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UTEP redshirt junior QB Ryan Metz (shoulder) is expected to miss several weeks of action.

Metz (6'3/205) was injured in Saturday's loss to Army. Zack Greenlee will start in his place against Western Kentucky this weekend. We'll have a better idea of when Metz might be able to return to action as he becomes further removed from the initial injury concern.
Oct 5 - 6:33 PM

UTEP redshirt senior QB Zack Greenlee is expected to start Saturday's game against Western Kentucky.

Greenlee will be starting in place of Ryan Metz, who is dealing with a shoulder injury. He earlier filled in for Metz against Arizona back on September 15. In three games this season, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt senior has completed 23-of-38 passes for 223 yards with a 2/1 TD/INT ratio.
Oct 5 - 6:23 PM

UTEP announced that Mike Price will serve as the interim head coach after the resignation of former HC Sean Kugler.

Well this is a fun surprise. Price coached UTEP from 2004-2012 before retiring with a record of 48-61 and three bowl appearances. He also coached at Washington State for 14 years -- taking the Cougars to a Rose Bowl in 1995 -- and infamously was fired from Alabama before coaching a game. Price inherits an 0-5 Miners team that ranks 128th in yards-per-play, and 129th in defense.
Oct 2 - 8:38 PM

UTEP HC Sean Kugler announced his resignation on Monday.

Kugler has been the head coach of the Miners since 2012, and finishes with a record of 18-36. He led the Miners to just one bowl, a loss in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2013. It's the second major coaching change this year for UTEP, as they had fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease after the Miners lost to 63-13 to Arizona.
Oct 2 - 1:41 PM

UTEP sophomore RB Quadraiz Wadley ran for 156 yards and a score in a loss to Army on Saturday.

Wadley (6'0/190) didn't play in the first three games of the year, but he had 77 yards against New Mexico the previous week, and doubled that effort against the Black Knights. His long run of the game was 19, so this was a case of Wadley consistently picking up quality yardage on a quantity of carries. In a year where UTEP may not win a game, Wadley does offer a glimmer of hope for 2018 and beyond.
Sep 30 - 7:03 PM

The El Paso Times' Bret Bloomquist reports that UTEP has fired OC Brent Pease.

Pease joined the Miners in the winter of 2016 after serving as Washington's wide receivers coach. His most high-profile gig in the FBS came as offensive coordinator at Florida from 2012-2013. UTEP has managed just 37 points during their 0-3 start this season. To be at least somewhat fair to Pease, two of their three games have come against talent-superior outfits in Oklahoma and Arizona. Just where UTEP might next turn to for offensive-coordinating work is unknown at this juncture.
Sep 17 - 2:16 PM

UTEP redshirt senior QB Zack Greenlee will likely earn the starting nod in place of injury Ryan Metz for Friday's game against Arizona

Ryan Metz went down with a shoulder injury. Greenlee drew a few starts last season with limited success, completing 55-of-111 passes for 726 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions.
Source: KVIA
Sep 13 - 7:45 AM

SI's Bruce Feldman spoke to one anonymous NFL scout who believes UTEP's Will Hernandez is the top G prospect in the country.

Per Feldman, Hernandez "doesn’t have great length, but he’s athletic, extremely strong and plays with a mean streak." Apparently the interior blocker trains with Strong Man competitors during the offseason and could have turned pro last year. He elected to stay to finish his degree. Zero guards were drafted in the first round last year.
Source: SI.com
Sep 7 - 11:32 AM

SMU redshirt senior DB Jesse Montgomery transferred to UTEP as a graduate.

Montgomery (6'1/176) initially joined the Mustangs as part of the 2013 recruiting class. He went on to play sparingly after taking a redshirt as a freshman, recording a modest 30 tackles and an interception across 13 games played in 2014 and 2015. He did not record any statistical output during the past season. As a graduate, Montgomery will be eligible to play immediately for UTEP when the Miners kick off against Oklahoma on September 2.
Aug 10 - 4:14 PM

Ex-Michigan and Akron T Logan Tuley-Tillman will play at UTEP in 2017 after transferring as a graduate.

Tuley-Tillman started all 12 games for Akron. His time at Michigan was far less positive as it led to a dismissal after being initially charged with three felony counts. Expect to see Tuley-Tillman in the starting lineup for the Miners.
Aug 10 - 10:05 AM

UTEP freshman RB Josh Fields is likely to see the field immediately for the Miners.

Comparisons between the three-star Fields and former UTEP running back Aaron Jones have been coming fast and furious. Jones, drafted by the Green Bay Packers, may hand his starting job right to the true freshman Fields. Like Jones, Fields is a multi-dimensional local back from El Paso. "I can make people miss, I can go up top, I can run you over, so I can do a mixture of things," Fields said. With Quadraiz Wadley nursing a shoulder injury, Fields may be the favorite to start for the Miners in 2017. With a strong offensive line in front of him and the Miners' run-first ethos, we consider Fields a sleeper in deep leagues or Group of 5 formats.
Jul 27 - 12:42 PM

Packers selected UTEP RB Aaron Jones with the No. 182 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jones (5’10/208) turned pro as a redshirt junior after breaking UTEP’s all-time rushing record (4,114) in only three seasons, finishing his career with 40 all-purpose touchdowns, a 6.25 yards-per-carry average, and 71 receptions. Jones’ stock elevated at the Combine, posting top-two SPARQ results among running backs with a 4.56 forty, springy vertical (37 ½") and broad (10’7") jumps, and an impressive 6.82 three-cone time. On tape, Jones is a determined inside runner with plus vision, darting quickness, and serious big-play ability. In 2016, Jones led the nation in touchdown runs that began outside the red zone (12), including nine TD runs of 40-plus yards. While probably not an NFL workhorse, Jones is one of this year’s top sleeper running backs.
Apr 29 - 3:48 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared UTEP TE Hayden Plinkie to Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker.

"Plinke has good meat on his bones, but he's not as tall and long as teams would typically like out of their Y-tight end," Zierlein writes of the 6-foot-4, 264-pounder. The analyst adds that Plinkie is "a competitive enough blocker in the run game that he could become a player who helps in that area in time." Zierlein believes that his athleticism and ability to block could "make him a late Day 3 pick with a shot to make a roster."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 10:55 PM

UTEP hired former Montwood High School HC Chuck Veliz to serve as WR coach.

This will be Veliz's first job coaching at the college level. He spent 13 seasons at Montwood High, but stepped down from that head-coaching job last February after it was alleged that he had stolen from the football program and several fundraisers. He has denied these accusations. No charges have been filed in that case. We assume that UTEP has done their due diligence here and feels comfortable with what Veliz has told them about his practices.
Mar 11 - 3:10 PM

UTEP RB Aaron Jones finished with the No. 2 SPARQ score among running backs at the NFL Combine.

Jones has been lost in the shuffle amidst a stacked running back class, but his work in Indianapolis helps his cause in a big way. Jones finished around the middle of the pack with time of 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 16 reps on the bench, but he really shined in the explosion drills. At 5-foot-9, 208 pounds, Jones finished No. 2 among the running back prospects in the vertical jump (37.5 inches) and No. 2 in the horizontal jump (127 inches).
Mar 5 - 11:40 AM


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