Showers and Tomlinson to Play at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
UTEP Seniors Jameill Showers and Eric Tomlinson accepted an invitation to the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The duo will be amongst some of the top-talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, January 17 at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also air live broadcasts from practices on January 14-15.
The seniors are the first Miners to play in an All-Star game since 2011 when Kris Adams participated in the Texas vs. The Nation.
Showers’s has been UTEP’s starting quarterback for the past two seasons. This season, the captain has connected on 146-of-262 passes for 1,732 yards and 12 touchdowns. He went on to rush 83 times for 288 yards and four touchdowns. He led the Miners with 2,020 total offensive yards. The quarterback guided UTEP to a shutout against UTSA, completing 12-of-18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns passes. He had a stellar showing against Kansas State throwing for a season-high 201 yards, 18 completions and four-touchdown passes.
Tomlinson was named to the John Mackey Midseason Watch List in his final season with the Miners. The tight end started in 10 games thisseason and was used heavily as a blocking tight end. He helped the rushing attack rank third in Conference USA averaging 212.7 yards per game. He hauled in 18 passes for 128 yards and a score this season. The senior caught four passes for 27 yards later in the season versus Rice.
UTEP Kick returner Autrey Golden, running back Aaron Jones and offensive lineman Jerel Watkins were announced to the All-Conference USA second team Tuesday, as selected by the league’s 13 head football coaches.
Golden, who was second team last season, is the current active leader in FBS in kickoff returns for touchdowns (six), while one away from tying the all-time record. The Willis, Texas native has returned two kickoffs for scores – in consecutive weeks. The first came against Southern Miss that Golden took 98 yards to the end zone, while the second was a 92-yard return at WKU. Golden averaged 24.2 yards per return, ranking eighth in conference. Golden also led UTEP with 31 receptions.
Jones led UTEP in rushing yards (1,233), rushing touchdowns (11), receiving scores (three), total touchdowns (14) and all-purpose yards(1,517). The El Paso, Texas native is only the ninth Miner to surpass the 1,000-yard mark. Jones registered six 100-plus yard games and six multi-touchdown games in 2014. He opened the campaign with a 237-yard, three-touchdown effort at New Mexico, while he ended the regular season with a 72-yard touchdown reception against Middle Tennessee.
Watkins started all 12 games at the left tackle position, while being the only senior on the offensive line. The native of Channelview, Texas helped pave the way for UTEP rushers to average 212.7 yards per game,ranking third in conference. The Miners also recorded 27 rushing touchdowns(sixth best in program history), while the rushing attack tallied four games of 300-plus yards. UTEP quarterbacks were only sacked 11 times in 12 games, ranking no. 1 in conference in sacks allowed.
Earning honorable mentions include offensive lineman Eric Lee, tight end Eric Tomlinson, defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris, linebacker Anthony Puente, and defensive backs Wesley Miller and Devin Cockrell.
This marks the first time since the 2009 season that three Miners earned conference honors during the same season.
The 2014 season will continue, as UTEP will take on Utah State in the Ninth Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 20 (12:20 p.m. MT kickoff).
UTEP football playler Wesley Miller was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team on Thursday.
The senior is the first football Miner in program history to garner the honor. The formerwalk-on sports a 3.94 undergraduate GPA in Business and Economics and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Economics with a 4.0 GPA.
The defensive captain leads the team in tackles with a total of 74 (42s/32a) and has the most solo stops this season. The defensive back played with a back injury early in the season against NM State. He posted an interception and added five tackles in giving the Miners a 42-24 victory. The former walk-on has led the UTEP defense in tackles in six contests this season.
Miller was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Middle Tennessee. The senior registered a career high 11 tackles and an interception. The Miners are bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.
EL PASO, Texas –UTEP soccer senior Hannah Asuchak (second team) and sophomore Aleah Davis (third team) have been voted to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s All-Central Region Team, the organization revealed Wednesday.
It marks the second time in as many years that Davis has been so honored (2013, third team) while it served as the first such recognition for Asuchak. UTEP has now placed at least one individual on the All-Region Central team in four straight years, the longest streak in program history.
“I am very happy for Hannah and Aleah to be represented on the All-Central Region team,” UTEP head coach Kevin Cross said.“This is quite an honor because the central region contains many of the best players and conferences.The honor is a reflection of their outstanding play as the coaches in the central region voted on the players.I am very appreciative of Hannah and Aleah’s strong play which helped lead UTEP Soccer to a great season.Both Hannah and Aleah would tell you that they would not have received this distinction if it was not for their awesome teammates.”
Asuchak started all 21 matches as a sweeper, helping the Miners elevate to an elite defensive squad. UTEP set single-season school standards for fewest goals allowed (15) and goals against average (0.67). Cross’s charges posted nine shutouts, the second most in a campaign in school annals, while keeping nine other opponents to just one goal.
Davis was a team leader who garnered ample attention from the opposition. She scored five goals, including a squad-high three during Conference USA action. She had three match winners, with a pair in league play, while also contributing a helper. Davis was a weapon with her long throw-ins. She also made an impact on defense, particularly on set pieces thanks to her ability of winning balls in the air.
Overall UTEP (12-5-4) won 12 games for a second straight year, marking the first time since it achieved the feat with six straight such seasons (2004-09). The Miners posted their second consecutive third-place finish in C-USA play while wrapping up the season riding an eight-match unbeaten streak.
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UTEP sophomore forward Vince Hunter was named the Conference USA Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks on Monday.
Hunter compiled three double-doubles in as many games as UTEP reached the championship game of the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy tournament Nov. 27-30. The Miners defeated Princeton (62-56) and Xavier (77-73) before falling to Washington (68-65) in the title game. His performance also earned him a spot on the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy All-Tournament Team. Hunter has had a double-double in all five games this season, the first Miner to achieve the feat in the first five contests of a season since All-American and #1 NBA Draft pick Jim Barnes in 1963. Hunter scored 43 of his 55 points in the second half during the tournament. He averaged 18.3 points and a tournament-high 12.3 rebounds in the three-day event, shooting 54.3 percent (19-for-35) from the field and 69.6 percent (16-for-23) from the line.
This is Hunter's second C-USA Player of the Week honor of the season and his career, but he won a season-best five C-USA Freshman of the Week awards last season.
The Miners (4-1) will play at Colorado State (6-0) on Wednesday night.
UTEP Senior Wesley Miller was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week the league announced on Monday.
The captain led the Miners defense to a 24-21 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. The former walk-on tied his career high 11 tackles versus the Blue Raiders. This marked the sixth contest of the season that Miller led the team in tackles. He topped the night with an interception giving the Miners a perfect 4-0, league record in the Sun Bowl.
This is the seniors’ first C-USA player of the week honor and the teams second of the season. UTEP secured a 7-5 winning season for the first time since 2005.
UTEP RB Aaron Jones was selected as one of the 16 semifinalists for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award the committee announced on Monday.
Jones is the only Conference USA player to be named a semifinalist for the award. The ElPaso native has left his mark this season as the Miners starting tailback. The sophomore rates 22nd among FBS players with 108.6 rushing yards per game, while ranking fourth in Conference USA. Jones has compiled an outstanding 1,086 yards this season. His current total rates 10th-best in program history and also checks him in as the ninth Miner to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
The running backs success doesn’t stop there as he rushed for a career-high 237 yards against New Mexico tying for the fifth-most in a game in school history andadded three touchdowns. Jones also has the 22nd-most rushing yards by an FBS player in a single game this season.
This year’s candidates include four quarterbacks, including our inaugural winner, six running backs and six wide receivers. Seven different conferences are also represented.
The 2014 semi-finalists are:
Jay Ajayi, Boise State, RB, Junior – Plano, Texas (Frisco Liberty HS) – Mountain West Conference
J. T.Barrett, Ohio State, QB, RS Freshman - Wichita Falls, Texas (Rider HS) – Big Ten
Trevone Boykin, TCU, QB, Junior - Dallas, Texas (West Mesquite HS) – Big 12
ShaneCarden, East Carolina, QB, Senior – Houston, Texas (Episcopal HS) – American Athletic Conference
David Cobb, Minnesota, RB, Senior - Killeen, Texas (Ellison HS) – Big Ten
UTEP Junior Anthony Rotich was named the US Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Mountain Region Athlete of the Year for the first time in his illustrious career on Tuesday.
“This is great news for our men’s cross country program, the entire athletics department and the whole university,” said head coach Paul Ereng. “Anthony’s hard work throughout the season has paid off, and he deserves the honor. “
The two-time All-American became the first male athlete in UTEP program history to take home the individual title at the NCAA Mountain Regionals. Rotich notched the title with a 10K time of 29:28.6. The native Kenyan has taken the individual title in six out of the eight meets he has competed in this year.
Rotich’s outstanding performance at the Mountain Regional propelled UTEP to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. This marks the first time since 2007 that the men’s team has made the 31-team field. Rotich has competed at the NCAA Championships the last two years (2012- 4th place, 2013- 19th place) as an individual.
The men’s NCAA Championship race will begin at 11 a.m. (MT) on Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
UTEP volleyball's Coline Coessens was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, as announced byleague officials on Tuesday.
Coessens is the first Miner to accomplish the feat since Jeane Horton and Melissa Toth in 2010. This is also the first All-Freshman honor in head coach Holly Watts’s tenure.
The outside hitter has seen action in 95 sets and started in 26 matches this season. Playing all six rotations, she leads the Orange and Blue in points (325), kills (279) and service aces (19).
A native of Belgium, Coessens has tallied a team-high 10 double-double performances and chipped in 224 digs, 43 total blocks and 16 assists. She has registered two matches with 20 or more kill and has led UTEP in kills in 13 matches this season.
Coessens recorded a career-high 25 kills against UAB (10/10/14), the 10th most kills in a C-USA match this season, in leading the Miners to victory. Defensively, she secured a career-best 18 digs versus FIU (11/7/14).
The Miners (6-21, 4-12 C-USA) will play their final home games of 2014 against rival NM State in the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 on Friday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. (MT) and versus TCU on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 1 p.m. in Memorial Gym.
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