No, quarterback Trevor Vittatoe is not hurt. Bet that any Miner who even breaths on the junior-to-be loses his scholarship. UTEP has absolutely no chance of a winning season without a healthy Vittatoe.
UTEP can't afford serious injuries to any of the top players. The Miners are not deep in talent — never have been. And the schedule is not favorable. No way will UTEP beat Texas or Kansas. That means the Miners will have to win seven of their other 10 games to finish with a winning season (7-5). As one poster this week correctly pointed out, a lot of any team's fortunes rest on how good the opponents will be. UTEP should be much better this year. Does that add up to more wins?
Back to the injuries: Are 23 surgeries (and counting?) somebody's fault? Bad shoes? Bad Sun Bowl turf? (Actually it is worn). Death-march-type assistant coaches?
The operative word here is FLUKE. That many injuries has to be either a FLUKE or a Rio Grande tsunami.
Now back to spring practice:
"Men," says Coach Mike Price. "Today the offense is required to sit in the whirlpool. The defense will ride stationary bikes."