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Miners Add Freshman Running Back To Roster

To run successfully in a pro-style offense, you have to have a dynamic stable of horses, UTEP added another versatile athlete in Noah Siegrist.

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The running back stable of the future just got a little deeper as Noah Siegrist was officially added to the UTEP roster.

The Hudson, Florida native ran for 2,056 yards and 17 TDs to go along with a 5.3 yard per carry average as a two year Letterman for Hudson High School.

Siegrist was ranked as the number 15th running back in the state of Florida part of the class of 2014, and also boasts 3.35 GPA, and according to his website he has interest in a possible career in engineering after football.

He definitely fits the recruiting model Sean Kugler has laid out for the program: high production, and higher character.

Siegrist is a proven workhorse, racking up 20 or more carries in 8 out of 11 games his senior year, to go along with 423 yards returning kicks providing more intrigue and potential.

At 5'9 175lbs Siegrist runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds, but looks deceptively fast on film, and shows above average speed bursts once he hits the first level.  He is also very strong, and hard to bring down with just one tackler, bench pressing an impressive 275lb while his squats, and dead lifts are in the 400lbs range.

Another versatile running back that could become a nice dymamic weapon out of the back field and in the return game, and to quote the "great" Mel Kiper (I think Kiper is the ultimate DB by the way), I think this kid has huge "upside" with his skill set, and the UTEP offensive scheme.

Kugler said the days of recruiting smaller running backs would be over, but Siegrist appears to play with tremendous heart and fire, this could be a huge under the radar steal for Kugler in his staff that already has a solid catalog of true freshman running backs coming to El Paso in later this month.