Wednesday morning Kugler made official the biggest, most surprising change yet.
True freshman Mack Leftwich is the Minners' new quarterback.
A year removed from leading North Allegheny High to the Pennsylvania state championship and earning that state's player of the year honor, the 5-foot-10 Leftwich will lead 24-point underdog UTEP to Conference USA-leading North Texas Saturday.
Kugler indicated at Monday's press conference that UTEP's quarterback situation was up for examination following back-to-back seven-point games in the wake of the injury to Jameill Showers, hardly surprising considering Blaire Sullivvan had thrown four interceptions in 26 passing attempts.
The assumption at that point was that second-year freshman Garrett Simpson wouuld get his shot, but Kugler turned to the scout team and opted to burn Leftwich's redshirt.
At Wednesday's practice, Leftwich led the team on a length-of-the-field touchdown drive in the workout-opening session.