|Jimmy Musgrave||LB||JUCO - Victory Valley CC||Victorville, CA||6'1||230 lbs||2 Star - Rivals|
Following a decorated career at Silverado High School, linebacker Jimmy Musgrave chose to walk-on at the University of Oregon, rather than take preferred walk-on status at other FBS schools, or accept a full ride to an FCS school.
In his time at Silverado, Musgrave was named the 2010 Daily Press Defensive Football Player of the Year, and was named to the 2011 All-Desert Sky League Football Team as a running back. In that 2011 season, he also racked up 105 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
In the fall of 2011, he tried out as a walk-on at Oregon, and became one of only three that season to walk-on and make the Ducks' roster. He would spend the majority of the 2011 and 2012 football seasons as a linebacker on the Oregon practice squad.
Following his two seasons with the Ducks, Musgrave then transferred to Victor Valley Community College where he spent the 2013 season, recording 95 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. He finished the season averaging 9.4 tackles per game, tops in the Mountain Conference.
He now joins the Miners for the 2014 season and will still have two years of eligibility remaining. And, considering the losses the Miners suffered at linebacker this year, Musgrave certainly enters with the possibility of contributing immediately.
What can't be understated about Jimmy Musgrave is his work ethic both on and off the field. The fact that he was one of only three walk-ons to make the Oregon roster speaks for itself, but he also earned the Presidential Academic Award in 2010, and maintained a 4.0 GPA at Victor Vally CC.
Musgrave seems to fit the profile of exactly what UTEP coach Sean Kugler is looking for. The linebacker enters with great size, experience, work ethic, and ability, and very well could start at insider linebacker for the Miners come this fall.
Of course, there is still a ton to be played out the rest of the Spring and Summer, but Musgrave is certainly one to keep an eye on throughout that time.
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