El Paso, TX — Former Miners Kevin Perry and James Davidson sign free agent deals on Saturday.
Perry was offered a free agent agreement with the Washington Redskins. The tight end appeared in 43 games for the Miners from 2010-13. The Opelousas, La. Native recorded 29 receptions for 344 yards during his time with the Orange and Blue. As a sophomore, Perry caught 17 receptions for 203 yards and was the only UTEP tight end to register more than 200 yards in receptions on the year. The former Miner caught a career long reception of 34-yards against Houston (2012). Perry was on the UTEP basketball team for two seasons.
Davidson signed a free agent deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. The defensive lineman played for the Miners from 2010-13 and compiled 111 stops (41ua/70a) and 8.5 sacks. The Huntsville, Texas native started in all 12 games last season for the Miners and lead the team in sacks and registered a season total of 53 tackles (18ua/35a) which marks a career-best.
The Miners will kick off the 2014 season on August 30 in Albuquerque, N.M. versus the Lobos.
As for New Mexico State, former Aggies Davonte Wallace and TraShaun Nixon signed as undrafted rookie free agents.
Wallace was a 4-year starter at NMSU and is a graduate of Irvin High School in El Paso. The 6-foot-3, 308-pound offensive lineman signed a free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins.
Nixon signed a free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints. The linebacker played two season in Las Cruces after transfering from Ventura College. He is the younger brother of former UTEP defensive back Travon Nixon.
The Aggies kick off the 2014 season Thursday, August 28th at home versus Cal Poly.