What else is new? Last year it was Donald Buckram that suffered a tough injury the week before opening day. This year, it's starting offensive tackle James Nelson. The 6'7, 330 pound veteran suffered a high angle sprain in the second half of UTEP's "mock game" scrimmage Saturday night.
Why was Nelson playing in the second half of a "mock game?" Mike Price blames his "competitive juices."
It looks like junior college transfer James Martin will get the bump into the starting line-up. Martin, of course, played for Mt. SAC with UTEP's starting QB Nick Lamaison last year.
"Everything I do, I think of injuries and the health of the players first. I’m kicking myself in the butt on why I didn’t stop it at halftime. I had that opportunity but my competitive juices were flowing and I wanted to do better.
"I should have closed it down at halftime. I’d feel better about myself and my team today. I’m gunshy, snake-bit because of all the injuries."