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  - UTEP defensive end Jadrian Taylor announced that he would enter his name into the 2023 NFL Draft. Taylor made the announcement on his Twitter on Sunday night. Taylor is coming off a spectacular 2022 season. In 12 games played, Taylor recorded 42 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. That one fumble recovery led to Taylor going 100-yards for a touchdown at Charlotte. Taylor's 9.5 total sacks on the season were enough to lead Conference USA. The cherry on top of his senior season was a place on the 2022 All-Conference USA first team. - KTSM

rSr/2023 OLB Jadrian TaylorTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM: DE: Praise Amaewhule, UTEP,...Amaewhule, a three-time member of the all-conference team, tallied 25 tackles with 2.0 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, a team-high eight QB hurries and two pass breakups. The Katy, Texas, product currently has 17.5 career sacks, ranking second in program history. He needs 3.0 to break the program's all-time mark. The redshirt-junior tallied a season-high seven tackles and added a sack against MT. He added his second sack of the season at Rice the next week. - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2024 DE Praise AmaewhuleTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM: DE: Jadrian Taylor, UTEP,...Taylor made national news when he scooped up a fumble and dashed 100 yards for a touchdown at Charlotte on Oct. 1. Taylor leads C-USA with 9.5 sacks while ranking tied for ninth in FBS. Taylor concluded his career by producing 42 tackles with 11.5 tackles for loss (74 yards), four pass breakups, four hurries and a forced fumble, starting in all 12 games. Taylor totaled 3.0 sacks at Charlotte while he registered a career-high eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and recorded a pair of sacks against FAU. The Lufkin, Texas, product tallied four tackles and a sack at no. 9 OU, and registered sacks against LA Tech, Middle Tennessee, FIU (0.5) and UTSA. Taylor wrapped up his career ranked with 16.0 sacks and is tied for fourth in program history. - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2023 OLB Jadrian TaylorTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: LB: Cal Wallerstedt, UTEP,...Wallerstedt, who started the season as the fourth-string linebacker, tied for the team lead with 95 tackles, while ranking second on the squad with 8.0 sacks. The Harrisburg, N.C., product led the Miners with 14.5 tackles for loss (52 yards), while rating second in C-USA. Wallerstedt saw his first real action at the linebacker position on the big stage at no. 9 OU. Wallerstedt tallied 1.0 sack with five tackles. Wallerstedt led the Miners with nine tackles in a win over rival NM State, while he registered a career-high 2.0 sacks at New Mexico. Against FAU, he recorded his first career double-digit tackle performance with 11 stops. He amassed a career-high 14 tackles against MT to go along with 2.0 sacks. Wallerstedt added 10 tackles at Rice. Wallerstedt totaled 51 tackles the last five games of the season (10.2 tackles per game). - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2024 ILB Cal WallerstedtTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: DT: Keenan Stewart, UTEP,...Stewart, earning an honorable mention for the second straight season, tallied 23 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. The redshirt-junior has produced 92 tackles with 17.5 tackles and 2.5 sacks for loss during his career. Stewart registered a 0.5 sack against FIU, and tallied a season-high seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss against Middle Tennessee. - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2024 DT Keenan StewartTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: DT: Kelton Moss, UTEP,...Moss, earning an honorable mention for the second straight season, started in 11 games in 2022, while starting in all 31 games played in his career. The Jonesboro, La., product totaled 33 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss (17 yards), 1.5 sacks and four hurries. Moss recorded a sack against FIU, while gathering a season-high four tackles at UTSA. The senior concluded his career with 76 tackles and 2.5 sacks. - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2023 DT Kelton MossTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: PR: Marcus Bellon, UTEP,...Bellon produced multiple highlights in his first season with the Miners. The Truckee, Calif., product, and transfer from Santa Barbara College, returned a punt 47 yards for a touchdown that put UTEP up 20-10 and led to an eventual upset win over Boise State. Bellon also tallied a 52-yard scoring reception at LA Tech. Overall, Bellon returned 17 punts for 100 yards, while adding 83 yards on five receptions. - Texas-El Paso Football

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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: DB: Dennis Barnes, UTEP,...Barnes tied for the team lead with six pass breakups in 12 games started. The senior added 43 tackles with 3.0 tackles for loss a QB hurry and a blocked kick. The Jefferson City, Mo., product tallied two pass breakups and four tackles during UTEP's upset win over Boise State. Barnes concludes his career with 124 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a sack and two interceptions. - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2023 CB Dennis BarnesTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM: LS: Angelo Tejada, UTEP,...Tejada started all 12 games as the long snapper and is the first UTEP long snapper to be named all-conference since 2011 (Matt Camilli). The San Antonio, Texas, product has played in 33 career games. Tejada registered a tackle on special teams at no. 9 Oklahoma. The sophomore was part of a special teams' unit that averaged over 44 yards a punt, while opponents didn't block one punt. The Miners were a perfect 31-of-31 on PATs and 22-of-24 on field goals. - Texas-El Paso Football

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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM: LB: Tyrice Knight, UTEP,...Knight tied for the team lead with 95 tackles while ranking tied eighth in C-USA in total tackles. Knight averaged 7.9 tackles per game, placing tied seventh in the league. The product of Lakeland, Fla., added a 13-yard fumble return at Charlotte for his first career touchdown. Knight also tallied 6.5 tackles for loss (23 yards), five pass breakups, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a sack and his second career interception. The redshirt-junior has produced 251 career tackles in 33 games played (7.6 per game). Against the 49ers, Knight added seven tackles and a sack (nine-yard loss). Knight recorded four double-digit tackle contests. His season best was 14 stops at New Mexico, while he opened the campaign with 11 tackles against North Texas. Knight tallied 10 tackles against MT, and responded with 12 more at Rice the next week. Knight intercepted a pass against rival NM State. - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2024 ILB Tyrice KnightTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM: K: Gavin Baechle, UTEP,...Baechle concluded his career as one of the top kickers in program history. The McKinney, Texas, product leads C-USA with 22 field goals, and ranks fourth nationally. Baechle's 91.7 percent (22-24) leads C-USA while rating second in FG attempts. Baechle concluded his career as UTEP's all-time leader with 58 made field goals. While his 22 consecutive makes are also a school record. Baechle's 22 makes in '22 is a career high while it ranks second all-time for a single season in school history. Baechle's 97 points ranks fifth, and his 8.1 points per game checks in third in C-USA. Other Baechle's highlights included the walk-off, game-winning field goal to beat Florida Atlantic and driving a career-long 54-yard make through the uprights at no. 9 Oklahoma on national television. Baechle finished 31-for-31 on extra point attempts in 2022 and ended his career at 110-of-111 on PATs. Baechle's 99.1 percent ranks no. 1 all-time in program history. - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2023 K Gavin BaechleTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: OL: Elijah Klein, UTEP,...Steven Hubbard, Elijah Klein, Justin Mayers, Andrew Meyer rounded out the remainder of the starting five of the offensive line to earn all-conference recognition. Hubbard started the last 10 games, while Klein and Mayers started all 12 contests. Meyer played in all 12 games, starting in 11. Their efforts in the trenches helped the offense gain over 400 yards in six games, while tallying 500+ yards in two of those contests. UTEP rushed for 252 yards at Charlotte, added 234 against FAU, amassed 335 yards versus FIU and tallied 253 at UTSA. - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2024 OG Elijah KleinTexas-El Paso
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  2022 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION: OL: Andrew Meyer, UTEP,...Steven Hubbard, Elijah Klein, Justin Mayers, Andrew Meyer rounded out the remainder of the starting five of the offensive line to earn all-conference recognition. Hubbard started the last 10 games, while Klein and Mayers started all 12 contests. Meyer played in all 12 games, starting in 11. Their efforts in the trenches helped the offense gain over 400 yards in six games, while tallying 500+ yards in two of those contests. UTEP rushed for 252 yards at Charlotte, added 234 against FAU, amassed 335 yards versus FIU and tallied 253 at UTSA. - Texas-El Paso Football

rSr/2024 C Andrew MeyerTexas-El Paso
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  UTEP defensive back Dennis Barnes announced his intentions of entering the 2023 NFL Draft on Sunday evening. Barnes made the new official on his social media pages. Barnes was a three-year starter for the Miners, mainly at the nickelback position the last two years. A junior college transfer in 2020, Barnes had 43 total tackles in 2022, fifth on the team. In 2021, Barnes had 59 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble. He is the first Miners player to publicly announce his intentions of turning pro. - KTSM

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  2022 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gavin Baechle, UTEP, K,...UTEP K Gavin Baechle is the league's Special Teams Player of the Year after a stellar season for the Miners in El Paso. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist finished 22-24 on field goals with a long of 54 yards, and he finished a perfect 31-31 on extra points. After missing his first field goal attempt of the season, Baechle hit his next 22 attempts for the Miners. Additionally, the McKinney, Texas, native registered 40 touchbacks on 63 kickoff attempts. Baechle finished the season ranked fourth nationally in field goals per game (1.83) and 12th in field goal percentage (91.7%). - Conference USA Football

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