Prediction: Coach Mike Price can't just stuff redshirt fireshman running back between the scrubs on the bench, just because he has three senior running backs on the roster.
I would not be surprised if Jeffrey was the No. 2 ball carrier behind Joe Banyard, one of the three seniors. Running back is one position a freshman, right out of high school, can excel at in college. The list of four-year star runners - some eventually All-Americans - is long in major college annals.
Jeffrey looked good at Camp Socorro . And his high school stats were astounding, even though he played for a Class 2A high school (Caddo Mills). He had 2,900 yards rushing his senior season, averaging 8.1 yards. In his last two seasons he rushed for 300 or more yards in a game five times and 200 or more yards in a game 16 times.
OK, 2A isn't 5A. But 2A kids are just as big and strong and fast; there just aren't as many on a team. Schools are classified based on enrollment. Price can't be thinking he'll run just three seniors, none of which have shown they are big-time college backs.
Banyard is OK. He's trusty and dogged and has some speed. Vernon Frazier is a zig-zagger who is dangerous in the open field, but isn't going to drag any tacklers. Leilon Myers is a plower, a guy who can run into the opposing line for two yards when needed.
Unless Price has a secret super star-to-be down in grayshirt land, or there's something UTEP isn't saying about Jeffrey, Price would be wise to let Jeffrey show his stuff as a freshman - and maybe the Miners can have a star running back for four seasons.