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  10/17/21 - Deion HankinsrSo/2024, Texas-El Paso, 5-11, 215 (DS#25 RB) + More +

  Deion Hankins ran for two first-quarter touchdowns and Texas-El Paso earned its fourth-straight win, rolling past Louisiana Tech, 19-3 in a Conference USA battle on Saturday night. Gavin Hardison completed 19 of 29 passes for 283 yards and had one pass picked off. Jacob Cowing caught nine passes for 166 yards. The Miners (6-1, 3-0) picked off Louisiana Tech's Austin Kendall three times, held the Bulldogs to 92 yards rushing and tackled Marcus Williams Jr. for a 1-yard loss and a safety in the second quarter. Jacob Barnes connected on a 25-yard field goal for Louisiana Tech's only score with 6:56 to play in the first half. Kendall was 13 of 27 for 164 yards for the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-1). Gavin Baechle scored the only points of the second half on a 41-yard field goal with 38 seconds left in the third quarter. UTEP lost three fumbles and and committed four turnovers. - Texas-El Paso/AP College Football

(DS#25 RB) rSo/2024 RB Deion HankinsTexas-El Paso
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  Breon Heyward scooped up a fumble and raced 53 yards for a touchdown to spark UTEP to a 26-13 win over Southern Mississippi on Saturday night. Ronald Awatt ran for 159 yards and a touchdown and Jacob Cowing broke free for a 53-yard touchdown to give UTEP a 14-7 halftime advantage. Jake Lange threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jason Brownlee in the first quarter to get the Golden Eagles even at 7-7, but had the ball stripped early in the third quarter and Heyward converted to put the Miners up, 21-7. Awatt had 18 carries and scored the game's first touchdown on a 17-yard run five minutes into the game. Deion Hankins carried 13 times for 46 yards for UTEP (5-1, 2-0 Conference USA). Lange was 20 of 31 for 239 yards passing and threw two touchdowns, but was picked off once and sacked five times. The Golden Eagles (1-5, 0-2) ran the ball 32 times but managed just 15 yards. - UTEP/AP College Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Breon HaywardTexas-El Paso
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  10/03/21 - Deion HankinsrSo/2024, Texas-El Paso, 5-11, 215 (DS#25 RB) + More +

  Deion Hankins had a fourth-quarter touchdown run and UTEP held off Old Dominion 28-21 on Saturday night in the Conference USA opener for both teams. Hankins' 3-yard TD run capped the scoring with about seven minutes remaining. Old Dominion drove to the UTEP 38 with 26 seconds to play, but the Monarch's drive stalled with an incomplete pass on fourth-and-17. Gavin Hardison threw for 191 yards and a pair of touchdown passes for UTEP (3-1, 1-0). Hankins finished with 75 yards rushing on 22 carries. D.J. Mack Jr. was 20-of-34 passing for 194 yards, threw for one touchdown and ran for another score for Old Dominion (1-4, 0-1). AC White returned a blocked punt 11 yards into the end zone to pull the Monarchs within 21-20 late in the third quarter. It was their third blocked punt in the past two games. - UTEP/AP College Football

(DS#25 RB) rSo/2024 RB Deion HankinsTexas-El Paso
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  Gavin Hardison threw for 293 yards and a touchdown as Texas-El Paso erased a 13-3 first-half deficit by shutting out New Mexico in the second half to earn a 20-13 victory on Saturday night. Deion Hankins scored from four-yards out to start the second half and cut the Lobos' lead to 13-10 and Hardison connected with Jacob Cowing on a 55-yard touchdown pass to take the lead, 17-13 with 9:27 left in the third quarter. Gavin Baechle kicked a 44-yard field goal with 2:56 left to set the final margin. The Miners (3-1) held New Mexico (2-2) to just 288 yards of total offense, including 123 yards on 35 carries. Terry Wilson was 16 of 38 for 160 yards and was picked off once. Cowing had seven catches for 174 yards and Justin Garrett caught four more for 105. - Texas-El Paso/AP College Football

(DS#57 QB) rJr/2023 QB Gavin HardisonTexas-El Paso
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  09/06/21 - Jacob CowingJr/2023, Texas-El Paso, 5-10, 170 (DS#92 WR) + More +

  AUG 30 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UTEP WR Jacob Cowing picked up right where he left off in 2020, recording a career-high 158 receiving yards on just five receptions and a 59-yard touchdown catch on Saturday. The 158 yards receiving marked Cowing's sixth 100-yard game of his career as the Miners started the 2021 season on the right foot. Cowing solidified himself as a deep threat for the Miners, making receptions of 72 and 59 yards in the win over the Aggies. The 59-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half was the seventh touchdown reception of Cowing's young career. - Conference USA Football

(DS#92 WR) Jr/2023 WR Jacob CowingTexas-El Paso
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  09/06/21 - Gavin BaechlerJr/2023, Texas-El Paso, 6-1, 175 (DS#999 K) + More +

  AUG 30 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UTEP K Gavin Baechle accounted for 12 of UTEP's 30 points scored after finishing a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals and connected on all three of his PAT attempts in the win over New Mexico State. The 12 points and three field goals by Baechle tied his career-high marks as a Miner, both of which were previously set in UTEP's win over Houston Baptist to open the 2019 campaign. Baechle connected on field goals from 35, 27 and 33 yards out. McKinney, Texas, native also handled kickoff duties for the Miners with six kickoffs for 360 yards (60.0 avg.) with five touchbacks. - Conference USA Football

(DS#999 K) rJr/2023 K Gavin BaechleTexas-El Paso
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  AUG 30 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UTEP S Dy'Vonne Inyang led the Miner defense with six total tackles, including four solo stops, as the Miners snapped a three-game losing streak against the Aggies in the Battle of I-10 rivalry. The six tackles for Inyang tied a career-high mark for the veteran safety, who last tallied six tackles in UTEP's game at Charlotte in 2020. As a whole, Inyang led a defensive unit that held New Mexico State to its lowest point total since scoring three points at Ole Miss on Nov. 9, 2019. The three points scored by the Aggies marked the lowest point total in a home game for the Aggies since they lost, 59-0, to Boise State on Oct. 2, 2010 in Las Cruces. - Conference USA Football

(DS#63 FS) rSr/2022 FS DyVonne InyangTexas-El Paso
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  Gavin Hardison threw a career-high three touchdown passes, Willie Eldridge and Ronald Awatt each had over 100 yards rushing, and UTEP beat Bethune-Cookman 38-28 on Saturday night. Hardison lofted passes into the end zone from inside the 10 that set up fantastic catches each from Jacob Cowing and Justin Garrett in the fourth quarter, giving the Miners (2-0) a 31-14 lead with 10:44 remaining. Hardison also tossed a 2-yard TD pass to Trent Thompson in the first quarter and finished the game 14-of-22 passing for 183 yards. Awatt ran 18 times for 126 yards, and his 19-yard touchdown run stretched the Miners' lead to 37-21. Eldridge had 118 yards rushing on 14 carries. Shannon Patrick completed 15 of 22 passes for 215 yards and threw two touchdown passes and an interception for Bethune-Cookman in its season opener. Que'shaun Byrd added 98 yards rushing that included a 2-yard TD run. - UTEP/AP College Football

(DS#57 QB) rJr/2023 QB Gavin HardisonTexas-El Paso
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  08/29/21 - Jacob CowingJr/2023, Texas-El Paso, 5-10, 170 (DS#92 WR) + More +

  Before UTEP started emptying the bench, Jacob Cowing was in national player of the week contention. Three plays into the third quarter he had four catches for 163 yards and a touchdown before finishing with five grabs for 158. Gavin Hardison threw one interception that was a result of him being belted in the chest by Donovan King as he released the ball on what he thought was a free play (what UTEP thought was an NMSU offsides wasn't called), but he was good, especially on deep balls to his stars Cowing and Justin Garrett. He finished 11 of 16 with a touchdown pass and 249 yards (22.6 yards per completion) before sitting out the fourth quarter. "The connection between Gavin and I, we've put a lot of time on that in the offseason," Cowing said. "We studied New Mexico State, we knew them like the back of our hand, so when we came out we knew what to expect." - Las Cruces Sun News

(DS#92 WR) Jr/2023 WR Jacob CowingTexas-El Paso
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  08/28/21 - Jacob CowingJr/2023, Texas-El Paso, 5-10, 170 (DS#92 WR) + More +

  Jacob Cowing had a career-high 158 yards receiving, including a 59-yard score, and UTEP opened the season with a 30-3 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night. Cowing's yardage came on just five catches, including one for 72 yards, as he finished with his sixth career 100-yard game. Gavin Hardison was 11-of-16 passing for 249 yards and an interception. UTEP rolled to a 20-3 halftime lead with Hardison throwing for 154 yards, 104 to Cowing, before the duo combined for their long score just over a minute into the second half.

Ronald Awatt and Deion Hankins rushed for touchdowns and Gavin Baechle kicked three field goals. The Miners, 3-5 last fall, returned all 11 starters on offense and eight on defense as they outgained the Aggies 452-190. New Mexico State didn't play in 2020 and split two games in the spring. The Aggies were playing at home for the first time since a 44-35 victory over the Miners on Nov. 23, 2019. - UTEP/AP College Football


(DS#92 WR) Jr/2023 WR Jacob CowingTexas-El Paso
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  Gavin Hardison has improved. So much of UTEP's season hinges on a starting quarterback entering his second year at the helm to turn potential and that rocket arm into production and consistency, and as fall camp moves past the halfway point, indications are that's happening. The good throws and right reads are more frequent, the giveaways have been minimized. This is what so much of a successful season will rely on. Stepping up "I think I'm progressing in every aspect of my game so far," Hardison said. "I think I'm seeing everything really well and getting the ball out of my hands. I think I'm doing pretty good so far."

That's something everyone around UTEP football has sensed. "In camp obviously we're throwing a lot of stuff at our quarterbacks, a lot of different schemes and having to make the checks, the things we need to see against various looks," coach Dana Dimel said. "This is the time the quarterback gets a bunch of work in and we think he's progressed greatly throughout camp, really having a lot of savvy and experience to what he's doing. "He's protecting the football extremely well and making some big throws." - El Paso Times


(DS#57 QB) rJr/2023 QB Gavin HardisonTexas-El Paso
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  Historically, whenever the UTEP football team has changed defensive schemes and coordinators, the idea was to find a better way to hide the defensive line. In that way, the offseason hiring of new coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto represents a radical new direction for the Miners. A year after landing a load of new talent on the defensive line to compliment veteran star defensive end Praise Amaewhule, UTEP is looking for ways to get its defensive front to the front and center.

They are building around the line, not away from it. "It's hard to find d-linemen," coach Dana Dimel said. "I'm excited about the development of our defensive linemen, how fortunate we've been. Now that we have those top, marquee players, you want to see a Jadrian Taylor develop, (Kelton) Moss had a good year to compliment Keenan (Stewart) and Praise. "What we're working on now is developing that second group." That's because the first group is now so proven, starting with Amaewhule. Always a prodigious talent, he broke through as a sophomore last season, getting seven sacks in eight games while earning second-team All-Conference USA. And suddenly there was talent alongside him, as a trio of first-year junior college transfers in end Jadrian Taylor and tackles Keenan Moss and Kelton Stewart gave UTEP punch in the front that had been missing for decades. Amaewhule is still listed as a sophomore, but he's a leader now and sees the transformation across the line. - El Paso Times


(DS#12 DE) rJr/2023 DE Praise AmaewhuleTexas-El Paso
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  08/03/21 - Deion HankinsrSo/2024, Texas-El Paso, 5-11, 215 (DS#25 RB) + More +

  UTEP tailback Deion Hankins enters this season in a fundamentally different position from his previous two years. The Parkland alum, who graduated as El Paso's all-time leading rusher, is technically still a freshman, but one of the upshots of the strange freebie year of 2020 is that he enters this year as the most accomplished freshman UTEP's ever had. In his second year in the program after a 2019 redshirt he averaged 4.9 yards per carry as the featured tailback and scored nine touchdowns in seven games. Now he's in his third year, part of a small four-man tailback corps that nonetheless counts as the deepest spot on the roster. It also includes Quardraiz Wadley, now in his sixth year of a UTEP career that began with him backing up Aaron Jones in 2016, fifth-year junior Ronald Awatt, who averaged 4.5 yards per carry last year, and second-year freshman Willie Eldridge, the most highly rated player of the 2020 recruiting class.

This is the spot on the offense UTEP feels best about, and also one that will provide leadership for everyone. "It feels different," Hankins said. "I've been here for a while, I'm coming up on my third year. Time flies. I need to step it up with my leadership and all around as a player. "We've got a good group and we all bring something different. I bring strength, toughness. We're all tough. I try to lead more by example than by words. I definitely have to step it up. As camp progresses, I need to be an all-around leader." - El Paso Times


(DS#25 RB) rSo/2024 RB Deion HankinsTexas-El Paso
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  There are many reasons the UTEP football team began fall camp Friday with real optimism that has often been lacking, and is so often the case with a team expecting to make a leap, that begins under center. Sophomore (sort of) Gavin Hardison is beginning his fourth year of college football, his third year at UTEP and his second year as a starter, and as encouraging as his first sophomore year was in 2020, there's more he can do. What Hardison's already done is show special arm talent, leadership, composure - all the traits he'll need to be the elite quarterback everyone around UTEP thinks he can be. The task now is to translate that into tangibles such as improving on his 54 percent completion percentage, his 5-5 touchdown-interception ratio and the Miners' 3-5 record.

The Miners staff feel they've found their guy, they've put more weapons around him than any UTEP quarterback has had since Aaron Jones was in the backfield and he's been given a year of experience as an FBS starter. That sets up this season and Hardison is ready to seize it. "I'm focusing on what I can do to execute every week and attack the opponents," Hardison said after Friday's opening practice, which begins the one-week run-in to the New Mexico State opener on Aug. 28. "My goal is to win games, that's stayed the same, but coach (new offensive coordinator Dave) Warner has brought some new things to my game. "I'm excited to take that into this year." - El Paso Times


(DS#57 QB) rJr/2023 QB Gavin HardisonTexas-El Paso
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  UTEP defensive backs Dy'vonne Inyang and Dennis Barnes are returning to the Miners, after entering the NCAA Transfer Portal in December. Barnes and Inyang, along with fellow defensive backs Duron Lowe and Broderick Harrell, entered the NCAA Transfer Portal back on Dec. 5, forcing UTEP to play its final game at North Texas with a decimated secondary. The Miners lost the game 45-43 to finish the 2020 season 3-5. - KTSM 9 News

(DS#63 FS) rSr/2022 FS DyVonne InyangTexas-El Paso
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