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UTEP redshirt junior TE Josh Weeks announced his intent to transfer as a graduate.

Weeks will be looking for his third school, as he came to UTEP from BYU not long after he was arrested for a violation of a stalking injunction. He was only able to play in five games for the Miners, and finished the year with eight catches for 153 yards. Because he leaves as a graduate, he will not have to sit out the 2019 season and can play immediately.
Jan 2 - 9:33 PM

UTEP redshirt senior TE David Lucero accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Lucero is a 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end who caught 41 passes in his time in college, the last two of them with the Miners after he was dismissed from the Boise State program for pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery charges. He should get looks based on his size, but there will be questions stemming from those charges, as as well as his relative lack of production.
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 07:18:00 PM

UTEP junior QB Brandon Jones completed 11-of-23 passes for 114 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in Saturday's 39-7 loss to Southern Miss.

Jones was coming off a 340-yard game against Western Kentucky, but today was a different story for the inexperienced junior quarterback. Jones' three interceptions -- including the pick-six -- put the Miners away early, and this UTEP offense isn't capable of scoring in comeback fashion. On the season, UTEP managed to score more than 24 points just twice -- in a win over Rice and in a loss to Middle Tennessee State -- so there is a lot of work to do for UTEP to even be competitive in games in 2019. Jones will be competing for the starting quarterback spot this Spring.
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 06:36:00 PM

UTEP redshirt senior TE David Lucero registered two receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 40-16 loss at Western Kentucky.

Lucero set a career high in yardage last weekend with 62 yards, and now he has set a new best for a second consecutive outing. The highlight of the game -- and perhaps the season -- for the Miners an 88-yard scoring connection in the fourth quarter between Lucero and QB Brandon Jones in the fourth quarter. The duo also hooked up for a successful two-point conversion after the scoring play. UTEP will wrap up their season against Southern Miss next weekend.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 12:57:00 AM

UTEP junior QB Brandon Jones completed 14-of-25 passes for 340 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 40-16 loss at Western Kentucky.

Jones entered the game with a total of 219 passing yards with a touchdown in parts of four games, as he was much more effective than QB Kai Locksley. It might be the dawn of a new day in UTEP, as Jones was pretty effective moving the ball. Of course, the Hilltoppers were in a prevent defense for a good chunk of the game after rolling up a 40-0 halftime lead. Still, Jones could start again next Saturday against Southern Miss, giving him a nice building block for the 2019 season.
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 11:03:00 PM

UTEP senior AJ Hotchkins registered a total of 14 tackles in Saturday's 48-32 loss against Middle Tennessee.

Hotchkins, a graduate transfer from Oregon, certainly chose the right landing spot if he wanted to build some film and add to his NFL Draft resume. He has seven games with 10 or more tackles this season, and he has 105 total stops. Hotchkins even appeared on offense and registered a 12-yard reception. He'll likely have his hands full again next weekend at Western Kentucky.
Sat, Nov 10, 2018 08:03:00 PM

UTEP junior RB Quardraiz Wadley rumbled 15 times for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's 48-32 loss against Middle Tennessee.

The Miners were unable to carry over their momentum from their first victory of the season last week against Rice. However, Wadley is finishing up the season strong with 190 rushing yards and four touchdowns over his past two games. He entered last week with no multi-score performances in his first 22 games. Now he has two in two weeks. He'll look to keep up the good work at Western Kentucky next Saturday.
Sat, Nov 10, 2018 07:53:00 PM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Kai Locksley (ankle) was not only able to start in Saturday's game at Rice, but he led the team to a 34-26 win.

Locksley completed 13-of-21 passes for 193 yards, no touchdowns and an interception, but he was able to find the end zone twice with his feet. It was been a rough go for the Miners (1-8, 1-4), but they're celebrating over Texas on the plane ride back from Houston to El Paso with their first victory of the season. Locksley will try to whip the team back into the win column next Saturday against Middle Tennessee.
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 07:40:00 PM

UTEP junior RB Quardraiz Wadley ran 20 times for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help his team to their first win of the season Saturday at Rice, 34-26.

Wadley missed a good chunk of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury, but he has not been slowed this season with 95 total touches. He has 22 career collegiate games under his belt, and this was his first multi-score performance. He and his teammates will look to keep up their winning ways against visiting Middle Tennessee next Saturday night.
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 07:36:00 PM

UTEP redshirt senior FB Winston Dimel (shoulder) is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Dimel (6'1/242) sustained his season-ending shoulder injury against North Texas on Oct. 6. It's not been a particularly impactful offensive loss, as the K-State transfer is finishing the season having rushed for negative yardage.
Source: Prospector
Fri, Nov 2, 2018 02:24:00 PM

UTEP junior QB Brandon Jones completed 5-of-9 passes for 49 yards in Saturday's 19-0 loss to UAB.

Jones (6'2/205) entered after starting quarterback Kai Locksley exited with an ankle injury, but neither quarterback had any success. The UTEP offense totaled a whole 120 yards in the loss, and Jones was actually the leading rusher with 16 yards. Locksley had his ankle taped on the sideline, so he may be able to play next week, but Jones will draw the start if he's unable to.
Sat, Oct 27, 2018 11:17:00 PM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Kai Locksley (ankle) left Saturday's game against UAB.

Locksley (6'4/200) got his ankle taped up, but he wasn't able to return and was walking gingerly on the sideline. Before exiting, the redshirt junior completed 7-of-11 passes for 52 yards. After he left, Brandon Jones entered and threw for 49 yards on nine attempts. If Locksley is unable to play against Rice next week, Jones will draw the start.
Sat, Oct 27, 2018 11:10:00 PM

UTEP junior WR Keynan Foster posted four receptions for a team-high 84 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-24 loss at Louisiana Tech.

Foster is starting to show some signs of effectiveness across the past two games, totaling six receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown in each outing. He is working on a streak of five consecutive contests with at least two grabs, too. The Washington state native will try and make it three straight trips to the end zone next week when UAB pays a visit to the Sun Bowl.
Sat, Oct 20, 2018 10:31:00 PM

UTEP redshirt senior QB Ryan Metz completed 11-of-17 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's 31-24 loss at Louisiana Tech.

Metz also led the team with 28 rushing yards on 12 carries, which tells you a little bit about how one-sided the Miners offense was. Brandon Jones, the team's other QB, also rushed for a pair of scores, but UTEP slipped to 0-7. This might have been one of their best efforts, however. The Miners will try and scratch out their first win when UAB pays a visit next Saturday night.
Sat, Oct 20, 2018 10:27:00 PM

UTEP redshirt junior QB Kai Locksley (undisclosed) is day-to-day heading into Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech.

Locksley (6'4/200) was not healthy enough to take the field against North Texas prior to the bye week -- Ryan Metz started in his place and went on to finish with 313 passing yards and a 2/2 TD/INT ratio -- but with the extra time off, we're tentatively optimistic for his availability come Saturday. Whether Metz's strong performance two weekends ago will be cause enough to cut into Locksley's playing time remains to be seen.
Fri, Oct 19, 2018 04:25:00 PM

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