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UTEP redshirt senior QB Ryan Metz completed 16-of-33 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 27-24 loss to North Texas.

The Miners were flirting with their first win of the season, but they came up a field goal short despite scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Metz played well -- he also ran for a touchdown -- but his two interceptions were the difference between the win and the loss. UTEP at least gets a bye this week to try to figure things out. The Miners will return from their bye with a matchup against Louisiana Tech.
Oct 7 - 12:43 AM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Kai Locksley completed 10-of-16 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown with one interception in Saturday's 30-21 loss to UTSA.

Locksley (6'4/200) was much better as a runner. The redshirt junior was able to run for 106 yards and a score on his team-high 24 carries. Unfortunately for Locksley, his rushing efforts won't overcome his poor accuracy until he improves or gets more help from his teammates. UTEP (0-5) will need Locksley to make big plays, most likely coming from his legs, next week at North Texas if the Miners are to win their first game.
Sep 30 - 12:59 AM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Kai Locksley completed 10-of-16 passes for 194 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 64 yards and a score in a 27-20 loss to New Mexico State on Saturday.

Locksley would have had many more rushing yards if not for taking away the sacks. The redshirt junior was far from perfect, but it's a vast improvement over what we saw against Tennessee the previous Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound signal-caller needs help, but his ability to make plays with his feet and a strong -- if inaccurate -- throwing arm should be able to make plays. He and the Miners will try to get their first win of 2018 against UTSA next Saturday
Sep 22 - 10:51 PM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Kai Locksley went 9-of-22 for 39 yards in Saturday's 24-0 loss to Tennesse.

Locksley's outing was as bad as it looks. His accuracy was abysmal and it's reflected in his 40.9 percent completion rate. This flop of an outing wasn't all on Locksley as UTEP was dominated in all phases of the game by Tennessee and mustered only 134 yards of total offense. Locksley has been a total bust so far this season with 216 passing yards and no touchdowns through three games. The Miners will have to decide between QB Ryan Metz and Locksley for next week's matchup against New Mexico State.
Sep 15 - 7:02 PM

UTEP junior RB Quadraiz Wadley rushed for 43 yards and one touchdown on eight carries in Saturday's 30-10 loss to Northern Arizona.

Wadley (6'0/190) was the only Miner to score on the night when he found the end zone on a 32-yard run. On his other seven carries, Wadley only averaged 1.6 yards per carry. As a sophomore, Wadley averaged 4.8 yards per carry. The Miners will face UNLV next Saturday.
Sep 1 - 10:54 PM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Kai Locksley went 13-of-26 for 120 yards with one interception in Saturday's 30-10 loss to Northern Arizona.

Ryan Metz was the starter but only attempted five passes. Locksley (6'4/205) failed to throw a touchdown in relief for UTEP but added 50 rushing yards. The dual-threat quarterback was a three-star JUCO prospect, who totaled 35 touchdowns as Iowa Western Community College. This is a tough loss for UTEP, who got blown out as a seven point favorite at home. UTEP will travel to UNLV next Saturday, and Locksley could be the starter this time.
Sep 1 - 10:49 PM

Redshirt senior FB Winston Dimel is transferring from Kansas State to UTEP as a graduate.

Because he's leaving with his degree, Dimel (6'1/235) will be immediately eligible to play for the Miners in 2018. He'll get a chance to play for his father, new UTEP coach Dana Dimel. He's considered on of the best fullbacks in the country, and ranks as the top player at the position on Mel Kiper Jr's draft boards. At the very least, this makes UTEP better in the run game, and Dimel can also help as a red-zone runner -- he ran for 12 touchdowns as a sophomore -- and potentially as a receiver out of the backfield.
Jun 11 - 4:44 PM

Giants selected UTEP OG Will Hernandez with the No. 34 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

After drafting Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall, the Giants had to address the offensive line, and they got a good one at the top of the second round. Hernandez (6’2/327) made 49 starts at left guard for the Miners, earning second-team All-American as both a junior and senior. Short-armed (32") but a competent athlete with 43rd-percentile SPARQ results, Hernandez’s game tape reveals a mauling blocker with the power to move defensive linemen in the run game and enough agility to protect the pocket. He pumped 37 bench-press reps in Indy, most among guards. Hernandez profiles as a high-floor, immediate starter with a chance to become one of the league’s better all-around guards.
Apr 27 - 7:17 PM

NFL Media's Gil Brandt has UTEP G Will Hernandez as his highest ranked player remaining after Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

Brandt had Hernandez as his 15th overall player, 10 spots ahead of Notre Dame T Mike McGlinchey who was selected ninth overall by the San Francisco 49ers. Brandt said Hernandez is "a top character person who will play at a high level for a long time in this league. He's very strong (37 lifts at the combine) and excels in both run-blocking and pass protection." Brandt was higher on Hernandez then most as he was projected to be a late Day 1 or early Day 2 selection. He should come off the board fairly early in the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 10:17 AM

An anonymous scout believes that UTEP G Will Hernandez could go in the first round on Thursday.

"He’ll be a mauler-brawler," said the scout. "He overpowers everybody. I think he’s going first round. Hernandez is a man, and he’s mature like a man." While none of the scouts in McGinn's report have concerns about Hernandez ability, there is some concern about the mental side, as he didn't test well in the Wonderlic. Still, the 6-foot-2, 327-pound lineman is NFL ready, and that makes him a candidate to go late in the first or not long after in the second.
Apr 26 - 2:57 PM

An NFC area scout said that UTEP G Will Hernandez is "exactly what you are looking for in terms of his work ethic and how much he loves the game."

"He will clique instantly in the offensive line room and he will be one of the strongest and toughest guys on the team as soon as he makes the roster," the scout gushed. His only concern with the 6-foot-2, 327-pound Hernandez comes in his arm length (or lack thereof). The UTEP product measured in with arms of just 32 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine. He will very much be in play for a Day 1 selection next Thursday, with NFL Media's Bucky Brooks speculating that the Vikings -- picking at No. 30 -- could be a perfect dance partner for the offensive lineman.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 3:43 PM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks believes that UTEP G Will Hernandez could be a "missing" piece for the Vikings.

Hernandez is consistently grades as one of the best guards in the class, and if not for the ridiculousness that is Quenton Nelson he might be at the top. "The offensive line was vastly improved last season, but there is still a need for an upgrade at the guard position," writes Brooks. "Hernandez is a mauling run blocker and he's surprisingly nimble in pass protection. His physicality is a perfect fit for a team looking to close out wins with the running game." The only question is whether or not he'll still be around when Minnesota makes their 30th pick, so they may need to trade up to procure his services.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 10:05 PM

The Giants will host UTEP G Will Hernandez on a visit, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Hernandez might be the premier hog molly in this class. The Giants have a clear need at guard, and Hernandez is a bully in that area, wanting to move defenders out of the way to create space in the running game. An early second-round selection is possible for Hernandez, as is a first-round pick.
Mar 26 - 10:17 AM

The Cowboys scheduled a pre-draft visit with UTEP G Will Hernandez.

Despite deploying three of the NFL's best offensive linemen and a promising player in La'El Collins, the Cowboys front five continues to be in a transition period. It is clear the Cowboys are trying to figure out where Collins will start in 2018, so expect them to look into both guards and tackles. Hernandez will be a top 50 selection.
Mar 20 - 10:43 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris relays that UTEP G Will Hernandez is visiting the Saints on Tuesday.

Hernandez (6'2/237) has impressed this evaluating season, turning in respectable work at both the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks called his combine show an "A+ workout." While it's still probably too early to start even tentatively slotting prospects with NFL teams, at the very least, the Saints' first-round selection at No. 27 would make sense if they're keen on the guard. An NFC area scout believes that the UTEP standout is "exactly what you are looking for in terms of his work ethic and how much he loves the game."
Mar 13 - 3:53 PM


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