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Miners Put Finishing Touches on Ruidoso Camp With Scrimmage

The UTEP football team conducted its final practice of Camp Ruidoso on Saturday morning, concluding matters with a 47-play scrimmage.

“I was pleased to get the work in,” head coach Dana Dimel said.  “I thought it was good work.  We needed to tackle.  We needed to get our fits on offense, get our fits on defense.  And I thought we did a good job with all that.  We got to work on substitutions and the kinks that you get in a scrimmage with a time clock.  Having the officials there is really, really important for us because we did a lot of different things offensively, and the officials were judging all that and making sure that we were clean.  It was a pretty clean scrimmage.  We only had one penalty on offense and one penalty on defense, so I was happy with that.”

The Miner offense reached the end zone on a couple of occasions, as Ryan Metz threw a 50-yard TD pass to Terry Juniel and Treyvon Hughes rambled for a 28-yard rushing score.  Jason Filley connected on a 36-yard field goal to complete the scoring for the blue team.

Kai Locksley finished 5-of-7 passing for 48 yards, Metz was 2-for-4 for 58 yards, and Brandon Jones was 3-for-3 for 28 yards.

“I thought Kai had a nice scrimmage, I thought he did some nice things,” Dimel said.  “I thought Metz did a really good job of getting the guys orchestrated in and out of huddles.  Kavika Johnson stepped up and did some nice things.  The number one offensive line did a good job.  The number one defensive line played really well.  I took them out early because I didn’t want to get anyone banged up.  And of course our number one defensive backfield did a good job as well.”

Juniel led all UTEP receivers with 58 yards on a pair of catches, and Johnson chipped in with two receptions for 30 yards.

A.J. Hotchkins, Mike Sota and Ray Walters each registered a sack, Chris Barnwell had a forced fumble and fumble recovery, and Nik Needham picked off a pass as the secondary continued to steal the show on defense.

“They’ve had some nice turnovers throughout camp,” Dimel said.  “We know that’s probably one of the strengths of our defense right now.  There is a lot of experience back there and some talented players.  We had the New York Jets’ top scout come in early in practice to look at Winston [Dimel] and a couple of our guys on offense and three of our guys on defense.  It says something about some of the talent that we have.”

Needham tied for the team lead with four tackles on Saturday.

The Miners will return to El Paso on Sunday and have their next practice on Monday morning, with the season opener versus Northern Arizona (September 1) a mere three weeks away.

Dimel said the team accomplished its goals in Ruidoso.

“During camp, I wanted to really start working on our two deep,” he said.  “As a head coach, that’s what you think about all of the time.  Of course you think about your starters, but you don’t ever go a day without thinking about your backups too and how good you’re going to be so you can handle the injuries that occur throughout a season.  The thing that I’m most pleased about is our recruiting class that we brought in.  A lot of those guys are just what we hoped they’d be.  And that’s not usually the case in recruiting.  But they are.  And so there’s a group of them that are giving us the depth that we need to have.  That’s really encouraging.”

Dimel said the team’s focus will be on mechanics over the next few weeks.

“We’ve started to break down NAU,” he said.  “We have some good summer scouting reports put together on them.  On the bus trip up here, I watched them for a couple of hours and we’ll watch them again on the bus trip home and really start locking in on a game plan in the next five or six days.  Our philosophy has always been to put in everything in camp, to insert it all and get it all out there so when we get into a game we can say ‘Remember guys, we’ve already done this.’”

The two deep is taking shape.

“I still think there is really good competition at the linebacker position,” Dimel said.  “That’s a position that we said we really needed to work on and get better.  I think guys have stepped up and done a nice job.  And of course the quarterback position, it’s not necessarily a battle amongst the two of them but a battle for them to continue to get better and continue to handle all of the mechanics of running our offense.”

UTEP football season tickets, starting at just $66, are on sale now by calling (915) 747-6150.

UTEP Football Fan Day Set For Sun Bowl on August 18

Fans will get the chance to meet the 2018 UTEP football team and coaching staff on Saturday, August 18 in the Sun Bowl.

UTEP players and head coach Dana Dimel will sign free schedule posters.  The UTEP band, cheerleaders, Golddiggers and Paydirt Pete will be in attendance.

In addition to the events, children, can sign up for the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Kids Club and pick up your gameday kit.

Fans are also invited to tour the Larry K. Durham Center on their own.  UTEP partner Albertsons will be selling the official Every Person Makes a Difference #EPMAD “Difference Maker” t-shirts.

The Miners’ annual “Fan Day” is free and will take place from noon – 2 p.m. Parking will be available in the North Sun Bowl lot.

The Miners will kick off the season at home against Northern Arizona on September 1.  Season tickets, starting at just $66, are on sale now by calling (915) 747-6150.

UTEP Football ‘Mini Packs’ Tickets Now On Sale

A variety of three-game UTEP Football mini packs are now on sale.

All combinations are available for the first five home games versus Northern Arizona (Sept. 1), NM State (Sept. 22), North Texas (Oct. 6), UAB (Oct. 27) and Middle Tennessee (Nov. 10).

Prices start at just $48 for reserved seating.  Season starts are also available, starting at $66 for general admission. To purchase, visit the UTEP Ticket Center or call (915) 747-5234.

Locations are:

  • 2901 North Mesa (next to the Don Haskins Center) Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am-6 pm and Saturday, 8 am-4 pm.
  • 1452 Zaragoza Suite A-500 Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am-6 pm and Saturday, 10 am-4 pm.  Hours are subject to change.

Mini packs can also be viewed and purchased at

Miner Athletic Club Announces 2018-19 Luncheon Series

The football kick-off and hoops tip-off luncheons feature appearances by Dana Dimel, Rodney Terry, Kevin Baker and select student-athletes as they preview their upcoming seasons. 

The football signing day luncheon is hosted by the UTEP coaching staff and offers an in-depth look at the latest batch of incoming recruits. 

Hoops Tip-Off Luncheon: Tuesday, October 9th 12 p.m.

Football Signing Day Luncheon: Wednesday, February 6th TBA 

Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets early as these events have been sellouts in recent years. Luncheon tables of 10 are $350 and individual tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Miner Athletic Club at (915) 747-8759 or online by clicking here.

The deadline to purchase tickets is August 13th for the Kick-Off Luncheon and October 1st for the Tip-Off Luncheon.

Football and Basketball season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling (915) 747-6150 or by visiting the UTEP ticket website.

UTEP Football’s Griffin Earns Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

Junior Kalaii Griffin was named to the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List on Thursday.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually at the All Sports Association’s Awards Banquet in FortWalton Beach.

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

The linebacker has accumulated 36.5 hours of community service, dedicating his time to the Child Crisis Center. Griffin also spent time helping with Project Move, running various athletic stations for youth groups in the community.

Last season, the linebacker played in 10 games, seeing action on defense and special teams. Griffin recorded 15 tackles, one sack and one quarterback hurry.

Gallery: UTEP Releases Photo of New Football Helmets

UTEP officials gave Miner fans a look at the new helmets for the 2018 Season via a Twitter Post Tuesday afternoon.

While the familiar ‘UTEP’ with a pick for a ‘t’ returns, the new shade of orange is sure to get fans talking.

 Check out some of the previous UTEP helmets/color combos via the photos below.

Eleven UTEP Games a Part of C-USA Football Broadcast Schedule

On Thursday, Conference USA rolled out its broadcast schedule for the 2018 football season, with 11 games involving UTEP slated for coverage this fall.

Five UTEP home games will be carried on ESPN networks – versus Northern Arizona (Sept. 1/ESPN3), NM State (Sept. 22/ESPN3), UAB (Oct. 27/ESPN+), Middle Tennessee (Nov. 10/ESPN+) and Southern Miss (Nov. 24/ESPN+).  The Miners’ home matchup with North Texas (Oct. 6) will be shown on beIN SPORTS.

Kickoff for the Northern Arizona, NM State, North Texas and UAB home games will be 5:30 p.m. MT.  Kickoff for the Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss home games will be 1 p.m. MT.

UTEP’s road games at Tennessee (Sept. 15/SEC Network/10 a.m. MT), UTSA (Sept. 29/ESPN+/5 p.m. MT), LA Tech (Oct. 20/ESPN+/1:30 p.m. MT), Rice (Nov. 3/ESPN3/1:30 p.m. MT) and WKU (Nov. 17/beIN SPORTS/5:30 p.m. MT) have also been picked up.

The 2018 C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 1 will air on CBS Sports Network at a time to be determined.  ESPN is scheduled to carry all six of C-USA’s bowl games in which it has a guaranteed selection.

Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced today a new multi-year contract with ESPN. The agreement triples ESPN’s inventory of C-USA events from the previous deal to include more than 175 events on ESPN+ and ESPN3 for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

More than 100 of those games will air on the newly launched ESPN+ — the first multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International Segment in conjunction with ESPN.

As part of the new deal, ESPN will air all remaining football games (approximately 45 in 2018) along with 60 regular-season men’s basketball games and 28 regular-season women’s basketball games.

ESPN also picks up first-round men’s and women’s basketball action at the upcoming 2018 C-USA Basketball Championships in Frisco, Texas.

Rounding out the contract, ESPN will become the primary home of multiple conference championships.

                Men’s Soccer: All six games including the championship finals

                Women’s Soccer: All seven games including the championship finals

                Volleyball: All seven games including the championships finals

                Baseball: All games leading up to the championship game, which will air on CBS Sports

                Softball: All games leading up to the championship game, which will air on CBS Sports

ESPN’s digital platforms will also spotlight additional C-USA championships throughout the year with special highlight shows. The sports expected to be featured include cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field, swimming & diving, golf and tennis.

Miner Football’s Gatewood Earns Spot on Rimington Trophy Watch List

Senior Derron Gatewood was named to Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List, the selection committee announced Wednesday.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I College Football.

Gatewood garnered All-Conference USA honorable mention recognition last season. The two-year starter, made 10 starts at center last season. As a junior, Gatewood started in all 12 games playing both center and right guard. He played on an offensive line that paved the way for Aaron Jones to rush for a single-season program-record 1,773 yards.

Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics

As a freshman, Gatewood played in five contests at the center and right guard position.

This preseason, centers were nominated from every conference, with 57 total nominees and 27 past nominees. The selection committee comprised its list by accepting nominations from programs across the country that submitted their current starting centers for consideration.

The Rimington Trophy committee uses the following all-american teams to determine its winner: the Walter Camp Foundation (WCF), the Sporting News (SN) and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee.

The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 12, 2019

Former Miner Tuley-Tillman Heads to 49ers Rookie Minicamp

Former Miner Logan Tuley-Tillman was invited to the San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp on Sunday.

Tuley-Tillman played one season for the Miners and started in all 12 games at the left tackle position during the 2017 season.

The Miners offensive line allowed zero sacks against WKU and UTSA and only allowed one sack at no. 7 Oklahoma and at C-USA West Division Champions North Texas.

With Tuley-Tillman’s invite to the 49ers minicamp, he joins newly-signed Miners Alvin Jones (Ravens) and Will Hernandez (Giants) who were selected earlier this week, in beginning their journey to the NFL player ranks.

UTEP Football to Host Youth Camp May 19

In a month, UTEP football head coach Dana Dimel and the rest of the coaching staff will be hosting the 2018 UTEP Youth Football Camp. The camp is offered to children in grades K-8 without any extra requirements.

Participants may sign up for the May 19 camp as either an individual or a team with an enrollment fee of $26.50 per player.

This camp is an opportunity for players to learn fundamentals and advanced skills from high level coaches. Campers will get to compete in both offensive and defensive positions to experience every aspect of the game.

The Youth Football Camp will take place on Saturday, May 19 at the Sun Bowl Stadium, giving participants a true Division I College Football experience. Campers are asked to bring tennis shoes, shorts, a t-shirt, and socks.

Football cleats and mouthpieces are encouraged but optional.

Enrollment will close May 18 at 11:30 PM. Registration for the camp is now open online.


Ahead of Friday’s Spring Game, Discounted UTEP Season Tickets Available Until April 30

With UTEP’s first Spring Game of the Dana Dimel Era set for Friday, UTEP Athletics announced Tuesday the availability of discounted 2018 season tickets through the end of April.

On Friday, Sun Bowl gates will be open to the public starting at 6 p.m., admission is free and concessions will be available to fans including $2 sodas, $1 hot dogs and $1 popcorn. There will also be concourse activities available upon entry.

Orange will battle Blue head-to-head. The first half will feature 15-minute quarters. Halftime is 10 minutes. The duration of the second half will be determined by the coaching staff.

Special in-game videos will pit the players against the coaches in a variety of grueling activities. After the game, the seniors and head coach Dana Dimel will sign free complimentary spring game posters.

Ahead of the game, fans can purchase discounted 2018 UTEP football season tickets between now and the end of April.

The Miners will open the campaign at home against Northern Arizona (Sept. 1), and will also host arch-rival NM State in non-league play (Sept. 22).

The Conference USA slate features matchups with four bowl teams from last season — North Texas (Oct. 6), UAB (Oct. 27), Middle Tennessee (Nov. 10) and Southern Miss (Nov. 24).

As for the tickets, for the remainder of the month only, the full six-game docket is available for the price of five games.  The lowest season ticket price through April 30 is $55.  Beginning May 1, prices will start at $66.

The discounted tickets are available by visiting the UTEP Season Ticket Office, located in the Brumbelow Bulding, or by calling (915) 747-6150.

For all UTEP Football season ticket prices, please visit the UTEP Athletics Website.


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. 

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