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UTEP football kicks off in camp Ruidoso

Adrian Broaddus
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The UTEP Miner football team is out in Ruidoso, New Mexico, for training camp, which runs from Aug. 3 and ends Aug. 12. This will be the fourth year in a row that the team will head to Ruidoso for camp.

With a new head coach at the helm for the Miners, a new era in UTEP football has begun which also includes lots of excitement for this season. Here’s a few things to watch out for at Camp Ruidoso this year.

Bright Spots in the Offense

This is one of if not the most crucial parts in improving this football team from last year’s winless season. Being able to succeed on the offensive side will relieve a lot of stress on the defensive side of the game plan. UTEP was ranked last in almost every statistical offensive category, averaging only eleven points a game last season.

Quarterback Battle

With senior quarterback Ryan Metz returning some competition at his position in the form of JUCO talent Kai Locksley is set in front of him. Both quarterbacks are extremely talented, but who knows, maybe one might outshine the other at Camp Ruidoso and inch closer to the top spot on the depth chart.

Utilizing Talent

Returning receiver Warren Reddix, who had 128 receiving yards last season to go along with a touchdown catch, will definitely be utilized more this season if the Miners would like to improve on offense. Lastly the run game will need to be one major point of emphasis for this team as last season, where as a team the Miners only rushed for a total of 1,167 yards and only 3.3 yards a carry. The longest run all season for the Miners came from Walter Dawn Jr. with a run of 29 yards. Running back Joshua Fields will look to get more reps this season and produce big numbers for this offense. Last season, the El Paso back rushed for 362 yards averaging 4.1 yards a carry to go along with two rushing touchdowns and 89 carries.

Defense must be a focal point

In the 2016-17 season, the Miners allowed an average of 36 points a game and almost allowed 446 yards of total offense a game. With five returning defensive starters, such as Nik Needham, who shined in the secondary, and defensive back Kahaani Smith the defensive should see much improvement.



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Isaiah Ramirez
Isaiah Ramirez is a senior multimedia journalism major at the University of Texas at El Paso. Isaiah has worked for the university’s paper The Prospector since Spring 2018 and has held the position as a sports editor and is currently a reporter at the publication. During the fall semesters he also works as an on-air reporter for Football Friday Nights a weekly radio show showcasing local football games broadcasted by 600 ESPN El Paso. He covers local news as well as local and UTEP sporting events such as football, men’s and women’s basketball, and has covered the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl game and two-time NBA champion Danny Green’s basketball camp here in the Sun City.
Adrian Broaddus, Sports Editor
Adrian Broaddus is the sports editor for The Prospector. He is a junior multimedia journalism major with a minor in political science.   Adrian was born and raised in El Paso, TX, and is a graduate of Franklin high school. He entered college in the fall of 2015 in hopes to better his career in journalism.   Along with sports, Adrian enjoys writing music reviews, perspective columns and news stories on politics.   Although he is pursuing his degree in journalism, Adrian would like to go to law school and be an attorney while doing part-time work in journalism.  
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UTEP football kicks off in camp Ruidoso