UTEP Football Training Camp: Day One Postive in Ruidoso

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UTEP football took part in their first day of preseason training camp today in Ruidoso, New Mexico.  The Miners are a team mixed with veterans in key positions but young skill players, notably at running back.  UTEP must replace the school’s all-time leading rusher in Aaron Jones, who is now with the Packers, and it could be a unit by committee.  UTEP will have sophomore Walter Dawn, sophomore Quardraiz Wadley, sophomore Kevin Dove, freshman Josh Fields, and freshman Ronald Awatt.  Junior T.K. Powell could miss the season recovering from an injury, but participated in day one of preseason training camp.

“Day one is getting guys lined up right,” said head coach Sean Kugler, “but mainly to get the young guys acclimated. It’s the first time these guys have been on campus and on a practice team, they are nervous, don’t know where to go, you are just showing them how to practice the right way.”  Junior QB Ryan Metz said,”Day one you can always look at it and say we had these mistakes, it’s okay, it’s day one, no… We can’t have that mentality.”  Senior LB Alvin Jones added, “New players learning the players, old players getting back in to the groove of things… And start to play as a team, get the chemistry, and I think we did that.”

The Miners will continue practice tomorrow in Ruidoso, N.M. and will scrimmage for the first time on Sunday starting at 8: 45 a.m. MT.

UTEP opens the 2017 season at Oklahoma on Sept. 2 (1:30 p.m. MT). The home opener will also be the C-USA lid lifter as the Miners will host Rice on Sept. 9 and will follow with another home game against Arizona on Friday, Sept. 15 (8:15 p.m.). For season tickets call 915.747.6150 or email seasontickets@utep.edu.

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