Three Miners named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Conference USA Team


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – UTEP had three players selected to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Conference USA teams, the 2020 college football preview magazine announced on Monday.

Duron Lowe is selected as a third team kick returner and fourth team defensive back. Offensive lineman Bobby DeHaro and wide receiver Jacob Cowing also representing the Miners on the magazine’s fourth team.

Lowe earned All-Conference USA Honorable Mention accolades as a kick returner in 2019. He returned 11 kickoffs for 281 yards with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against North Texas. Lowe’s average of 25.5 yards per return led the team as he became just the fifth Miner in program history to post a 100-yard kickoff return.

Defensively, Lowe started 11 games in the secondary in his first season as a Miner. He tallied 25 tackles (20 solo) with the second-most pass breakups on the team with six. Lowe also added a forced fumble during the 2019 campaign.

Cowing saw action in every game as a true freshman for the Miners, making seven starts. He led UTEP in receiving yards (550), touchdown receptions (3), receiving yards per game (45.8), and yards per reception (17.7) last season.

Additionally, Cowing led all Conference USA freshmen and ranked No. 13 nationally among freshmen wide receivers with 550 yards. He came on strong late in the season with 441 receiving yards over the final six games of the season. Cowing also set a UTEP freshman record with 145 receiving yards against Charlotte. He at least one reception in all but one game a season ago.

DeHaro, a former Montwood High School standout, earned All-Conference USA Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season in 2019 after starting every game for the Miners at left guard. He helped pave the way for a UTEP rushing attack that averaged 138.2 yards per game. He also led an offensive line that guided the Miners to 18 rushing touchdowns on the season. DeHaro was part of an offensive unit that ranked seventh nationally and first in Conference USA in fourth down conversion percentage.

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