Ahead of next Monday's start of spring practices, UTEP updated their official roster for the first time since the end of the 2016 season.
Starting with a look at some freshman, 2015 signees Dedrick Simpson (LB), Ronald Awatt (RB), Richie Rodriguez (WR), Josh Ortega (DL), Bobby DeHaro (OL) all gray shirted and have made the spring roster.
Now it appears UTEP lost a defensive end as Foster Dixson is no longer listed on the roster. Dixson saw some action late last season, and is also no longer listed on the UTEP Student directory either.
Also, Kobi McGary is nowhere to be found on the updated roster as well. McGary was a key special teamer, and a package safety in the Miners dime and nickel looks last season.
Long Snapper Chance Bishop is also no longer listed on the updated spring roster.
At tight end, former BYU tight end Josh Weeks who has been enrolled at UTEP since last semester is now on the roster and wear number 86.
David Lucero will wear #18 as him and Weeks will battle to set themselves as UTEP's tight end rotation.
A local El Paso running back, Jonathan Milan is also on the roster. Milan was a three year starter at El Paso-Coronado, and the power back is listed as a sophomore.
Michael Lewis, who missed last season with an academic issue, TK Powell who Sean Kugler said was dealing with an academic eligibility issue last season, and Treyvon Hughes who missed last season with injury are listed as juniors meaning they lost a year which figures to be something they could apply for later on in their UTEP careers.
Of note, Kavika Johnson is still listed as a quarterback, and Brandon Moss is still listed as a defensive back though both are expected to be with the wide receiver group when spring practices start next week.
Place kicking is a huge question and UTEP returns Alan Luna, and Jason Filley, but also added El Pasoan Andrew Zubia who had been kicking at Benedictine College.
JUCO transfer Kahani Smith will wear #24, and Kalaii Griffin will wear #7.
UTEP starts spring practice on Monday March 6th, and the spring game is slated for Friday April 14th.
2017 Spring Roster