Cornerback Drew Thomas, who worked out Tuesday, didn't practice Wednesday and was coy when asked if he would play, saying only, "I hope so." Practice was closed and Thomas gave no indication what his injury might be.
UTEP better hope he plays as well. No. 3 corner Adrian James is definitely out with an ankle sprain, meaning the Miners' next two players there after Darren Woodard are Terr'l Mark, who was a walk on until a month ago and has rarely played, and little-used C.J. Haley.
This is especially pressing this week, as New Mexico State's Austin Franklin is second in the nation in receiving.
One option would be to move a safety over to corner, as UTEP has good depth at safety. Deshawn Grayson is a team captain and probably the best fit for an emergency position switch.