call (915) 747-6150. 

Diego Sanchez: My View of the UTEP Miners and the City of El Paso

The Sun City, out west in the great state of Texas is making some noise in C-USA. With probably the most disappointing season behind them. The Miners went 0-12 in 2017. They saw their Coach Sean Kugler step down, and not even the almighty Mike Price could bring them back from the dead. UTEP ranked #130 out of 130 FBS Division-1 schools.

With that being said, why is El Paso so excited for the 2018 season? There hasn’t been such big hype like this for Miner football in a long time,

At the beginning of last season, it was clear that the QB battle was between Zack Greenlee and Ryan Metz. That battle quickly gassed out throughout the season when Greenlee posted 47.7% completion rate compared to Metz 48.9% completion rate in 2017. Yard comparison wasn’t much better with Zack racking up a total of 818 and Ryan with 652. The numbers were not good, and the miners record showed it.

RB Joshua Fields a freshmen from Americas High School in El Paso Texas. Younger brother of Boise States RB Jack Fields. Joshua had an interesting season, with not alot of touches at RB but clearly the first option, Fields ended up with 359 yards on 88 attempts with only 2 rushing TDs. If Joshua wants to continue being the star running back, he has some big shoes to fill.

Compared to Aaron Jones freshmen season stats of 811 yards on 155 attempts and 4 touchdowns. Fields has some improvements to make, but some help is on the way for UTEP regarding the offensive line. This can make Joshua Fields very happy. Look for Fields to have a huge 2018 season

The Miners made alot of noise this off-season when – surprisingly – Kai Locksley, JUCO QB from Iowa Western committed to UTEP. Kai numbers at Iowa Western were great. Passing yards: 2,238 with a average of 186.5 per game. Also adding 705 rushing yards in the season, and a total of 40 touchdowns. He was a former ESPN top 300 QB in the class of 2015 and had big dogs like Florida State, Texas, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Ole miss, Clemson and more knocking at his door.

After committing to Florida State, he switched over to Texas, were his lack of playing time and disagreement when moved over to WR reached it’s limit, he didn’t even see a snap on the field. He decided JUCO was the best choice, committed to Arizona Western were again didn’t see much playing time and transferred over to Iowa Western were he found his grove in 2017, being named the Offensive MVP in the Graphics Edge Bowl win over #5 Northwest Mississippi, posting 274 yards and adding 34 rushing and a TD. He gives UTEP something to look forward at QB, were they need a lot of improvement.

Somebody that’s gonna be protecting Kai is JUCO standout from Tyler, Texas. His name is Tres Barboza. Offensive tackle standing at 6’5″ 295 lbs, I had a chance to speak with him and ask him some questions:

1)Utep is coming off one of its worst seasons, yet Coach Canales and Coach Dimel have been able to get the fans intrigued and excited about recruits like yourself. What are your expectations for the 2018 season?

Tres: “Coach Dimel and the new staff all came from great programs and they bring an energy that UTEP fans have been waiting for and I know with a QB like Kai and the rest of the recruits. UTEP fans are in for a surprise!

2)Utep is a beautiful campus, what was your favorite part?

Tres: My favorite thing about UTEP is the way the Buildings are designed brings out a Mexican culture vibe and myself being from that culture that was something I noticed off the top.

3) Fans and Miner insiders are predicting huge attendance numbers for the opening game of 2018, what do you think is a major key to get fans back into the SunBowl on a regular basis?

Tres: Win Games.

Win games, that’s all it takes. Tres Barboza will be a good addition to the offensive line in 2018, with Will Hernandez leaving for the NFL Draft.

Will Hernandez, most have him as the top Guard prospect just behind Quenton Nelson of Notre Dame. Hernandez is a monster standing at 6’3″ and 330 lbs. His power and strength overshine the competition. Will is on all 32 teams draft boards according to NFL draft insiders, but the team that has been making the most noise, and who Hernandez recently spoke with is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have an opening coming up in 2018 at left guard with Jonathan Cooper headed for free agency. Will was asked what it would mean to play for the Cowboys in a recent interview after a Senior Bowl practice, his response:

“I’d love to. I’d be 100 percent in, loyal to the bone. It’d mean everything to me. It’d be a complete honor. I look up to those guys [on the Cowboys’ offensive line]. Those guys are awesome to watch. I know I’d learn so much from them and become a better player just by playing next to them.”

UTEP has had some of there graduates have some success at the NFL level, most recently RB Aaron Jones, who got a chance as a starter after the injuries to the Packers starting RB. One of his most memorable start for him was against his home state team, the Dallas Cowboys were he ran for 125 yards and 1 TD. The most exciting TD for him came in week 13 against Tampa Bay which was a game winning 20 yard touchdown. Aaron Jones can make his case to be the started in 2018 with a strong off-season and a hot preseason start

There are good things happening at UTEP, recent years of losing records won’t show that on paper, but the people of El Paso, Texas are excited for the 2018 season, rooting for the hometown boys is a tradition, but with attendance down the last recent years, let’s see if they can pack a Sun Bowl stadium that seats 50,000 plus. Conference USA, look out for the Miners.

Will Hernandez Invited to NFL Combine

Former UTEP All-American left guard Will Hernandez has impressed scouts following the 2017 season as he received an invite to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. The combine is set for March 2-5 at Lucas Oil Stadium, Center Township, Indiana.

Prospective offensive linemen will get the opportunity to show off their skills on the first day, Friday, March 2. Fans can watch the action on the NFL Network.

The 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman, who just recently showcased his talents at the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl, has been on multiple NFL franchises’ draft radar.

The Las Vegas, Nev., native will also hope to enhance his resume as he’ll compete at the 2018 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge on Feb. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

According to CBS Sports Network, Hernandez is the 39th best pro prospect, while he’s ranked the second best offensive guard.

The NFL Draft is April 26-28 and will be held at AT&T Stadium. Hernandez has been projected as being a first-round draft pick.

Hernandez, who was supposed to play on the defensive line at UTEP prior to his 2013 redshirt season, earned multiple accolades on the offensive side of the ball. He started all 49 games during his four-year career (2014-17), protecting the blind side for UTEP quarterbacks.

Hernandez earned All-American honors in back-to-back seasons (2016, 2017) and was also named All-Conference USA first team during those years. Hernandez was named to the 2014 All-C-USA freshman team following UTEP’s winning season and New Mexico Bowl appearance.

2018 Miner Football Schedule Released

Tuesday morning, Conference USA officials released UTEP’s 2018 Football schedule, featuring six home games.

“Our staff and players are really looking forward to the challenge ahead with our 2018 schedule,” said head coach Dana Dimel. “Eight teams on our schedule were bowl-eligible last season as well as a Northern Arizona team that qualified for the FCS playoffs.”

The Miners, coming off their 0-12 record, kick off the Dana Dimel era with a home game against Northern Arizona, then hit the road to Vegas to take on UNLV.

Things heat up by week 3, as the Miners will be taking on another one of college football’s perennial powerhouses – Tennessee – before settling in to take on long-time rival and Arizona Bowl victors New Mexico State in the Sun Bowl.

The rest of the regular season for UTEP  features CUSA match-ups, with a bye week on October 13th.

The full schedule is below


Sept. 8 at UNLV

Sept. 15 at Tennessee


Sept. 29 at UTSA


Oct. 13 Bye

Oct. 20 at Louisiana Tech

Oct. 27 UAB

Nov. 3 at Rice


Nov. 17 at Western Kentucky


**Home games in BOLD

***note from UTEP: It is important to take under consideration that all game are subject to date changes and some dates are expected to move in the coming weeks in order to accommodate national television.

“This is a tremendous schedule for our fans. We have two home games each month,” said Dimel. “I really think our fans will enjoy watching our team compete from start to finish, whether we’re hosting Northern Arizona in the season-opener, playing in Knoxville against Tennessee, or battling down the stretch in November against an exciting C-USA slate that ends with Southern Miss in the Sun Bowl.”

According to the CUSA Website, the 2018 alignment will feature seven teams in the East Division and seven teams in the West Division.  Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion and WKU comprise the East Division, while Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP and UTSA make up the West Division.

Each school will play every team in its division once for six games, while playing two cross-over opponents from the opposite division.  Each team will reverse the location of its 2017 conference opponents, both inter-division opponents and intra-division foes.

The conference is in the second year of a rotation between cross-division opponents that will rotate every two years until 2024, when each school has played every opponent in the opposite division once home and away.

Dimel Adds Four More to Staff; Will Unveil First Recruiting Class at Signing Day Luncheon

UTEP football head coach Dana Dimel announced the addition of running backs coach Reggie Mitchell, inside wide receivers coach Jake Waters, defensive line/defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo and cornerbacks coach Remington Rebstock to the staff on Wednesday.

Mitchell brings over 30 years of coaching experience, he previously spent two seasons as Arkansas’ running backs coach. Over his career, Mitchell has coached/recruited 33 players who have been selected in the NFL Draft, including six first round picks.

Prior to Arkansas, Mitchell spent six seasons (2010-15) at Kansas where he was the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Mitchell also made three Big Ten stops at Illinois serving as a assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and running backs coach (2005-09), Michigan State as the wide receivers, running backs and recruiting coordinator coach (2000-19) and running backs coach at Minnesota (1997-98).

“Reggie [Mitchell] brings a wealth of experience and recruiting savvy to our program,” Dimel said. “He’s well versed and well recognized as an outstanding recruiter here in the state of Texas. He’s well known as an excellent coach and developer of running back talent at the highest level of college football.”

Waters comes to UTEP from Iowa State where he served as a graduate assistant for the offense.

The Cyclones finished 7-5 during the regular season, while they averaged 29.9 points per game and 389.3 yards of total offense per contest. Prior to Iowa State Waters spent two seasons as a volunteer quarterbacks coach at Iowa Western CC. Waters played quarterback at Kansas State and was a two-year starter (2013-14) under Dimel.

“Jake [Waters] will bring high energy to our recruiting efforts and has a well-recognized name across the country from the things he’s accomplished as a player in our system,” Dimel said. “He’ll be a great mentor to the players in our program.”

Tuiasosopo brings 20 years of division I football coaching experience to UTEP, he previously served as the special teams quality control assistant at USC which claimed the Pac-12 Conference title for the first time in nine years. Before serving as the special teams quality control assistant, Tuiasosopo served as an offensive consultant for USC in 2016. Prior he was a volunteer football analyst for the Trojans for one season.

Prior to USC, Tuiasosopo coached at UCLA in 2014 as the outside linebackers and special teams coach. He returned to the Pac-12 after coaching at Colorado (defensive line, 2011-12) and the University of Arizona (defensive tackles/line, 2004-10).

“Mike [Tuiasosopo] is a very experienced coach and has been successful developing defensive line talent at various program,” Dimel said. “He’s also well recognized in the recruiting circles across the country and will bring a lot to our program in recruiting efforts throughout Texas, Arizona and the West Coast.”

Rebstock comes to El Paso from Oklahoma State University, where he assisted coaching the defensive secondary as a graduate assistant. During his tenure at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys accomplished three consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. Rebstock helped guide the Cowboys to three straight post-season bowl games, including wins in the 2017 Camping World Bowl and Alamo Bowl in 2016.

Prior to his time in Stillwater, Rebstock spent five seasons coaching defense in a variety of roles at Kansas State. These roles include assisting with the defensive ends as a student-assistant in 2010 and 2011, working with the Wildcat defensive backs as graduate assistant in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and co-director of recruiting for the Wildcats.

“Remington [Rebstock] will bring great energy to our recruiting efforts and is already established himself in the coaching world as a very talented and very well-rounded coach,” Dimel said. “He’ll assist our program in many aspects will being a mentor to the players in our program.”

The coaching staff will be on the road recruiting from Jan. 12 – Feb. 3. National signing day is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 7.

It also announced on Wednesday that Dimel will introduce his first UTEP football recruiting class at the Miners’ 2018 Signing Day Luncheon on February 7 in the Larry K. Durham Center Hall of Champions.

Fans can come meet coach Dimel and his staff, while getting an exclusive first look at the future of the UTEP football program.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with the program to follow at noon. Tickets are on sale now.  A table of eight is $200, and individual tickets are just $25.  Lunch is included. Call (915) 747-6787 to RSVP by January 31.

Reservations will also be accepted by e-mail (  For more information, please visit

Twenty-Three UTEP Student-Athletes to Graduate on Saturday

Twenty-three past and present UTEP student-athletes will walk across the graduation stage on Saturday and receive their diplomas from the university.

The list includes 11 representatives from the football program, four from men’s track & field, three from women’s track & field, two from softball, and one apiece from men’s basketball, soccer and tennis.

Graduating this weekend will be All-Americans Samantha Hall (track & field) and Will Hernandez (football).

Seventeen graduates hail from the United States, while two come from Jamaica, one from American Samoa, one from Australia, one from Kenya and one from Nigeria.

Ten of the graduates (Adebola Akomolafe, Christian Buckingham, David Jackson, Johnny Jones, Alan Luna, Ademiju Oyebanjo-Odofin, Orion Prescott, Israel Ramsay, Matilda Tench, Trey Touchet) earned placement on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Roll during their careers for posting grade point averages of 3.0 or better.

Touchet was a three-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal for achieving a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Adebola Akomolafe (Women’s Track & Field)

Part of the team that won the first indoor and outdoor conference championship in school history … helped the Miners to three consecutive indoor conference titles … registered the eighth-best mark in program history in the hammer throw with 52.22m (171-04) … captain of the women’s team for two seasons … finished her college career with bests of 46.13m (151-4) in the discus, 17.66m (47-11.25) in the weight throw and 52.22m (171-04) in the hammer throw … earned a spot on the 2017 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Biological Sciences major.


James Bias (Men’s Track & Field)

Part of the team that won the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Championship … ran the anchor leg on the 4x400m relay that took second at the 2014 C-USA Indoor  Championships … part of the 4x400m relay that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships, clocking in with a time of 3:03.15 which ranks second in school history … finished his career with personal bests in the 60 (6.87), 100 (10.51), 200 (21.06) and the 400m (47.24) … two-year team captain … Computer Science major.


Christian Buckingham (Football)

The transfer from El Paso Community College played for the Orange and Blue during the 2017 campaign … defensive lineman saw action in the first four games before suffering a season-ending injury … notched four tackles and one quarterback hurry … member of the 2017 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll …Biology major.


Kristopher Christian (Football)

Member of the Miner football team for three seasons … saw action in eight games during the 2015 season … recorded a tackle on special teams versus UTSA …Criminal Justice major.


Devin Cockrell (Football)

Played and started in 47 games for the Miners … tallied 247 tackles during his career … also totaled 15.5 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries, three sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery … led all UTEP defensive backs in tackles during the 2016 and 2017 seasons … was named the 2016 Top Gun Player of the Year, awarded to the best special teams performer … as a true freshman, led the team in tackles with 76 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Zack Greenlee (Football)

Played two seasons for the Miners after transferring from Fresno State … saw action in 17 games, making 11 starts at quarterback … threw for a total of 1,513 yards on 124-of-254 passing with nine touchdowns … during senior campaign, rushed for 114 yards and a pair of scores … threw for over 100 yards in eight contests … opened his UTEP career by throwing for three touchdowns on 15-of-27 passing, with 229 yards and no interceptions during a start and victory over rival NM State … Leadership Studies major.


Miranda Gutierrez (Softball)

Played in 22 games for the Miners … made six starts during her senior season … scored five runs … went 2-for-2 and scored a run during game one against Florida Atlantic … drew a walk and crossed the dish during UTEP’s victory over FAU … scored three runs and connected on three hits against the Owls on Senior Weekend … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Samantha Hall (Women’s Track & Field)

Part of the team that won the first indoor and outdoor conference championship in school history … helped the Miners to three consecutive indoor conference titles … competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2015 and 2017 … won the discus throw at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in 2015 and 2017 … set a school record in the discus throw in 2015 with a mark of 58.50m (191-11) … completed her college career with bests of 14.90m (48-10.5) in the shot put and 34.38m (112-9.5) in the javelin … earned All-C-USA First Team honors for the 2015 season … garnered second team All-American accolades during her final season … Economics major.


Will Hernandez (Football)

Started at left guard in every game played (49) since his freshman season in 2014 …

the first Miner offensive lineman to receive Associated Press, CBS Sports and FOX Sports All-American honors … two-time Pro Football Focus First Team All-American … also the first UTEP offensive lineman since 2009 to earn All-Conference USA first team recognition … one of 11 Miners ever to be invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl … appointed the 2016 Pro Football Focus Pass Protector of the Year … named to the 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List … Kinesiology major.


David Jackson (Football)

Member of the Miner football team for three seasons … saw action in 10 games on special teams in 2016 … played in the Miners’ last home game versus LA Tech in 2017 … listed on the 2016 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll …Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Johnny Jones (Football)

Played in 22 games for UTEP … saw action on defense and special teams … notched a total of 26 tackles, three tackles for loss and one forced fumble … during junior campaign recorded a season-high four stops against Army … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Evans Kiprono (Men’s Track & Field)

Competed in both cross country and track and field for UTEP … part of the team that won the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Championship … helped the Miners capture back-to-back conference cross country titles (2015, 2016) … garnered All- Conference USA third team honors in the 10,000m in 2014 … notched an All-C-USA second team honor in the 10,000m in 2015 … finished his career running a personal best 10,000m time of 31:09.16 … helped the Miners finish 11th in the nation at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships … Biological Sciences major.


Alan Luna (Football)

The former walk-on played in 36 games for the Miners … finished collegiate career ranked third on the program’s all-time list for career punts (206) and punt yards (8,910) … 79 punts in 2017 rank tied for fifth on the program’s single-season list, while his 3,483 yards rank fifth on the school’s single-season list … a two-time member of the Ray Guy Award Watch List … during senior season ranked second in Conference USA and fifth in the FBS in punt yards (3,483) … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … International Business major.


Brian Madunezim (Football)

Was a two-year football letterwinner, seeing action in 20 games … notched a total of

36 tackles, four quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one tackle for loss and two

assisted sacks … during the 2016 season played in all 12 games, making six starts

and totaling a career-best 32 tackles … registered a career-high eight tackles against

Army … Computer Science major.


Tommy McCoy (Men’s Track & Field)

Captain of the track and field squad for two seasons (2015, 2016) … helped the men

finish second at the 2014 and 2015 C-USA Outdoor Championships … registered six

top-10 finishes during the 2015 outdoor season … finished his college career with

bests of 53.38 in the 400m hurdles and 51.14 in the 400m … History major.


Ademiju Oyebanjo-Odofin (Men’s Track & Field)

Notched 11 top-10 finishes in the 400m hurdles in his career at UTEP … helped the

Miners to a second place finish at the 2015 C-USA Outdoor Championships … clocked

in with a personal-best time in the 400m hurdles at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge

during his final season, with an effort of 55.39 seconds … finished his career with

personal bests in the 200m (22.71), 400m (51.03) and the 600m (1:26.08) … three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Construction Management major.


Kiki Pepi (Softball)

Played in 155 games, making 153 starts in three seasons with the Miners … became

the seventh Miner to reach the 100-RBI mark with 103 … ranks second on the

program’s all-time list with 331 career assists … 134 assists in 2016 set a school

record, while her nine assists at FIU in 2016 is a single-game standard … led the

Miners in RBI her last two seasons … Organizational & Corporate Communication



Orion Prescott (Football)

Saw action in all 12 games during the 2016 season … rushed for 14 yards on three

carries … ran for 11 yards on two attempts with a long rush of 10 yards during a

victory over Houston Baptist … tallied a three-yard run during a season-finale win

versus North Texas … two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic

Honor Roll … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Israel Ramsay (Women’s Track)

Part of the team that won the first indoor and outdoor conference championship in

school history … helped the Miners to three consecutive indoor conference titles …

team captain for two seasons … competed at the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary

Round in the high jump, long jump and 4x100m relay … competed at the 2017 NCAA

West Preliminary Round in the 4x100m relay … part of the C-USA champion

4x100m relay teams in 2015 and 2017 … finished her college career with bests of

1.76m (5-9.25) in the high jump and 5.95m (19-6.25) in the long jump … earned a

spot on the 2017 C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Multimedia

Journalism major.


Matilda Tench (Tennis)

Appeared in 111 singles and 103 doubles matches for the Miners, tallying 94 wins …

ranks sixth in UTEP’s all-time record book for career singles wins with 46 … had a

career-high 14 singles wins and 15 doubles victories during the 2014-15 season …

two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll …

Kinesiology major.


Bri Thomas (Soccer)

Evolved into one of the top scoring threats in Conference USA while starring for her

hometown Miners … a three-year starter who was used as a defender, midfielder

and forward, she recorded 13 goals and eight assists for 34 points in more than

4,500 minutes of playing time … saved her best for last with eight goals and four

assists for a 20-point senior season in 2016 … Multidisciplinary Studies major.


Trey Touchet (Men’s Basketball)

Has appeared in 69 games for the Miners, making five starts … has collected 224

points, 84 rebounds, 66 assists and 23 steals … scored in double figures five times

during his sophomore season (2016-17) … three-time recipient of a Conference USA

Commissioner’s Academic Medal … three-time member of the C-USA

Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … on a Presidential Scholarship at UTEP …

Kinesiology major.


Augie Touris (Football)

Played for the Miners for three seasons as a blocking tight end … saw action in 16

games, making five starts … played in all 12 games during the 2017 season, seeing

the field on offense and special teams … recorded his first career catch, a five-yard

snag during the first quarter against WKU … Creative Writing major.

Hernandez Earns Spot on CBS Sports All-America Team

Left guard Will Hernandez continues to receive post-season recognition earning a spot on the 2017 CBS Sports All-America second team on Tuesday.

This is Hernandez’s fourth honor; he previously was named to the AP All-America second team, Conference USA first team and Pro Football Focus All-American first team.

The senior is the only C-USA student-athlete to earn a spot on the CBS Sports All-America team.

The All-American started in all 49 games played during his career at the left guard position. Hernandez also just accepted his invitation to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl on January 27 at 1:30 pm CT in Mobile, Al.

Hernandez protected the blindside allowing zero sacks against WKU and UTSA and only allowed one sack at no. 7 Oklahoma and at C-USA West Division Champions North Texas.

UTEP’s Hernandez Named to AP All-America Team

Senior Will Hernandez was named to the AP All-America second team for the second consecutive year on Monday.

The left guard is the first UTEP student-athlete to receive back-to-back AP All-America honors. The Las Vegas, Nev., native is one of six Miners to earn AP All-America honors (Ed Bunn ‘92, first team, Baron Wortham ‘93, second team, Brian Natkin ‘00, first team, Johnnie Lee Higgins ‘06, second team, Aaron Jones ‘16, third team).

Hernandez is also one of two Conference USA student-athletes to be named to the AP All-America teams (Devin Singletary, FAU).

The captain previously was named to the 2017 Pro Football Focus All-American first team and All-C-USA first team. The All-American started in all 49 games played during his career at the left guard position. Hernandez also just accepted his invitation to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Hernandez protected the blindside allowing zero sacks against WKU and UTSA and only allowed one sack at no. 7 Oklahoma and at C-USA West Division Champions North Texas.

UTEP Names Dana Dimel Head Football Coach

Dana Dimel was named the 26th head coach in UTEP football history by University President Diana Natalicio and Director of Athletics Jim Senter on Wednesday.

Dimel, 55, was previously the head coach at the University of Wyoming and the University of Houston.  He most recently served as the offensive coordinator, running backs coach and tight ends coach at his alma mater, Kansas State University, where he has worked since 2009.  He also spent three seasons on the staff at the University of Arizona.

UTEP and Coach Dimel are working on a mutually agreeable start date following completion of his coaching responsibilities with Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 26 in Phoenix.

 “We welcome coach Dimel, his wife Julie, son Winston and daughter Josey to El Paso,” UTEP President Diana Natalicio said.  “We look forward to an exciting new era of UTEP Football under his leadership.  His prior experience as a head coach at Wyoming and Houston and as offensive coordinator in the turnaround at Kansas State make him a great fit for UTEP and the El Paso community at this time.”

“We are very pleased to find a coach with the talent, expertise and experience of Dana Dimel,” UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.  “He has strong ties to the state of Texas.  He will immediately impact recruiting in the state of Texas and he is a proven winner.”

“I’m greatly looking forward to the opportunity at UTEP to build a program utilizing a ‘1-0’ concept,” Dimel said.  “I would like to thank President Natalicio and Jim Senter for the opportunity.  We will work diligently to elevate UTEP football to the highest level in Conference USA.  Having been a part of a major turnaround at Kansas State and having the success we did at Wyoming, I’m just really excited about the leadership challenge that’s ahead.”

Dimel is completing his third tour of duty with the Wildcats, including a year (2005) continuing work on his graduate degree.  Working under legendary coach Bill Snyder, he has been a part of 12 bowl teams during 19 seasons in Manhattan.  

The Wildcats have posted an 11-win season (2012), two 10-win campaigns (1995, 2011) and five nine-win seasons (1993, 1994, 1996, 2014, 2016) during that span, and have finished in the top-18 of the national poll on three occasions (2011, 2012, 2014).  They won the Big 12 championship in 2012.

Dimel has the most wins of any active offensive coordinator in college football since 2011 (60), and has been a part of eight straight bowl appearances including in 2017. The 2016 Wildcats defeated Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor and TCU.  With Dimel calling the plays over the last seven seasons, the Wildcats have averaged 33.4 points per game and 6.2 yards per play. 

They have ranked third nationally in fewest turnovers per game behind LSU and Alabama over the last seven years.   

During Dimel’s tenure as offensive coordinator, Kansas State has routinely ranked among the nation’s best teams in red zone and third down efficiency.

In 2014, Kansas State led the nation in scoring efficiency (scoring drives/total drives) while shattering the school record for passing yards (3,736) and completion percentage (65.3).

Dimel’s play calling helped wide receiver Tyler Lockett leave K-State with the school’s career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdown records, while quarterback Jake Waters broke the school marks for single-season passing yards (3,501) and total offensive yards (3,985).

In 2012 Dimel coached Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, who passed for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 920 yards and 23 scores.

In 2011, Dimel led a rushing offense that saw Klein set a new Big 12 record and NCAA record by a quarterback with 27 rushing touchdowns while rushing for 1,000+ yards.

Dimel started his career at K-State as a graduate assistant from 1987-88 prior to being elevated to offensive line coach in 1989.  He took over as offensive coordinator in 1995.  Overall Dimel spent 10 seasons in Manhattan (1987-96) prior to accepting the head coaching position at Wyoming.  At the time of his hire, he was the youngest Division I-A head coach in the nation at the age of 34.

Wyoming’s three seasons at Wyoming (1997-99) produced a record of 22-13, with one eight-win season (1998, 8-3) and two seven-win campaigns (1997, 7-6 and 1999, 7-4).  In 1998, Wyoming was 6-2 in the WAC’s Mountain Division (second place).  Dimel coached three Academic All-Americans at Wyoming.

Dimel spent 2000-02 as the head coach at Houston.  Spearheading a major rebuilding effort, he led the Cougars to five wins in 2002 following a 0-11 campaign in 2001.  In Dimel’s final game with the Cougars, Houston upset conference champion Louisville.  Dimel brought in the top-ranked recruiting class in Conference USA in both 2001 and 2002.

He continued work on his graduate degree at Kansas State in 2005 prior to taking over as Arizona’s tight ends coach and, eventually, run game coordinator from 2006-08.  In 2008, he added running backs to his list of responsibilities as he was promoted to Associate Head Coach with the Wildcats.

The 2008 Arizona squad finished 8-5 while posting a bowl victory (Las Vegas Bowl) for the first time in 10 years.  Among Dimel’s protégés at Arizona was Rob Gronkowski, who has emerged as one of the top tight ends in NFL history with the New England Patriots.

During his initial tenure at K-State, Dimel coordinated an offense that established school records for touchdowns, points and yards in 1995. He mentored 11 offensive linemen who went on to sign NFL contracts over those 10 years, as well as three All-Americans.

During his career as a head or assistant coach, Dimel has coached 37 players who have gone on to play in the NFL.

Dimel was a two-year letterman as an offensive lineman at Kansas State.  He was a member of the Wildcats’ All-Decade Team for the 1980’s.  He signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings and attended training camp in 1987.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Kansas State in 1986.

Dimel and his wife, Julie, have a son, Winston and a daughter, Josey.  His son is a junior fullback on the Kansas State football team who has scored 25 touchdowns over the last three seasons.  He is a three-time All-Big 12 player, garnering first team honors in 2015 and 2016.

Gallery+Story: UTEP’s Offense Comes to Life, but LA Tech Comes Out on Top 42-21

UTEP gained over 400 yards of total offense, true freshman running back Joshua Fields rushed for a career-high 137 yards with a touchdown and senior linebacker Alvin Jones racked up 15 more tackles to add to his career total, but LA Tech used a 28-0 first half to get past UTEP, 42-21, on ‘Senior Day Saturday’ in the Sun Bowl.

 The Miners (0-11, 0-7 Conference USA) outscored the Bulldogs (5-6, 3-4 C-USA), 21-14 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as LA Tech’s Jaqwis Dancy and Boston Scott each hit over 130 yards rushing in the contest.

Fields, a native of El Paso and a graduate of Americas High School, rushed for 97-yards in the first half on his way to his first 100-yard game in his young career.

The Miners registered a season-high 424 yards of total offense – while hitting over 300 for the first time in 2017 and most since 555 yards of total offense against North Texas during the 2016 season finale. UTEP tallied a season-high 19 first downs and threw for a season-best 261 yards on 12 completions.

With the score 28-0 in third quarter, Fields got the Miners on the board when he found the end zone on an 11-yard rush with just over five minutes left in the third quarter. On the drive, junior Ryan Metz hooked up with Andress High School teammate sophomore Eddie Sinegal on passes of 18, 13 and seven yards. Another key play was a LA Tech offsides penalty on a fourth-and-3 that kept the drive going.

“I think Ryan [Metz] and [Eddie] Sinegal had a real good flow going with the play selection and knew what they were trying to do against us defensively and called the plays accordingly,” interim head coach Mike Price said. “We were able to run the football and that was really good to see. Then we executed and made some spectacular catches and runs with the ball, that was fun to see. I think that was the only difference. I don’t think our offense played a heck of a lot better in the second half than the first half, but we scored. We were able to run the ball in the first half and making those really spectacular catches and stuff. They guy competed the whole game, sixty minutes, which I mean, come on fellas we haven’t won a game all year.  I don’t know if you guys have ever been in sports on a team or anything like that that’s gone through that, I haven’t. It’s real difficult to stick in there and stay in there and so I’m proud of the players for that. They stuck in there and they made a game of it in the second half and it could have been worse.”

The touchdown was his second of Field’s young career and the first second-half offensive touchdown since Mark Torrez went six yards for a score during the third quarter against Arizona on Sept. 15.

With just over a minute left in the third, senior Tyler Batson made the score 28-14 after a catch-and-run down the sideline that went for a career-long 83 yards from Metz, who also got credit for a career-long pass completion. The drive went 87 yards on only three plays.

LA Tech answered though when it drove 75 yards on 13 plays that ended with a J’Mar Smith to Teddy Veal nine-yard touchdown toss that made the score 35-14.

In the back-and-forth second half, the Miners made it another 14-point game when Metz threw his second score of the contest – a 33-yard pass to junior Kavika Johnson. Metz, on the play, was about to get sack, but rolled out of it to his right and found Johnson on the catch-and-run, while breaking a pair tackles in the process on his way to pay dirt with just over nine minutes remaining in the contest. 

But LA Tech chewed up over six minutes of the clock on a 69-yard scoring drive on 11 plays that resulted with a Smith nine-yard scoring dash to make the score 42-21 and out of reach for the Miners.

The Bulldogs’ Amik Robertson intercepted a Metz pass with just over two minutes remaining in the game that sealed the win.

Back to the first half, the UTEP defense got the crowd of 16,597 excited as it opened the first quarter with two fumble recoveries on the Bulldogs’ first two possessions. Junior Kahani Smith recovered the first after senior Lawrence Montegut forced the fumble from Rhashid Bonnette. The second recovery came from senior Dante Lovilotte when sophomore Justin Rogers forced the ball out of Kam McKnight’s hands.

 The Miners, however, couldn’t capitalize on the forced fumbles.

“It was 28-0 at the half, and that happened so fast,” Price said. “We were in that game at seven-zip there and all of a sudden three touchdowns in six minutes, bang, bang, bang, an interception and being down twenty-eight to nothing was a difficult situation for our players. We had three scoring opportunities; three drives in the first half. We missed a fumble, we missed a field goal then we got stopped on downs. We were down there, where we moved the ball in a situation where we had a chance to get at lease a couple of touchdowns, which would have made it a little bit different. I don’t know if it would have changed what they [LA Tech] did in those six minutes, but it certainty would have put us a lot closer, fourteen to twenty-one at that point. Even in the third quarter I felt like, ‘Hey, maybe the defense will get a pick and run one in’ but they did a good job of really running the football in the fourth quarter and really kind of took us out of the game.”

LA Tech, after forcing a three-and-out on UTEP’s second possession, went 80 yards on 12 plays, capped by a Scott 23-yard scoring pass from Smith. The Bulldogs converted three third downs on the drive to keep the ball moving.

Kickoff returner junior Terry Juniel put his squad in great position after returning the kickoff 53 yards (second longest of his career) to the LA Tech 44-yard line. The Miners had a chance to get on the board with their third possession, but three penalties and a missed 38-yard field goal attempt kept them scoreless. The original field goal attempt was going to be a 33-yard attempt by junior walk-on Jason Filley before a five-yard false start penalty by senior offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman moved the ball back.  

The Miners had another chance of getting on the board in the first half on their fourth possession. Senior Zack Greenlee had a ‘free play’ after a defensive offsides and found senior wide receiver Nesly Ovincy on a 41-yard reception – his first of the season – to the LA Tech 35-yard line. Fields followed with a 21-yard gain to the opponent 14-yard line, but then fumbled the ball on his ensuing possession.

LA Tech then took a 14-0 lead after recovering the fumble at its own 15 and responded with a five-play, 85-yard drive that resulted in a Jaqwis Dancy 54-yard touchdown with just over six minutes left in the first half.

UTEP’s first-half offensive woes continued on its fifth possession. After Fields gained 26 yards to the Bulldogs’ 36-yard line, Metz threw a pick-six to DaMarion King, who took it back 71 yards for a score and a 21-0 lead with just over three minutes left in the half.

After another UTEP three-and-out, the Bulldogs then took a 28-0 lead in the final two minutes of the first half on six-play, 72-yard scoring drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown rush with 30 seconds remaining in the half.

Batson led the way with 94 yards on a pair of receptions, while Sinegal led the squad with five receptions for a season-high 69 yards. Johnson hauled in a pair of passes for 48 yards.

Metz, who replaced the starter Greenlee, threw for a season-high 202 yards on 9-of-17 passing and two touchdowns. Greenlee completed three passes for 59 yards.

Jones, along with his 15 stops, added half a sack with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Lovilotte registered eight tackles, while Smith and senior Devin Cockrell recorded seven tackles each. Senior Sky Logan was credited with half a sack and sophomore Kalaii Griffin registered his first career sack.

“We made some really great individual plays in this game and showed some explosiveness for the first time since I’ve been here so that was good. There’s no give-up on this team. Nobody gave up, I didn’t see anybody give-up, really moping.” Price said. “We just made some stupid mistakes, too many penalties and too many errors. I said the team that makes the least amount of mistakes wins the game and we certainty had our share of mistakes, penalties, interceptions, and then not capitalizing in the first half in the red zone when we had the opportunity to.”

The Bulldogs rushed for 343 yards and three scores led by Dancy’s 135 yards. Veal led the way in receptions (six) and yards (66), while Scott added a receiving score. Smith threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Dae’Von Washington led the LA Tech defense with eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

UTEP will conclude the 2017 campaign when it travels to Birmingham, Ala., to take on UAB. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. MT/Noon CT at Legion Field.

The Miners and Blazers will meet for the first time in since 2010. UAB leads the all-time series 3-1.

Photos by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post

UTEP Football’s Hernandez Invited to 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl

MOBILE, Al. – UTEP senior left guard Will Hernandez was recently invited to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 27, 2018 in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. MT in Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The contest will be televised on NFL Network.

Hernandez is the first Miner to receive an invite since the 2008 Senior Bowl. The Las Vegas, Nevada, native has started at left guard in every game played (47 games) since his freshman season in 2014.

Since Hernandez made his first start on Aug. 20, 2014 at New Mexico, UTEP has boasted one of the better offensive lines in, not only Conference USA, but the nation.

The Miners ranked tied for eighth in FBS following the 2014 season, allowing only 13 sacks in 13 games. In 2015, the Miners moved up a few spots, ranking tied for sixth (12 sacks allowed in 12 games). Last season, UTEP ranked tied for third in C-USA (22 sacks allowed).

Hernandez was also instrumental in paving the way for current Green Bay Packers’ rookie running back Aaron Jones to become UTEP’s all-time rushing leader. Jones capped his career with a 301-yard output against North Texas in last season’s finale, as Hernandez and company helped open up big holes.

Hernandez joins 10 other Miners who have played in the prestigious bowl game. The list includes LB Fred Carr (1968), WR Reggie Barrett (1991), LB Keith Powe (1991), RB Toraino Singleton (1996), TE Brian Natkin (2001), LB Thomas Howard (2006), QB Jordan Palmer (2007), WR Johnnie Lee Higgins Jr. (2007), OL Oniel Cousins (2008) and DB Quintin Demps (2008).

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North Texas Pulls Away in Second Half, Tops UTEP 45-10

DENTON, Texas – North Texas quarterback Mason Fine threw four scores, Jeffery Wilson rushed for 144 yards with a touchdown and North Texas (7-3, 6-1 Conference USA) took care of UTEP (0-10, 0-6 C-USA), 45-10, on a chilly Saturday night at Apogee Stadium.

The Miners’ offense struggled again, gaining 231 yards and 15 first downs to the Mean Green’s 472 yards of total offense and 27 first downs.

But after the Miners battled in the first half, finding themselves down 14-7, the Mean Green outscored their opponent 31-3 in the second half.

“I thought we, particularly on defense, played really well in the first half,” interim UTEP head coach Mike Price said. “But again, we couldn’t get anything going on offense. We still had a chance at halftime, but we aren’t a very good second half football team.”

The contest started positive as the Miners took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter when senior Alvin Jones forced his third fumble of the season. Junior Kahani Smith scooped up the loose ball and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to quiet the raucous crowd of 26,108. It was Smith’s second touchdown of the season and the third overall for the UTEP defense in 2017.

The Mean Green, however, answered as Fine and Jaelon Darden gave the Mean Green a 14-7 lead. The first score came with 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Fine tied the contest on a 13-yard pass to Darden. After a tight second quarter, UTEP was called for a passing interference that put the ball at the two-yard line. Fine hooked up with Darden for a second time on a short toss with just over two minutes remaining the in the first half.

The UTEP defense got off to a sluggish start in the second half as North Texas opened the half with a 75-yard scoring drive on eight plays that resulted in a Wilson one-yard touchdown to make the score 21-7.

The Miners helped the Mean Green with 31 penalty yards on the drive. The first penalty came on a facemask after Wilson gained 10 yards on the first play of the drive. Two plays later, the Miners were called for a roughing the passer that moved the ball to the UTEP 31-yard line. Prior to Wilson’s score, a passing interference was called in the end zone to set up the short run.

“We started out the third quarter on defense and got three penalties and gave up 75 yards,” Price said. “The defense wore down in the second half and we didn’t make any plays on special teams. It was a tough loss to a good team.”

The offense showed signs of light after UTEP scored on its first possession of the second half. Zack Greenlee, on a first-and-10 from the UTEP 39, threw up a jump ball as he was being rushed only for Warren Redix to come down with it against a pair of defenders for a gain of 34 yards to the North Texas 27-yard line.

Following an incomplete pass, Greenlee used a career-long 15-yard dash to get to the 12-yard line after almost being sacked. But the Miners could only muster up three more yards and settled for a Jason Filley 27-yard made field goal attempt (21-10).

With the score 28-10 after a Rico Bussey 60-yard touchdown pass from Fine, the Mean Green put the game away to begin the fourth quarter after Fine completed his fourth touchdown pass, this time to Jalen Guyton on a two-yard toss, giving North Texas a 35-10 lead.

Smith had a nice game as he registered a career-best nine tackles to go along with his touchdown.

“Smith has played well the whole year,” Price said. “He made some big plays for us.”

Senior Devin Cockrell recorded eight tackles, while Julian Jackson and Jones had seven stops each.

Eddie Sinegal, who entered the game with five catches, led the Miners with six receptions for 38 yards. Terry Juniel tallied four receptions for 38 yards.

Fine was effective as the sophomore finished 23-of-35 passing for 213 yards (154.5 rating) and Wilson racked up another 58 yards on seven receptions to go with his 144 rushing yards. Bussey led the Mean Green with 65 yards on three catches.

UTEP will host LA Tech on ‘Senior Day’ to close out the home portion of its schedule. The Nov. 18 kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in the Sun Bowl, as 22 seniors will play their final contest in the Sun Bowl.

The Miners will close out the 2017 season at UAB on Nov. 25.