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Palm Beach Post writer Jason Lieser believes that UTEP G Will Hernandez "makes sense" for the Dolphins.

Lieser doesn't believe the Dolphins would target the Dolphins with their first-round pick (11th), but could make sense in the second round. He also points out that guard is one of the most unsettled positions on the Miami roster at this point. Hernandez's dominant senior season and strong play in the Senior Bowl may have pushed him into the first round, but this could be a natural fit if he does fall to the 43rd pick this spring.
Feb 4 - 11:59 AM

UTEP hired McKendree University OC Matt Rahl to serve as recruiting coordinator.

Prior to accepting this job with the Miners, Rahl had been with McKendree University for the past four campaigns. His most pertinent past gig to his new responsibilities at UTEP came with Wyoming, when he served as director of recruiting from 2009-13.
Source: Miner Rush
Feb 2 - 4:46 PM

UTEP hired Oregon State graduate assistant Josh Ogelsby to serve as offensive quality control coach.

Ogelsby turned in three years with Oregon State before accepting this UTEP gig. He got his coaching career booted up serving as a graduate assistant at Wisconsin (2013-15) after playing tackle for the Badgers from 2007-11.
Source: Miner Rush
Feb 2 - 4:29 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller named UTEP G his "Practice MVP" for his week at the Senior Bowl.

Hernandez played one one of -- if not the -- worst teams in college football in 2017, but Hernandez (6'2/340) was still considered one of the best interior prospects in the country, and he apparently showed why in Mobile. "The Senior Bowl can be skewed toward the offensive line when it comes to dominating in one-on-one drills, but Hernandez was flat-out unbeatable," Miller writes. "It was the best offensive line performance I've seen since Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys showed up and whipped everyone." If other teams viewed Hernandez in the same light, he's going to be one of the first offensive lineman off the board come this spring.
Jan 28 - 1:46 PM

UTEP signed three-star 2018 JUCO QB/WR Kai Locksley.

Locksley was a four-star dual-threat quarterback prospect who originally signed with Texas, but then transferred to Marshall before ultimately signing with Iowa Western Community College. He put up monster numbers at that level, running for 19 touchdowns and throwing for another 16. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback could be a candidate to immediately play for UTEP in the 2018 season.
Jan 15 - 9:30 PM

UTEP hired Kansas State linebackers coach Mike Cox to serve as defensive coordinator.

Cox has been on staff with Kansas State coaching up linebackers for each of the past five seasons. With UTEP, he'll be reunited with now-HC Dana Dimel, who had been working as K-State's offensive coordinator before he took the head gig with the Miners earlier this winter. This will be Cox's first job in a coordinating capacity.
Source: Miner Rush
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 01:38:00 PM

UTEP hired Tennessee QB coach Mike Canales to serve as offensive coordinator.

Canales has plenty of experience as an offensive coordinator, having served at that post with South Florida, North Texas and Arizona in stints over the last decade-plus. He's been in the coaching fraternity for 33 years.
Source: Miner Rush
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 12:59:00 PM

UTEP senior G Will Hernandez has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

If you ever need proof that there can be NFL talent on really bad football teams, here ya go. The Miners went 0-12 in 2017, but Hernandez (6'3/330) was still able to show on tape that he's one of the very best guard prospects in the country. He's currently projected to go somewhere in second-to-third round range, but we've seen offensive lineman dominate at events like this and improve his stock substantially. Hernandez could be one of those players.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 07:56:00 PM

UTEP special teams coordinator Don Yanowsky was arrested on suspicion of DWI on Nov. 4.

Yanowsky was arrested in the early morning hours prior to a Saturday contest against Middle Tennessee. He was allowed to continue coaching with the team following the alleged indiscretion, as Yanowsky's initial blood test came back inconclusive. He's been on staff with UTEP coaching up special teams and working as recruiting coordinator over the past two seasons.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 09:06:00 PM

UTEP HC Dana Dimel will serve as Kansas State's offensive coordinator for the Cactus Bowl.

Dimel was hired as UTEP's next head coach on Wednesday. He had been working as K-State's offensive coordinator for the past eight seasons prior to accepting the Miners' job. Once he's wrapped up with Cactus Bowl duties -- the Wildcats will tango with UCLA on Dec. 26 -- Dimel will then take over full time at UTEP. His new crew just wrapped up a miserable 0-12 campaign.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 03:12:00 PM

UTEP hired Kansas State OC Dana Dimel to serve as head coach.

Dimel has previous head-coaching experience under his belt, having previously worked in that capacity with Wyoming (1997-99) and Houston (2000-02). He put up a combined 30-39 record in those stints. For the past eight seasons, Dimel has been acting as offensive coordinator, running backs coach and tight ends coach at Kansas State. UTEP fired HC Sean Kugler at the beginning of October after the Miners limped out to an 0-5 start to the campaign. They finished the year without a win.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 05:45:00 PM

UTEP freshman RB Josh Fields ran for 137 yards and a score on 23 carries in a 42-21 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Fields score was an 11-yard scamper that made it 28-7 LTU in the middle of the third quarter. He was virtually the only successful offensive player for the winless Miners on Saturday. UTEP will try and avoid an 0-12 season next week against UAB.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 06:32:00 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Chad Reuter believes that UTEP senior G Will Hernandez is one of the non-Power-Five standouts who could become a star at the next level.

Hernandez (6'3/330) plays on one of the worst teams in all of college football, but that hasn't stopped scouts from raving about him. "Hernandez is a beast of a guard, capable of moving the line of scrimmage but yet still nimble enough to handle traps and pass-protection duties," Reuter writes. A strong showing by Hernandez in the Senior Bowl could see him selected in the first two rounds for teams looking for help in the interior.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 12:21:00 AM

UTEP senior G Will Hernandez was invited to the Senior Bowl.

Back in September, a scout told Bruce Feldman that Hernandez is viewed as the nation's top guard. That designation likely goes to Notre Dame's Quinton Nelson, but that shouldn't take away from Hernandez's NFL skill set. Hernandez loves to finish opponents.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 10:14:00 AM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller compares UTEP senior G Will Hernandez to Joe Thuney of the New England Patriots because of his "agility" and "mean streak."

"It’s a treat to watch Hernandez get outside the tackle box on sweeps, zone plays and even when pulled to protect the quarterback on rollouts," Miller wrote. "His ability and awareness are ideal for a Day 1 starter at left guard in the NFL." Hernandez (6’3/330) is one of the nation's elite guard prospects. Miller believes he's a "perfect fit for many schemes" because he's shown an ability to "get out into space and operate as a zone run-blocker."
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 05:24:00 PM


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