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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

UTEP redshirt junior RB Aaron Jones will enter the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Andy Morgan of a local NBC affiliate.

He has signed with Leigh Steinberg. As you know, the 2017 running back class is loaded, and Jones' name is a bit of an unexpected one. He just turned 22 years old and rushed for 1,773 yards and 17 touchdowns on 229 carries. Jones actually played across four seasons, but took a redshirt last year after tearing a ligament in his ankle in September. Jones was also arrested last February for suspicion of DWI.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 01:36:00 PM

UTEP junior RB Aaron Jones rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in Saturday's 35-31 loss to FAU.

Jones shredded to the tune of 8.4 YPC on Saturday. This was the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder's third game of at least 200 yards rushing this season. He has pulled off the feat in back-to-back contests. A week ago, Jones rolled over Houston Baptist for 228 yards. He is up to 1,397 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns through 10 games.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 10:08:00 PM

UTEP junior RB Aaron Jones rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown across 25 carries and also threw for a score against ODU on Saturday.

Jones has bounced back in a big way off of his injury-ravaged 2015. He's now up to 940 yards and nine touchdowns to go with a 17-133-3 receiving line. If he keeps it up -- and stays healthy -- the NFL will come calling this spring.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 05:21:00 PM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Zack Greenlee will start in place of Ryan Metz (concussion) in Saturday's contest against FIU.

Metz suffered a concussion near the end of last Saturday's loss to Louisiana Tech. HC Sean Kugler indicated that the hope was that Metz would be able to return against UTSA next weekend. In his place steps Greenlee, who actually started the season-opener against New Mexico State before being sidelined by various injuries. In parts of four games this season, he has thrown for 466 yards with a 4/2 TD/INT ratio. There is no fantasy intrigue here.
Source: Mine Rush
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 09:02:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 10:19:00 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.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 03:45:00 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.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 06:08:00 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.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 03:39:00 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.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 12:59:00 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.
Mon, May 2, 2016 11:48:00 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.
Mon, Apr 18, 2016 11:34:00 PM


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