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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

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.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 06:33:00 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.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 06:23:00 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.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 08:38:00 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.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 01:41:00 PM


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