MINERS

Brander Craighead
58  Brander Craighead

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

High School:
Mother Teresa Catholic School

Last College:
Fork Union Military Academy

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 300

Position:
OL

Experience:
3L

UTEP ITEM: Selected by the Calgary Stampeders with the seventh pick in the first round of the 2013 CFL Draft.

2012 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games, starting 11 at left tackle ... efforts paved the way for running back Nathan Jeffery to gain nearly 900 yards with seven scores ... the Miners averaged 148.5 rushing yards per game ... helped UTEP gain a season-high 267 yards on the ground and three touchdowns against UCF ... Miners gained over 200 yards rushing, including a season-long 71-yard sprint against No. 4 Oklahoma.

2011 (SOPHOMORE): Started every game (four at right tackle, eight at left tackle) ... helped the Miners rank tied for fourth nationally in long plays of 70+ yards (four), tied for sixth in plays of 60+ yards (seven), and tied for 17th in plays of 50+ yards (nine) from scrimmage ... the Miners scored 22 rushing touchdowns in the red zone ... UTEP's 154.9 yards rushing per game marked its third-best effort in 13 years ... UTEP registered four players with 150+ yards rushing.

2010: Redshirted.

2009 (FRESHMAN): Pulled from redshirt for the final five games of the season ... backed up Alex Solot at right tackle.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Spent the 2008 season at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va., where he was coached by John Shuman ... started at left tackle and posted 12 knockdowns ... also saw time at fullback, rushing 15 times for 45 yards and catching two passes ... credited with five tackles as a member of Fork Union's punt cover team ... attended Mother Teresa Catholic School in Nepean, Ontario, Canada ... his high school did not have a football team, but he was a member of the lacrosse squad his senior year ... played for the Nepean Redskins city league football team for 10 years, earning multiple All-City honors while being coached by his father, Steven John Craighead ... saw time in the offensive and defensive line and some action at tight end.

PERSONAL: Full name is Brander Donald Craighead ... parents are Steven and Pamela Craighead ... has one sister ... born 9/8/90 (Bellville, Ontario, Canada) ... Multidisciplinary Studies major.