UTEP Football: Spring Ball Gets Underway Monday

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The UTEP football team starts spring practices Monday March 3rd.

Sean Kugler announced that Monday will be the start of the Miners 2014 spring workouts.

UTEP will practice Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, taking a week break March 11th through the 15th, the same week of the C-USA tournament for basketball.

All practices are closed to the public and media.

The Spring Game will be Friday April 11th at 7 PM inside the Sun Bowl.

UTEP will also host their Senior Pro Day on April 10th.

This marks the second year of Spring Drills under coach Sean Kugler.

The Miners get a first full offseason with the new schemes on both sides of the ball under Kugler, and with plenty questions after a 2-10 season, this spring session maybe crucial in the growth of next fall's team.

Here is the Miners spring roster courtesy of UTEP Athletics.


1 Adrian James DB 6-0 195 SR 3L Dallas, Texas (Skyline HS)

1 Jameill Showers QB 6-2 230 SR 1L Killeen, Texas (Texas A&M)

2 Ishmael Harrison DB 6-0 195 JR 2L Red Oak, Texas (Red Oak HS)

3 Traun Roberson DB 6-0 195 SR 1L DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)

4 Jarrad Shaw WR 5-9 190 SR 0L Los Angeles, Calif. (El Camino JC)

5 Leon Hayes DB 5-10 200 SO 1L Las Vegas, Nev. (Desert Pines HS)

6 Brandon Moss WR 6-3 190 SO 1L El Paso, Texas (Chapin HS)

7 Nick Gathrite DB 5-9 175 SR 1L Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Community College)

8 Autrey Golden RB 5-11 180 JR 2L Willis, Texas (Willis HS)

9 Tyler Batson WR 6-0 195 FR HS Spring, Texas (Westfield HS)

10 Guillermo Serrano QB 6-0 210 JR 0L El Paso, Texas (North Texas)

11 Malcolm Trail WR 6-1 200 SR 3L Dallas, Texas (Life School Oak Cliff HS)

12 Ryan Metz QB 6-4 205 FR HS El Paso, Texas (Andress HS)

13 Wesley Miller DB 5-10 195 SR 3L Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial HS)

14 Ian Hamilton WR 6-5 225 SR 2L Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena City College)

15 Jeremiah Laufasa RB 6-0 215 JR TR Bothell, Wash. (Washington State)

16 Alvin Jones LB 5-10 210 FR RS El Paso, Texas (Burges HS)

16 Mack Leftwich QB 5-10 190 SO 1L Wexford, Penn. (North Allegheny HS)

17 Garrett Simpson QB 6-7 250 SO 1L The Colony, Texas (The Colony HS)

18 Jimmy Musgrave LB 6-0 235 JR TR Victorville, Calif. (Victor Valley College)

19 Katrae Ford TE 6-5 250 SR 3L Houston, Texas (Westfield HS)

19 Ricky Williams DB 5-9 170 FR RS El Paso, Texas (Chapin HS)

21 Dashone Smith DB 6-0 200 SO 1L Spring, Texas (Klein Oak HS)

22 Jameel Erving DB 6-1 205 SR 1L Fontana, Calif. (Riverside CC)

23 Josh Bell RB 6-0 220 SR 2L Sugar Land, Texas (Kempner HS)

25 Nathan Jeffery RB 6-0 210 SR 3L Caddo Mills, Texas (Caddo Mills HS)

26 Da’Carlos Renfro DB 5-10 175 JR 1L Orange, Texas (West Orange-Stark HS)

27 Devin Cockrell DB 5-11 185 SO 1L Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial HS)

29 Aaron Jones RB 5-10 185 SO 1L El Paso, Texas (Burges HS)

30 Darrin Laufasa RB 6-1 235 SO 1L Bothell, Wash. (Bothell HS)

31 Robert Spencer DB 6-0 190 SR 1L Tyler, Texas (John Tyler HS)

32 LaQuintus Dowell DB 5-10 205 JR 2L Humble, Texas (Humble HS)

33 Lawrence Montegut LB 6-1 220 FR HS La Marque, Texas (La Marque HS)

34 Anthony Puente LB 5-11 225 SR 3L San Antonio, Texas (Marshall HS)

35 Trey Brown LB 6-0 215 JR 2L Brownwood, Texas (Lancaster HS)

36 Nick Usher DL 6-3 235 SO 1L Los Angeles, Calif. (Serra HS)

37 Mikael Sroka K/P 5-10 185 FR RS Argyle, Texas (Liberty Christian HS)

38 Natanael Rodriguez DB 6-1 200 JR 0L EL Paso, Texas (Jefferson HS)

40 Cooper Brock DL 6-4 260 SR 2L Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove HS)

43 Roy Robertson-Harris DL 6-7 255 JR 2L Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie HS)

44 Cooper Foster LB 6-1 210 SO 1L Cedar Park, Texas (Vista Ridge HS)

45 Jacob Martinez RB 5-7 210 JR 0L El Paso, Texas (Cathedral HS)

46 Joseph Pickett K/P 6-3 170 SO 0L Temple, Texas (Angelo State)

47 Jay Mattox K/P 6-0 185 SO 1L Las Vegas, Nev. (Las Vegas HS)

48 Ranique Lovett RB 6-0 250 FR RS El Paso, Texas (Irvin HS)

49 Daniel Carrillo LB 5-11 215 SO 0L El Paso, Texas (El Paso HS)

52 Dewan Edmonson DL 6-1 285 FR RS Manvel, Texas (Manvel HS)

53 DeAndre Little LB 6-2 240 SR 3L Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. (Buena HS)

54 Silas Firstley DL 6-1 265 SO 1L Mesquite, Texas (Poteet HS)

56 Dominic Matson DL 6-2 240 JR 0L San Antonio, Texas (Warren HS)

59 Paulo Melendez OL 6-3 305 SR 2L El Paso, Texas (Horizon HS)

60 Eric Lee OL 6-1 295 JR 0L Riverside, Calif. (Riverside City College)

61 Jacob Bejarano DT 6-1 275 JR 0L El Paso, Texas (New Mexico Military Institute)

62 Kyle Brown OL 6-2 285 SR 3L Conroe, Texas (Conroe HS)

63 Gino Bresolin DL 6-2 285 SO 1L Redmond, Washington (Eastlake HS)

64 Nick Dooley LS 6-8 310 JR 2L Scottsdale, Ariz. (Scottsdale Christian Academy)

67 Christian Harper OL 6-4 285 SO 1L Galena Park, Texas (North Shore HS)

68 Josh Silvas OL 6-4 350 JR TR El Paso, Texas (New Mexico Military Institute)

69 Jerel Watkins OL 6-3 295 SR 3L Channelview, Texas (Channelview HS)

70 Jerome Daniels OL 6-3 295 SO 1L Little Elm, Texas (Little Elm HS)

71 Erik Ramirez OL 6-3 285 FR RS El Paso, Texas (Del Valle HS)

73 Chris Thummel OL 6-4 280 FR RS El Paso, Texas (Hanks HS)

74 John De La Rosa OL 6-6 310 SO 0L Bay City, Texas (Bay City HS)

75 Derek Elmendorff OL 6-3 310 FR RS El Paso, Texas (Franklin HS)

76 Will Hernandez OL 6-3 320 FR RS Las Vegas, Nev. (Chaparral HS)

77 Chris Thomas OL 6-4 325 SO TR Lancaster, Texas (Cisco College)

80 Jacob Garcia WR 5-11 185 SR 0L El Paso, Texas (Riverside HS)

81 Sterling Napier TE 6-4 245 FR HS Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland HS)

82 Nick Jones TE 6-7 260 JR TR Buffalo, N.Y. (Erie Community College)

83 Jaquan White WR 5-11 190 SO 0L Dallas, Texas (Lancaster HS)

84 Cole Freytag WR 6-3 190 RS SO 1L El Paso, Texas (Coronado HS)

86 Daniel Siller WR 6-1 200 JR 0L Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico (Universidad de las Americas Puebla)

87 Eric Tomlinson TE 6-7 265 SR 3L Klein, Texas (Klein HS)

89 Cole Rogers TE 6-4 225 FR RS Dripping Springs, Texas (Dripping Springs HS)

90 Maurice Chavis DL 6-1 275 SR 1L Tucson, Ariz. (Pima CC)

91 Vince Czerniewski DL 6-0 290 JR 0L Pittsburgh, Pa. (Duquesne)

92 Alex Villarreal DT 6-4 300 JR TR Hidalgo, Texas (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College)

93 Matthew Heard LB 6-3 225 JR 0L El Paso, Texas (NM State)

95 Devante Richardson DL 6-2 290 SO 0L Fort Worth, Texas (Juan Seguin HS)

96 Mike Ruggles K/P 6-6 210 SO 1L Lutz, Fla. (Steinbrenner HS)

97 Brian Madunezim DL 6-3 260 SO 0L Houston, Texas (Nimitz HS)

98 Eddie Custard DL 6-1 230 JR TR Faunsdale, Ala. (Alabama)


Sean Kugler - Head Coach

Logan Barrett - Graduate Assistant Operations

Aaron Becker - Student Assistant Operations

Patrick Higgins - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

Scott Stoker - Defensive Coordinator

Andrew Browning - Defensive Line Coach

Kirk Davis - Speed, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Gabe Franklin - Defensive Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Cornell Jackson - Running Backs Coach

Spencer Leftwich - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line

Brian Natkin - Tight Ends Coach/Special Team Coordinator

Nate Poss - Asst. Athletic Dir. for Football Ops.

Robert Rodriguez - Assistant Special Team Coordinator/Nickelbacks/Saf.

Todd Whitten - Wide Receivers Coach

Tyler Bailey - Graduate Assistant Offense

Weston Glaser - Graduate Assistant Defense

Frank Halliburton - Graduate Assistant Offense

Jeremy Springer - Graduate Assistant Defense

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