UTEP Football Takes Part in first Scrimmage of Spring
Redshirt freshman quarterback Carson Meger completed 10 of 17 passes for 167 yards and was responsible for the only touchdown of the day as UTEP conducted its first football scrimmage of the spring on Friday in the Sun Bowl.
Meger connected with sophomore wide receiver Lavorick Williams for a 32-yard touchdown in the 80-play scrimmage. Junior Mike Scott booted three field goals -- from 28, 37 and 32 yards respectively -- to complete the scoring.
“It was a good, not great, scrimmage I would say,” UTEP coach Mike Price said. “We have some work to do. I feel like I’m a judge on American Idol right now, and not a nice one.”
With senior running back Donald Buckram “dinged up” according to Price, Meger and sophomore Tim Curry went to the air and completed 16 passes for 246 yards. Williams was the Miners’ leading receiver with two catches for 84 yards, and freshman Domingo Torres, a product of El Paso’s Montwood High School, ran four times for 41 yards.
“Both quarterbacks played well,” Price said. “We had a few problems with offsides and quarterback exchanges. Torres ran very well and the o-line blocked well for the run at times.”
Junior lineman Bernard Obi was a standout for UTEP on defense, finishing with six tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive back Braxton Amy and freshman defensive lineman Adam Ayala were each credited with four stops, and Ayala added a pass break-up. Junior defensive back Antwon Blake recorded the game’s lone interception when he picked off Meger in the end zone.
“We made some big plays in the secondary,” Price said. “Obi and (sophomore defensive back) Drew Thomas were active.”
UTEP has six spring practices in the books and nine remaining, starting on Tuesday with the much-anticipated return of suspended quarterback Trevor Vittatoe. The Miners will work out on Glory Field at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.