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UTEP Practice Report: Thursday, Aug. 8 – Miners Enjoy Relaxed Day on the Links

RUIDOSO, N.M. – After a brief walk-through on Thursday morning, the UTEP Miners enjoyed the rest of the afternoon away from the gridiron on the team’s fourth full day at the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Resort in Ruidoso.

The Miners headed out to the practice fields first thing on Thursday morning for a light walk-through, but were able to have a laid-back afternoon with the players being given the option between hitting the links to do some golfing or head to the local movie theater.

The majority of the week has been filled with physical training sessions and team meetings, but many of the Miners traded in pads for golf clubs on Thursday. The long drive and putting competitions highlighted the afternoon on the golf course with players trying their hand at golf.

The Miners return to the practice fields at 9 a.m. on Friday at the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Resort in Ruidoso, New Mexico. UTEP will practice in Ruidoso for the remainder of the week before heading back to campus on Sunday.

The 2019 season begins with the Miners playing hosts to Houston Baptist on Saturday, Aug. 31 in the Sun Bowl. Kickoff for the season-opener is set for 6 p.m. MT.

UTEP Football Season Tickets are on sale now and prices have been reduced at all levels from the 2018 season. The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 (next to the Don Haskins Center). Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling (915) 747-6150.

For complete coverage of UTEP Football, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPFB (Twitter/Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP Practice Report: Tuesday, Aug. 7- Homegrown Products Look to Make a Difference

RUIDOSO, N.M. – Sunny skies returned to the practice fields on Wednesday as the UTEP Miners grinded out another two-hour practice at the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Resort in Ruidoso.

A significant storyline in this year’s fall camp is the homegrown talent displayed on UTEP’s roster. A total of 23 players on the 2019 UTEP Football roster are considered El Pasoans, hailing from local high schools and looking to make a major impact this upcoming season for the Miners.

One of those local products is redshirt junior Greg Long, who was a standout lineman at Eastwood High School during his prep days before joining the Miners in 2016. Long is gearing up to make his long-awaited return to the offensive line after missing the majority of the last two seasons due to injuries.

“The offense is really working to establish our identity,” Long said of his team’s progress through fall camp. “It is a lot of fun being out here with my team playing for UTEP and I am really excited for the season. Being a hometown hero for my town and playing for UTEP means a lot, especially after what happened last week. I am proud to be a Miner, proud to be an El Pasoan and proud to be El Paso Strong.”

Another offensive lineman found right in UTEP’s backyard is redshirt sophomore guard Bobby DeHaro, who earned All-Conference USA Honorable Mention accolades in 2018 after starting every game for the Miners a season ago. The El Paso native hails from Montwood High School and looks to continue to be a mainstay on the Miner offensive line in 2019.

“This is my third camp and I am just trying to perfect my craft,” DeHaro noted. “Coach (Dana) Dimel and Coach (Mike) Simmonds have a really good system going on here. It’s about being mentally tough and getting through the camp grind. With what happened last week, I want to give my condolences to the families. These are tough times, but we are working hard. We are aware of what is happening with everything going on back home right now. We want to do everything we can for the town of El Paso and be El Paso Strong.”

In addition to the El Paso natives on the offensive line, another local standout looking to make a name for himself in a Miner uniform is freshman running back Deion Hankins. Hankins graduated from Parkland High School in El Paso and joins the Miners fresh off a stellar prep career where he set city records for rushing yards and touchdowns during his high school days.

“I am still getting used to the experience and trying to get the plays down,” Hankins said following the team’s third practice in Ruidoso. “I am just trying to be myself and more comfortable in my running style. Once I get the plays down, I will be good. I am just trying to execute better. Coach (Reggie) Mitchell is really concerned about every little detail, so I am just trying to get the small things down and put everything together for this season.”

The Miners return to the practice fields at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday for a one-hour walk-through at the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Resort in Ruidoso, New Mexico. UTEP will practice in Ruidoso for the remainder of the week before heading back to campus on Sunday.

The 2019 season begins with the Miners playing hosts to Houston Baptist on Saturday, Aug. 31 in the Sun Bowl. Kickoff for the season-opener is set for 6 p.m. MT.

UTEP Football Season Tickets are on sale now and prices have been reduced at all levels from the 2018 season. The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 (next to the Don Haskins Center). Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online, or by calling (915) 747-6150.

For complete coverage of UTEP Football, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPFB (Twitter/Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP Practice Report: Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Defense looks to replace key losses in 2019

RUIDOSO, N.M. – The Miners overcame rainy weather conditions and underwent a physical two-hour practice on the second full day of the team’s stay at the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Resort in Ruidoso.

A point of emphasis for UTEP this fall is replacing seven starters on the defensive side of the ball, a tall task for second-year defensive coordinator Mike Cox, who enters the 2019 season looking to fill the void after losing his top four tacklers from a season ago.

Through the first few days of fall camp, Cox is optimistic about where his unit his headed and the goals for the upcoming season.

“We have to create more turnovers,” Cox said. “That is the biggest thing we talked about in the offseason. We have to create more turnovers and be more disruptive. There are some key pieces we are replacing at the safety position. We obviously lost some guys at the corner position. We lost two good players there from last year, but I like the effort and where we are at with guys like Robert Corner, Josh Caldwell and Duron Lowe. Those guys had a good day today, so they will continue to improve. We lost linebacker A.J. Hotchkins from a year ago, but I think Jayson VanHook is doing a very good job and I look for us to not skip a beat there.”

Despite losing some key guys, the 2019 Miners will turn to a handful of pivotal playmakers, including seniors Denzel Chukwukelu (DL), Chris Richardson (DL) and Justin Rogers (DB), who Cox said has taken on a more commanding role on defense this year.
“He has great leadership,” Cox said of his impressions of Rogers early on this fall.

“He has stepped it up a notch and we need it from him. We need all the leaders to take an interest like he has. It is helping the other guys. He holds those guys accountable. It is special when it comes from a leader and not just from a coach.”

Although there will be a few familiar names and faces returning on defense this season, the UTEP defense will feature plenty of newcomers after the team lost a significant amount of production from the 2018 squad.

“We are very impressed with all of our newcomers like the new junior college guys like Corner and Lowe,” Cox noted. “At safety, we have Ty’reke James, who is doing a nice job. The new guys on defense like Jalen Rudolph, McKel Broussard and Jerome Wilson – all those young guys are doing a nice job and they are going to be good players for us. We are excited about the future and to know where they are going to fit in right now. We will have to see how fall camp plays out.”

The Miners return to the practice fields at 9:35 a.m. on Wednesday at the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Resort in Ruidoso, New Mexico. UTEP will practice in Ruidoso for the remainder of the week before heading back to campus on Sunday.

UTEP Football Season Tickets are on sale now and prices have been reduced at all levels from the 2018 season. The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 (next to the Don Haskins Center).

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online, or by calling (915) 747-6150.

For complete coverage of UTEP Football, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPFB (Twitter/Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

Video+Story: UTEP Practice Report: Monday, Aug. 5 – QB Room Starts to Take Shape

RUIDOSO, N.M. – The UTEP Miners spent two hours on the practice field outside the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Resort on Monday morning in what kicked off a week-long experience for head coach Dana Dimel and his football team in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

What has been evident in the first few days of fall camp is the leadership coming from one particular position for the Miners – quarterback.

For the first time in quite a while, senior quarterback Brandon Jones enters the 2019 campaign as somewhat of a seasoned veteran and has taken the reins on the offense as evident by the first few practices of fall camp.

“I’m just trying to get ready for Week 1 and taking it one day at a time getting better,” Jones said. “My job is to lead this offense and the whole team. I have kind of been thrust into that role and I love it. I am running with it. It is about becoming a leader for the whole team, not just the offense or among the quarterbacks, but the whole team.”

The road to El Paso was never cut and dry for Jones, who bounced around a good bit during his career before a solid redshirt sophomore season at Bakersfield College in his hometown set him up to become a Miner.

Entering the 2018 season, Jones was third on the depth chart for UTEP, but eventually saw action in six games for the Miners last season following a slew of injuries at the quarterback position.

“Coming out of high school, I didn’t have any offers, but I played pretty well,” Jones said of his journey to becoming a Miner. “I went to junior college, then to a four-year, then back to junior college before ending up here. It has been a three-, four-year process just to get here, but God has been faithful through it all. It has been hard at times, but at the end of the day, I made it here with my teammates and I love it. I don’t want to be anywhere else.”

Fast forward to fall camp ahead of the 2019 season and the Bakersfield product is now taking control of the Miner offense after a long journey, but Jones credits his work this past offseason that paid dividends for the upcoming campaign.

“My focus in the offseason was just being a better quarterback overall with making the right throws, making the right reads and getting my feet better,” he said. “It was a little bit of everything. You look at last season and we just have to be better all around, so I took that on myself and said I have to be better in every aspect.”

Thus far this fall, Jones is leading the charge for a quarterback room that is packed with a total of seven guys vying for one spot and competing day in and day out leading up to the Aug. 31 opener versus Houston Baptist in the Sun Bowl.

“If you don’t have guys competing every day, your team is not going to get any better,” Jones said. “We have guys here who are pushing me every day and we are pushing each other. I think that is how you get the most out of somebody is just pushing them to the limit and then push past that. That is what we are trying to do in the quarterback room to set the standard. We need to score more touchdowns. You score more points than the other team and you’ll win games. We need to execute more as a total offense. If we do that, we are going to be in good shape.”

The Miners return to the practice fields at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Resort in Ruidoso, New Mexico. UTEP will practice in Ruidoso for the next five mornings before heading back to campus on Sunday.

UTEP Football Season Tickets are on sale now and prices have been reduced at all levels from the 2018 season. The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 (next to the Don Haskins Center). Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling (915) 747-6150.

For complete coverage of UTEP Football, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPFB (Twitter/Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP Football single-game tickets on sale now

UTEP officials announced Monday afternoon that individual tickets to each of the Miners’ six 2019 football home games are on sale now.

“Kickoff is just 26 days away and we can’t wait to get the season started!” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.  “One of our top goals for 2019 is to re-establish our homefield advantage and it all starts on August 31st versus Houston Baptist.  We expect to put a much-improved product on the field, but filling up the stadium will go a long way towards reasserting our dominance in the Sun Bowl.  We have special pricing in effect for the Houston Baptist game and I invite all Miner fans to get back on board for the Orange Revival!”

Tickets are at the UTEP Ticket Center, located at 2901 North Mesa next to the Don Haskins Center and are also available at the UTEP Ticket Center East Side location, located at 1452 Zaragoza Suite A-1500.  Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling (915) 747-5234.

Special pricing is in effect for the Miners’ season opener against Houston Baptist on Aug. 31.  General admission seats are only $10 and all reserved seats are $15.

Group pricing is just $5 per ticket for groups of 15 or more for the Houston Baptist game.

For all other home games, ticket prices are $12 for general admission and start at $20 for reserved seating.  UTEP will host Nevada on Sept. 21, UTSA on Oct. 5, LA Tech on Oct. 26, Charlotte on Nov. 9 and Rice on Nov. 30.

Three-game mini packs are also available starting at $48.

Westside Ticket Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am-6 pm and Saturday, 8 am-4 pm.  Eastside Ticket Center hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am-6 pm and Saturday, 10 am-4 pm.  Hours are subject to change.

To purchase single-game tickets online, click here.

UTEP Season Tickets, starting at just $60, are available by visiting the UTEP Season Ticket Office (Brumbelow Building Room 109, next to the Haskins Center) or by calling (915) 747-6150.

2019 UTEP Football Home Schedule

Date                Opponent                    Time    Promotion(s)

Aug. 31            Houston Baptist          6pm     Orange Revival/Spirit Night/Extra Yard for Teachers

Sept. 21           Nevada                        6pm     Hall of Fame/Band Night/Youth Football Night

Oct. 5              UTSA*                         6pm     Homecoming

Oct. 26            LA Tech*                     6pm     Military Appreciation

Nov. 9              Charlotte*                   1pm     TBA

Nov. 30            Rice*                           1pm     Thanks Day/Senior Day

*Indicates Conference USA game

UTEP, San Jose State announce future football series

The UTEP football program will play a future home-and-home series with former Western Athletic Conference foe San Jose State beginning in 2026, it was announced by the two universities on Monday.

The Miners are scheduled to play the Spartans on the road on Sept. 26, 2026 in what will mark the team’s fifth visit to San Jose all-time and first since the 2004 campaign.

San Jose State will make the return trip to El Paso a year later to battle UTEP on Sept. 25, 2027 in the Sun Bowl.

The series history between UTEP and San Jose State dates back to 1966 when the Miners knocked off the Spartans, 35-0, in El Paso. Beginning in 1996, UTEP and San Jose State met every year for the next nine seasons as Western Athletic Conference members.

The all-time series between the Miners and Spartans is knotted at 5-5 with UTEP coming out on top, 38-20, in the most recent meeting in San Jose in 2004.

UTEP Football Season Tickets are on sale now and prices have been reduced at all levels from the 2018 season. The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 (next to the Don Haskins Center). Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling (915) 747-6150.

For complete coverage of UTEP Football, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPFB (Twitter/Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.

UTEP’s Wadley Sidelined for 2019 Season

UTEP senior running back Quardraiz Wadley will sit out the entire 2019 football season due to a toe injury, head coach Dana Dimel announced on Monday.

Wadley suffered the injury during summer conditioning and will require surgery, sidelining the Kennedale, Texas native for the entirety of the upcoming season.

“This is an unfortunate incident for our team and this young man during preparations for the 2019 season,” Dimel said. “Quardraiz will head to California this week to receive medical attention from one of the best doctors in the country. He will be out for this coming season, but he will have the opportunity to redshirt and come back for his senior season in 2020.”

Wadley led the Miners in 2018 with 627 rushing yards on 123 attempts and seven rushing touchdowns. Last week, Wadley was named a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s top running back.

Wadley has played in 26 games over the course of his Miner career, totaling 228 carries for 1,072 yards (4.7 ypc) and eight rushing touchdowns.

UTEP opens fall camp on Friday, August 2 as the Miners prepare for the 2019 season opener versus Houston Baptist on August 31 at the Sun Bowl.

UTEP’s Gatewood lands on Rimington Trophy watch list

For the second straight year, UTEP’s Derron Gatewood has been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation’s top center.

The 6-2, 300-pound Odessa, Texas native is making a comeback in 2019 after missing all of last season with a torn ACL and MCL. He has made a combined 22 starts for the Miners in the offensive line and became the full-time starting center during the 2017 season.

The center with the most first team votes on the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America All-America teams will be this year’s winner and will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 18, 2020.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I College Football. Since its inception, the 17-year old award has raised over $4.2 million for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only two-time winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman.

The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935.

Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the association.  For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit their website.

UTEP Football Coach Dana Dimel Q&A from C-USA Kickoff in Frisco + Training Camp Info

Ahead of the 2019 football season, Miners head coach Dana Dimel talked to the press Wednesday from the Conference USA Kickoff event in Frisco, Texas.

What are your thoughts with the start of practice right around the corner?

“We’re going into year two, and so there’s a lot of anticipation about getting our crew back together.  It’s a really fun time for our football team.  They have been working extremely hard all summer and have gotten themselves in great physical condition.  We’re just looking forward to having a few workouts at home before we head to Ruidoso.”

Your team dealt with a rash of injuries last season.  Do you plan to do anything differently this year, to reduce the number of injuries?

“We’re going to take an even different approach this year.  We touched base with the Dallas Cowboys and they did some really in-depth studies about how injuries occur really early in the camp, because guys aren’t used to working their football muscles.  And so we’re going to tweak our first few days [of practice].  We’re going to have a conditioning test when we come in on Friday [August 2nd).  Saturday’s practice will be about an hour, and then Monday’s and Tuesday’s practices will be about an hour with walkthroughs at the end.”

What are some of your top goals in the initial weeks of camp?

“Of course we want to establish our quarterback position right now, and get a good three-deep at the quarterback position.  That’s a dynamic spot for us right now.  Our depth in the defensive line is going to be very, very important for Sani Buckingham to come back, and for Christian Johnson and Josh Ortega to step up and provide us with some depth.  Those are guys that can help us, and we need them to do some good things.  And then replacing A.J. Hotchkins is a big step for us at the MIKE position.  Sione Tupou and Stephen Forester are battling for that spot.”

Which newcomers will you be watching most closely in camp?

“We had pretty much everybody come in during the spring, our JUCO guys in the secondary, and that’s going to be a big spot for us as well.  But Deion Hankins is going to be exciting.  He has had a good, good summer.  Being able to see what he can do is going to be really important for us.  Dyvonne Inyang is another safety that we just got in who is going to be starting for us on August 1st.  We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do.  But of course we’ve got all of those JC guys, we just want to see them keep getting better.”

What do you see as being the strengths of this football team?

“I like our team speed on defense.  I think our front three with Chris Richardson, Dedrick Simpson and Denzel Chukwukelu are going to be very good players.  And if our offensive line stays healthy, we have a lot of guys coming back who were hurt last year that are very good players.  Some of our young freshmen got to play last year and really developed.  We feel like we can be a very physical team up front.”

What are the areas you’re most concerned about entering camp?

“Depth at quarterback is definitely a big concern for us.  I talked about some of the depth in our defensive line, replacing an A.J. Hotchkins at the middle linebacker position, and just the overall play of our linebacker position is going to be very critical for us.”

You’ve been through rebuilding jobs before.  How do you approach year two?

“It’s always a very tricky year.  From year one to year two, the biggest thing you’ve got to be careful of is feeling like you’re going to be better just because you’re in year two.  And I’ll keep hitting on that throughout camp with our guys. You can’t just assume that you’re going to be better.  We’ve got to make sure that we take all the little things that we’ve been working on that are very important for us to have a good unit, and put all those into play and don’t take them for granted.”

What did you learn from last season, when you gave C-USA heavyweights like LA Tech, North Texas and UAB all that they could handle?

“I think we learned that we’re close.  If we do a better job of preparing, a better job of preparing to finish well and just make a few more plays, we can get ourselves in a good position.” 

How important to the rebuilding process is re-establishing a home field advantage in the Sun Bowl?

“We need to be a good home football team this year.  We’ve got to start establishing an ability to protect our own turf.  It’s going to be important for us to play well early and play with pride in the great Sun Bowl.” 

***Training Camp Info

The UTEP football team will report to campus as preparations for the 2019 season begin in earnest with the first practice of the fall on Friday, Aug. 2 at Glory Field.

“We’re going into year two, and so there’s a lot of anticipation about getting our crew back together,” UTEP coach Dana Dimel said.  “It’s a really fun time for our football team.  They have been working extremely hard all summer and have gotten themselves in great physical condition.  We’re just looking forward to having a few workouts at home before we head to Ruidoso.”

The Miners will work out from 3:20-4:20 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2.  It will mark the first of two practices in the Sun City before the Miners depart for Camp Ruidoso on Sunday, Aug. 4.

The second practice is slated for Saturday, Aug. 3, also at Glory Field, from 9:35-11:35 a.m.

The Miners will depart for Ruidoso on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 10:45 a.m., and hold their first workout in Ruidoso on Monday, Aug. 5 from 9:35-11:35 a.m.

 They’ll follow the morning practice routine in Ruidoso through Friday, Aug. 9.  On Saturday, Aug. 10, they will conduct their first scrimmage of the fall in Ruidoso from 10:30-12:30 p.m. 

The annual community barbecue is slated for Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4-6:30 p.m. in Ruidoso.  The team will return to El Paso on Sunday, Aug. 11.

While in Ruidoso, the team will stay at the MCM Elegante Lodge and Resort.

UTEP’s full camp schedule is listed below.  UTEP Football Season Tickets are on sale now and prices have been reduced at all levels from the 2018 season. 

The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 (next to the Don Haskins Center).  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling (915) 747-6150.

UTEP’s Quardraiz Wadley named preseason candidate for Doak Walker Award

UTEP senior Quardraiz Wadley was recognized as a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award on Wednesday. The Doak Walker Award, presented by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum, is annually presented to the nation’s top running back.

The 6-0, 205-pound Wadley posted collegiate bests with 627 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns last season. The native of Kennedale, Texas appeared in all 12 contests a year ago, making 10 starts, and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

Wadley has played in 26 games for the Miners, rushing 228 times for 1,072 yards (4.7 ypc) and eight touchdowns. He rushed for a career-high 156 yards at Army during the 2017 season.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced on November 20. The committee will cast a second vote beginning December 2 to determine the recipient.

The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2019 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12 on ESPN.

The award, which will name its 30th recipient in 2019, is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.

UTEP revises football game day fan, tailgating policies for 2019 season

Director of Athletics Jim Senter has announced UTEP’s 2019 football game day fan and tailgating policies, designed to produce a better overall experience for all Miner fans in and around the Sun Bowl this fall.

The entirety of the tailgating policy was reviewed by representatives from several campus entities, and aspects of the policy that could be deemed unenforceable and/or extreme were collaboratively evaluated and adjusted in order to be more consistent with current tailgating practices at other colleges and universities.

“We received extremely valuable feedback from an online survey distributed to season ticket holders and students, and our Fan Council also provided tremendous input throughout the evaluation process,” Senter said. “We found that some of the existing policies could be considered unreasonable, and could be modified without sacrificing the overall integrity of the game day experience and the safety of all patrons, which will always remain our top priority. We’re dedicated to providing an accessible, safe and fun experience for all Miner fans in 2019!”

Tailgating patrons will no longer be required to enter the stadium at the end of the first quarter. Tablets and cameras will now be allowed in the stadium.

RV parking, located in the SC1 lot on Schuster Avenue, will now be available at 8 a.m. the day prior to each home game. Previously, the lot opened at 5 p.m. the day before the game. RV season passes are $250 and are available by calling (915) 747-6150.

Accessibility of the Sun Bowl Stadium to UTEP students will be more convenient than ever before with the abolishment of the sports lottery system. Eligible UTEP students can gain entrance to the venue by having their Miner Gold card scanned at the gate on game day.

Prior to game day, student guest tickets can be purchased on the 1st floor of the Union Building East and the UTEP Ticket Center (2901 North Mesa Street). On game days, student guest tickets can be purchased at the UTEP Ticket Center, the UTEP Ticket Center Eastside Location (1452 North Zaragoza Suite A-500), or the Sun Bowl Box Office.

Inner campus tailgating will now begin at noon on game day, with start times for the Miners’ first four home games being pushed back from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and out of respect for students attending Saturday morning classes.

Outer campus tailgating will continue to commence at 8 a.m. on game day. Centennial Plaza will be available for picnic-style, soft tailgating (i.e. blankets only) at noon on game day. Tents, grills, tables/chairs or organized sports/activities are not allowed in Centennial Plaza.

Wheelchair/ADA seating and parking have been adjusted temporarily for the 2019 season due to the ongoing stadium renovations. Wheelchair/ADA seating is available in sections 3, 5 and 7 on the concourse level of the west side of the stadium. These sections may only be accessed through the north or south stadium entrances due to construction.

Wheelchair/ADA seating is also available in Sections 13 and 15 on the concourse level in the north end zone of the stadium, and in section 19 on the concourse level in the UTEP student section on the east side of the stadium.

ADA parking will continue to be located in the SC2 lot off of Schuster Drive by the roundabout of the Spur 1966.

Shuttles will be available from the parking area to the north Sun Bowl entrance for patrons with wheelchair/ADA-designated seating beginning two hours before kickoff, with resumption at the end of the third quarter until all patrons have been serviced.

For the full list of UTEP’s 2019 Football Game Day Fan & Tailgating Policies, click here.

UTEP football season tickets, starting at just $60, are on sale now by calling (915) 747-6150 or going online.   Season ticket prices have been reduced at all levels for the 2019 campaign.

UTEP’s Gatewood named to 2019 C-USA Preseason Football All-Conference Team

UTEP senior center Derron Gatewood was named to the 2019 Conference USA Preseason Football All-Conference Team on Monday, as selected by the league’s head coaches.

The 6-2, 300-pound Odessa, Texas native returns to the field this fall after missing the entire 2018 campaign with a torn ACL and MCL.

He started all 12 games for the Miners in 2016, and 10 contests in 2017.

He became the full-time starting center for the 2017 season after starting the first five games at center and the last seven at right guard during his sophomore campaign.

Gatewood played a vital role in future Green Bay Packer Aaron Jones rushing for a program record 1,773 yards in 2016.

Jones also concluded his career as UTEP’s all-time leading rusher with 4,114 yards.

A four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll, Gatewood earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2018 and is currently pursuing his Masters in Leadership Studies.

Video+Story: Creating Champions – Greg Long seeks return to field for UTEP Football

Greg Long relishes the opportunity to take the field this fall as part of the UTEP football team.

The redshirt junior’s excitement is not solely based on the fact that he is expected to be a lynchpin for the Miners’ stout offensive line. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive tackle also is eager to bounce back from injuries that kept him off the field last season and for most of the 2017 campaign.

But those are not the only physical hardships he has had to overcome. Long was born premature and began life afflicted by a host of blood and respiratory issues.

“I wasn’t a kid that was supposed to play football,” Long said. “No one was expecting me to do this. I had a lot of health problems growing up. But I was able to overcome that adversity. Now, I look forward to this upcoming season. I hope to earn All-Conference honors.”

Those lofty goals are certainly attainable. Long was named to the 2016 All-Conference USA freshman team and was listed as a first-team selection on Phil Steele’s 2017 Preseason All-C-USA squad. The potential to return to that form exists because of a diligent work ethic, a commitment to enhancing his skill-set and a positive outlook. Long said his achievements also have been attainable because of the Miner Athletic Club.

“Receiving a scholarship has given me a chance to do things that a lot of people didn’t think I could,” Long said. “Growing up, academics was something that I was not very in tune with. But after coming to UTEP and having someone take a chance on me, it has helped me realize that there is more out there for me.”

Long said the first time he realized he could play college football was during his junior year at Eastwood High School in El Paso. His offensive line coach informed him of his potential and urged him to perform the work necessary to fulfill that goal. Long’s undertaking was aided by the Troopers’ coaching staff submitting film to schools on his behalf. When UTEP offered a chance to play in his hometown, he could not pass it up.

“To represent the Miners in my hometown means everything to me,” Long said. “I get to give back to my community and have my family and friends come support me.”

UTEP Head Coach Dana Dimel said Long has been an inspiring presence throughout his recovery process and will be a vital component of the Miner offense this season.

“Greg has been an inspiration to all of us because of the adversity he has had to overcome,” Dimel said. “He brings a really positive attitude to work and handles himself well on and off the field. He’s a strong ambassador for our program.”

When his academic journey is complete, the criminal justice major hopes to work for the Department of Homeland Security. He wants to eventually lead a narcotics team. But before that, he aspires to propel UTEP to a successful season.

“I hope to help lead the Miners to a bowl game victory and I also hope to lead us to a championship,” Long said.

Author:  Pablo Villa – UTEP Communications  |  Video by UTEP Communications

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Creating Champions: This is the second article in a series about UTEP student-athletes who share their unique stories and how athletic scholarships have made a difference in their lives. Each of these students reflects on the value of their UTEP experiences and the opportunities they create for the future. Visit minerathleticclub.com to learn more about the Creating Champions campaign.

“Orange Revival” leads way as UTEP unveils 2019 Football themes and promotions

The UTEP football team will kick off the season at home against Houston Baptist on August 31, as the Miners enter year two under coach Dana Dimel with eyes on an “Orange Revival” in 2019 and beyond.

“When I think of revival, I think of a renewed and refreshed energy.  That’s what we are expecting from this year’s football team!” UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. 

“This home football schedule is a nice blend of games including the renewal of an old Western Athletic Conference rivalry with Nevada, matchups against three Texas programs and our first-ever meeting with Charlotte.  In the spirit of all things new we have lowered the cost of every single season ticket price group in 2019.”

Senter continued, “We want our Miner fans back, and we need our Miner fans back to make this Orange Revival a reality.  It’s hard to compete for and win championships when the Sun Bowl isn’t packed on Saturdays.  Every Person Makes A Difference (#EPMAD) the Orange Revival is here!”   

UTEP Football Season Tickets are on sale now and prices have been reduced at all levels from the 2018 season. 

The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 (next to the Don Haskins Center).  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased online, or by calling (915) 747-6150.

Here is a look at the themes and promotions for the Miners’ 2019 home schedule.

Aug. 31 vs. Houston Baptist – Orange Revival/Spirit Night/Extra Yard For Teachers

Fans are encouraged to wear orange, bring their Miner Spirit and pack the Sun Bowl as UTEP kicks off its 102nd football season at home against the Huskies!  The game will feature a halftime performance by the top youth cheer and dance teams on “Spirit Night.”  In addition, UTEP will honor the contributions of teachers, administrators and support staff at public and private schools throughout Region 19.  This annual event was organized to recognize the efforts of all school personnel who teach, engage, nurture and mentor students in their care.

Sept. 21 vs. Nevada – Hall of Fame Game/Band Night/Youth Football Night

The 2019 inductees into the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame — Hans Hoglund (track & field), Stefon Jackson (men’s basketball), Tony Perea (football), Kayla Thornton (women’s basketball) and Brian Young (football) — will be honored at halftime.  The game will also feature music from local middle and high school bands.  Youth Football Teams can sign up to scrimmage in the stadium earlier in the day and cheer on the Miners versus the Wolf Pack!

Oct. 5 vs. UTSA – Homecoming

UTEP Homecoming week is Sept. 29-Oct. 5, capped by the Miners’ C-USA home opener against their Lone Star State rivals the Roadrunners!  This year marks UTEP’s 88th Homecoming contest and the first under new President Dr. Heather Wilson.  Come celebrate UTEP’s proud history and bright future under the lights in the Sun Bowl! 

Oct. 26 vs. LA Tech – Military Appreciation Night

The Miners will salute the nation’s Armed Forces including the Home of America’s Tank Division, Fort Bliss.  Military Appreciation Night features an enlistment ceremony and in-game on-field and video board tributes.  The game is also highlighted by static displays around the stadium and a pregame flyover.

Nov. 9 vs. Charlotte – TBA

Nov. 30 vs. Rice – Thanks Day

The Miners will cap Thanksgiving Week by saying “Thank You!” to local law enforcement agencies and first responders.  UTEP will also pay tribute to its 2019 seniors as they play their final home game in the Sun Bowl.

 

2019 UTEP Football Home Schedule

Date                Opponent                    Theme

Aug. 31            Houston Baptist          Orange Revival/Spirit Night/Extra Yard for Teachers

Sept. 21           Nevada                        Hall of Fame Game/Band Night/Youth Football Night

Oct. 5              UTSA                           Homecoming

Oct. 26            LA Tech                       Military Appreciation Night

Nov. 9              Charlotte                     TBA

Nov. 30            Rice                             Thanks Day

UTEP reduces price for football season tickets; Sales begin Monday

UTEP football season ticket prices have been reduced for the 2019 season, and tickets will go on sale this Monday, June 17.

“We can’t wait to get the season underway,” second-year UTEP head coach Dana Dimel said.  “I know the passion for UTEP Football is there in the community.  Come out to the stadium and support these kids.  Your presence will really help in getting this thing turned around.”

The Miners will play six home games this fall, beginning with the season opener versus Houston Baptist on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. 

UTEP will also host former Western Athletic Conference rival Nevada (Sept. 21, 6 p.m.), as well as Conference USA foes UTSA (Oct. 5, 6 p.m.), LA Tech (Oct. 26, 6 p.m.), Charlotte (Nov. 9, 1 p.m.) and Rice (Nov. 30, 1 p.m.). 

UTEP Football season ticket prices for 2019 are as follows: Captain’s Club $1,300 (reduced from $1,320 in 2018), Gold Reserved $330 (reduced from $360), Silver Reserved $250 (reduced from $300), Bronze Reserved $100 (reduced from $120), and General Admission $60 (reduced from $66).  Family packs for two adults and two youth are available for $198 (reduced from $210).

The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located at Brumbelow Building Room 109 (next to the Don Haskins Center).  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased online, or by calling (915) 747-6150.

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