Miners Aim to Contain Keenum
The UTEP Miner football team didn't get spend their labor day weekend basking in the glory of a big season opening win against FCS opponent Arkansas-Pine Bluff. That is because they face a short week before a big conference opener against offensive juggernaut Houston and the big arm of Case Keenum.
Last season the Cougar signal caller threw for 44 touchdowns and nearly 5,700 yards. This season he returns with a tallented corp of offensive targets and after a 68-28 blowout against Texas State in their opener, it doesn't seem that they have lost a step.
UTEP could be expecting a boost from their offensive power house, running back Donald Buckram, who says he expects to play this week. Buckram missed the season opener after injurying his knee in practice two days earlier. MRI tests were negative, but coaches held him out as a precaution.
However, should Buckram not be able to make it for whatever reason, his backups, Juniors Joe Banyard and Vernon Frazier (183 yd., 2 TD's combined against APB) showed Head Coach Mike Price they are more than capable of picking up the slack.
"I thought they did a great job," said Price. "But we can still improve and the players want to improve and they've got a real good attitude right now about wanting to improve, and knowing they have some things to correct."
Price and his crew will have one less day to get it all figured out, UTEP visits Houston this Friday at 8:15pm.