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UTEP junior RB Aaron Jones rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in Saturday's 66-14 loss to Army.

Jones had rushed for 372 yards through his first two games -- including 249 yards rushing in the season-opener against New Mexico State -- but found no such success on Saturday. He will try for shinier results in a date with Southern Miss next weekend.
Sep 17 - 10:19 PM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Zack Greenlee (knee, finger, shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday's showdown with Texas.

In UTEP's season-opening win over New Mexico State, Greenlee completed 15-of-27 passes for 229 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also suffered multiple injuries of various degrees of seriousness, including a slight tear of the MCL, a separated shoulder and a broken finger. Ouch. On his weekly radio show, HC Sean Kugler said that the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder could miss up to two weeks with this slew of injuries. Kavika Johnson is expected to start in his place against the Longhorns on Saturday.
Sep 8 - 3:45 PM

On Saturday against New Mexico State, UTEP junior RB Aaron Jones forced more missed tackles than any player in any single week over the last two years.

He shredded a hapless Aggie defense for 285 total yards and two touchdowns. Jones, who missed most of last year with a torn ligament in his left ankle, has clearly returned to the level we saw him at in 2014. That year, he rushed for 1,321 yards (5.46 YPC) and 11 touchdowns with 30 receptions for 293 yards and three additional scores.
Sep 7 - 6:08 PM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Zack Greenlee was named the starter for 2016.

Greenlee transferred to UTEP from Fresno State back in April. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder showed promise as a high school recruit -- he was named to the Elite 11 during the 2013 recruiting cycle -- but that talent has yet to quite come to the forefront. In eight games last season, he threw for 866 yards (47.4% completions) with a 13/6 TD/INT ratio. "Accuracy is something I wanted to work on [this offseason]," Greenlee said in camp. "I don't know the numbers, hopefully they're pretty good. It's good to be that accurate." Indeed. During the Miners' last two scrimmages, Greenlee was unofficially a combined 14-of-16 passing. Despite some potential improvements here and an assured starting gig, the gunslinger can be avoided in most fantasy formats.
Aug 23 - 3:39 PM

UTEP will not suspend junior RB Aaron Jones for his February DWI arrest.

Jones was arrested on February 10 and charged with a DWI after being pulled over for swerving across lanes. His status for 2016 had been in limbo, but he has entered into a pretrial diversion program, which would result in the charges being dismissed if completed. HC Sean Kugler indicated this week that no suspension would be forthcoming for the 5-foot-10, 205-pound dynamo. While he appeared in just two games before being sidelined by a torn ligament in his left ankle last season, he rushed for 1,321 yards (5.46 YPC) and 11 touchdowns in 2014. He also caught 30 passes for 293 yards and an additional three scores. "Aaron's situation was handled internally as is the case with every player. He has been punished harshly and I consider this matter to be put behind him, he will not be suspended further," said Kugler.
Jul 15 - 12:59 PM

Bears signed UTEP DE Roy Robertson-Harris.

Robertson-Harris (6'6/255) made 33 starts for the UTEP Miners, logging 24 career tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He turned in a strong Pro Day workout, running 4.8-flat with a 35-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Lean, long armed, and plenty athletic, Robertson-Harris should've been a more dominant college player considering his physical prowess. He's a ball of clay his NFL coaching staff will try to mold into a useful edge player.
May 2 - 11:48 PM

Fresno State graduate QB Zack Greenlee transferred to UTEP.

The former Elite 11 prospect never quite panned out at Fresno State. Part of that was the coaching staff jerking him around, and part of that was due to Greenlee's arrest for public drunkenness last year. Eligible to play immediately, Greenlee could make an instant impact for the Miners.
Apr 18 - 11:34 PM

The National Football Post's Greg Gabriel believes UTEP edge rusher Roy Robertson-Harris could be a good rotation player.

Spurned from the Combine, Robertson-Harris burst onto the scene with a tremendous Pro Day showing. "He is athletic quick and explosive," Gabriel wrote. "His best fit is as a 4-3 defensive end but has the traits to play OLB in a 3-4. Will go through a learning curve as far as learning how to drop and play in zone." NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Robertson-Harris could be one of the biggest steals of the draft.
Apr 15 - 2:07 PM

UTEP edge rusher Roy Robertson-Harris will visit the Raiders and Chiefs and work out for Bears and Vikings.

Hat tip to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson for the report. Robertson-Harris has gained major sleeper momentum in recent weeks after a huge Pro Day workout. He's long and athletic off the corner.
Apr 4 - 2:42 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline relayed that UTEP edge rusher Roy Robertson-Harris "look[ed] smooth and athletic" in positional drills during Thursday's Pro Day.

Per Pauline, Robertson-Harris went through drills as both a defensive end and linebacker on Thursday. On the testing side of the equation, the 6-foot-5, 256-pound defender logged a 40-yard dash in the neighborhood of the mid-4.70's to the low 4.80's, a 35-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-11 broad jump. Among the NFL clubs he'll be touching base with, Pauline reports that he will be working out privately with the Bears and Vikings, with the Raiders and Chiefs also scheduling meetings. On Pro Day itself, he met with the 49ers and Panthers.
Apr 2 - 2:40 PM

According to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, UTEP edge rusher Roy Robertson-Harris met with the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers at his Pro Day event earlier this week.

In addition to that, Robertson-Harris has visits scheduled with the Raiders and Chiefs and has workouts booked with the Bears and Vikings. The unheralded 6-foot-5, 256-pounder projects as either a DE or a 3-4 OLB. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein recently wrote that Robertson-Harris could be one of the steals of the draft.
Apr 1 - 2:45 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes that UTEP DE Roy Robertson-Harris could be one of the steals of the draft.

"With long arms and an athletic build," Zierlein wrote, "Robertson-Harris is made for the edge. He's athletic enough to play standing up and strong enough to put his hand in the ground as a traditional 4-3 defensive end." The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder does sometimes struggle with his consistency, Zierlein noted, but "his flashes are most definitely NFL-caliber."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 4:38 PM

Court records obtained by the El Paso Times indicated that UTEP junior RB Aaron Jones was arrested on February 10 under suspicion of driving while under the influence.

According to KVIA-TV, a sheriff's deputy pulled over Jones off-campus when he observed that the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder was swerving between lanes. In a statement, HC Sean Kugler said, "We are waiting for the process to fully develop and once I have all the facts, I will evaluate the situation. There are consequences to poor decisions and Aaron will be held to the same standard as every other student-athlete in our program." It's been a rough ride for Jones of late, as he tore a ligament in his left ankle in mid-September, forcing him to miss the remainder of the 2015 campaign. He rushed for 1,321 yards as a sophomore in 2014.
Mar 3 - 2:14 PM

Fresno State redshirt sophomore QB Zack Greenlee will transfer after the spring semester.

No word as to where Greenlee plans on transferring as of yet, but he's been granted his scholarship release. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt sophomore entered the season as starter but had some rocky times. In mid-September, he was charged with public drunkenness. He ultimately appeared in seven contests in 2015, throwing for 866 yards with a 13/6 TD/INT ratio. In a statement, HC Tim DeRuyter said, "He was a good teammate and a good player to coach. He now wishes to pursue other avenues with his education and football career and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward." Quarterbacks Kilton Anderson, Ford Childress and Chason Virgil now figure to battle it out for the starting gig this spring.
Jan 25 - 10:56 PM

UTEP hired former Washington WR coach Brent Pease to serve as offensive coordinator.

Pease was let go by the Huskies after the close of the regular season, but he's landed on his feet well enough. Prior to his work with Washington, he spent a year as Florida's offensive coordinator from 2012-2013 and further back, coached on Boise State's staffs from 2006-2011. His experience with high-flying offenses will be needed with UTEP. The Miners averaged just 20.67 points in 2015.
Jan 14 - 10:08 PM


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