Twenty Eight UTEP Student-Athletes to Graduate This Weekend

Dec. 11, 2007

Twenty-eight UTEP student-athletes will graduate from the university on Saturday.

Of those earning degrees this semester, 11 student-athletes represent football, five from track and field, three from soccer, three from softball, three from women's golf, two from men's golf and one from women's basketball.

Among those graduating from the football program are Oniel Cousins, Jahmal Fenner, Howard Jackson, Cedric Johnson, Jeremy Jones, James Riley and Joe West.

Cousins started 20 games in the Miner offensive line over the last two seasons, including all 12 games at right tackle in 2007. He blossomed into a potential NFL Draft pick his senior year.

Fenner made 12 starts at right cornerback during UTEP's run to the Houston Bowl in 2004.

Jackson ranks second in school history with 3,466 rushing yards. He earned first team All-Conference honors in 2003 and 2004.

Johnson totaled 92 receptions for 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns at UTEP, and set a school record with 2,757 yards on kickoff returns.

Jones produced 298 tackles for the Miners, earning second team All-Conference recognition in 2005 and 2007.

Riley recorded 35 starts in the UTEP offensive line over the last three years. He helped the Miners set a school record with 5,074 yards of total offense in 2007.

West posted 93 catches for 1,540 yards and recorded 13 touchdowns in a Miner uniform.

The list of football graduates also includes Mike Deal, Matt Ellis, Tim McCullouch and T..J. Monroe.

Participating in commencement exercises from the track and field program are Erma-Gene Evans, Mickael Hanany, Alina Joaca-Bine, Fatimoh Muhammed and Kelly Young.

Evans received All-America honors while finishing as a silver medalist at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She ranks second in the UTEP record books in the javelin.

Hanany is a seven-time NCAA All-American and a 15-time Conference USA champion. He also received the 2006-07 Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award and the USFCCCA Mountain Region Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year award.

Muhammed is an NCAA All-American, taking fifth in the 800 meters at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She ranks fourth in the indoor and outdoor 800 in the UTEP record books.

Young was selected a Conference USA Athlete of the Week and won two individual cross country titles.

Graduates hailing from the Miner soccer team are Brandi Aston, Leslie Platz and Kelli Yeamans.

A transfer from Cisco Junior College, Aston made a huge impact at UTEP. She played in 45 games, 43 of which were starts, scoring 16 goals while registering eight assists.

The softball program will be graduating Sara Hernandez, Kelly Lombard and Megan Whiteaker.

One of UTEP's top career batting leaders, Lombard was appointed to the 2006 All-Conference USA team. She is the only Miner to receive Conference USA Hitter of the Week awards twice in her career.

The Miner women's golf team designates three of its members as 2007 graduates -- Valerie De La Cruz, Jullianne Kim and Gerina Mendoza.

Kim garnered second-team All-Conference accolades during the 2006-07 season while holding UTEP's second-best stroke average (75.8).

Mendoza was the 2007 Conference USA champion and Player of the Year, leading the Miners with a 72.8 stroke average. She won four tournaments her senior year.

Representing the men's golf program are Zac Hildenbrand and Colby Lindsay.

Lindsay earned Academic All-America honors during his Miner career, and had the team's best stroke average (73.1) as a senior.

Also graduating is Charnette Phelps from the women's basketball program. Phelps is one of six players in school history to produce 700+ points and 500+ rebounds.

Complete List of UTEP Winter Graduates


  • Oniel Cousins (football) -Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Michael Deal (football) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Matt Ellis (football) - Economics/CIS
  • Jahmal Fenner (football) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Howard Jackson (football) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Cedric Johnson (football) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Jeremy Jones (football) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Tim McCullouch (football) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • T.J. Monroe (football) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • James Riley (football) - Marketing
  • Joe West (football) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Valerie De La Cruz (golf) - Civil Engineering
  • Zac Hildenbrand (golf) - Biology/Chemistry
  • Jullianne Kim (golf) - Communication/General Business
  • Colby Lindsay (golf) - Biology/Chemistry
  • Gerina Mendoza (golf) - Math/Kinesiology
  • Charnette Phillips (basketball) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Brandi Aston (soccer) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Leslie Platz (soccer) - Health Promotions
  • Kelli Yeamans (soccer) - Criminal Justice/Psychology
  • Erma-Gene Evans (track and field) - Marketing
  • Mickael Hanany (track and field) - Biology/Chemistry
  • Alina Joaca-Bine (track and field) - Kinesiology/Health Sciences
  • Fatimoh Muhammed (track and field) - Business Management & CIS
  • Kelly Young (track and field) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Sara Hernandez (softball) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Kelly Lombard (softball) - Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Megan Whiteaker (softball) - Multidisciplinary Studies
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