UTEP to Honor 17 Seniors in Final Contest of 2012 Seeking its first winning streak of the season, UTEP caps the 2012 campaign with a home game against Rice.
UTEP's head coach lauded the Miners' effort against Oklahoma and discussed the injury situation heading into Saturday's matchup at Ole Miss.
138 student-athletes earn placement on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Following a 16-day layoff, the Miners will return to action in a pivotal C-USA game on Saturday at Tulane.
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Miners 41 Aggies 28. Photos by IPA
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2012 (JUNIOR): Appeared in 11 contests, including one start ... credited with a quarterback hurry against UCF ... made nine tackles, seven assisted ... tallied four stops, matching his career high, against Tulane.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in nine contests ... registered five tackles, a sack, forced a fumble and had two quarterback hurries.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Tallied 22 tackles, two tackles for losses, a half-sack, three quarterback hurries and a blocked kick in 13 games ... made his first career start at left tackle versus Tulane and responded with a season-best four takedowns ... tackle for loss came at New Mexico and half-sack was posted in the opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... pressured the quarterback twice versus Rice ... blocked a punt at Marshall ... credited with three tackles in a pair of road games (Houston, Tulsa) ... also accumulated three tackles in the New Mexico Bowl against BYU.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Unanimous first team All-District 18-4A defensive end as a senior at Huntsville High School ... also earned honorable mention All-State honors by the Texas Sportswriters and the Associated Press following the 2008 campaign ... rated a three-star recruit and the 83rd-best defensive tackle prospect in the nation by Rivals.com ... ranked no. 135 among defensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... chosen Huntsville High's Defensive Lineman of the Year after tallying 44 tackles, five tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two pass break-ups as a senior ... helped Huntsville to an undefeated district championship in 2008 with a 7-0 mark (team was 7-2 overall) ... excelled in the classroom also, earning Academic All-District and honorable mention Academic All-State honors as a senior ... first team All-District choice as a junior, as well as Academic All-District and a member of the Underclassmen All-Region team ... two-year varsity letterwinner for coach Mitchell Coey ... played quarterback as a freshman and sophomore, defensive line as a junior and senior and some offensive line as a senior ... teammate of James Davidson, another UTEP signee, at Huntsville ... played basketball his freshman year and was a four-year letterman in baseball, splitting time at third base and designated hitter ... second team All-District DH his junior campaign ... member of the National Honor Society his senior year and Mu Alpha Theta his junior year.
PERSONAL: Full name is Adam Bartholomew Ayala ... parents are Armando and Lynn Ayala ... has one sister ... father is a UTEP graduate, as well as aunt (Becky Ayala) and uncle (Victor Ayala) ... born 8/12/91 (Huntsville, Texas) ... Business major.