In 2009, UTEP runner Donald Buckram gained 1,594 yards - 132 yards a game. He was hurt just before the 2010 season, but was announced as probable for the first game. But no. Didn't play. Second game? Probably OK. Oops. Didn't play that one either. This went on for the first half of the season. He was likely to play - until game day.
Buckram would wind up appearing in seven games, starting six. He got 612 yards in half a season, still not bad at all.
This year UTEP has another good running back, sophomore Nathan Jeffery. He gained 177 yards against Oklahoma in the season opener, but pulled a groin in the fourth quarter.
Indications were he would play Saturday at Ole Miss. He didn't. But he might be OK for this week's home game against rival New Mexico State. Yes? We'll have to see.
How badly is Jeffery really hurt? UTEP needs Jeffery.