Del Valle Grad Gets Second Chance with Miners


POSTED: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 6:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 7:01pm

Entering the second week of Camp Socorro, UTEP has yet to name a starting quarterback. Nick Lamaison, Tate Smith, Javia Hall, and Carson Meger will soon find out who will be leading the offense in week 1 of the season. But take a look a little further down the depth chart and you may see a familiar face. As a senior in 2009, Jordan Baeza posted monster numbers collecting 3,435 passing yards and completing 63% of his passes for 37 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions while leading the Conquistadors to a 9-3 record.

Jordan had decided to end his football career after that, choosing instead to focus on academics and enrolling at UTEP. It was not long, though, before Baeza had the football itch once again.

"I was talking to my head coach telling him I miss football. Told him I had to get onto a team and Mike Price let me walk on and everything has been good from there," said Baeza.

Price will redshirt Jordan this season to allow him to become familiar with the Miner's offense but Baeza says he hopes to one day do more than be a reserve player.

"I want to win. I want to win, I came from a winning team, always came up short in playoffs so now I'm trying to win," said Baeza. "I want to start and be the hometown hero."

But for now, Jordan is just happy to be back playing the game he loves. 

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