2015 Phil Steele’s Preseason C-USA Fourth Team
2014 All-C-USA Freshman Team

2016 (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 12 games … efforts on offensive line helped Miners average 185.5 rushing yards per game and scored 20 rushing touchdowns, while efforts aided Aaron Jones to rush for a single-season program-record 1,773 yards, while Jones also became UTEP’s all-time leading rusher … the offensive line yielded 22 sacks (1.83 per game), ranking in the top half of Conference USA … closed the season with a season-high 555 yards of total offense, while rushing for a season-best 384 yards (most since 1983) and four scores during a season-finale victory against North Texas … opened the season with 518 yards of total offense, including a 289-yard rushing effort against rival NM State … produced 323 yards rushing against Houston Baptist and followed with 237 rushing yards at Florida Atlantic.

2015 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 10 games, making eight starts at the right guard position … missed a pair of games due to injury, while seeing limited action during the last two contests … played on an offensive line unit that led Conference USA in sacks allowed (12), while ranking tied for sixth nationally in sacks allowed per game (1.0) … UTEP rushers posted back-to-back 200-plus yard games – at Texas Tech (227 yards) and NM State (269) … the Miners rushed for a season-high three scores and recorded a season-high 542 total yards during their come-from-behind overtime victory over the Aggies … during a triumph versus Incarnate Word, UTEP posted a season-high 280 yards in the air and a pair of scores … UTEP registered 408 total yards, including 271 yards passing and a trio of touchdown throws, during its victory against Florida Atlantic.

2014 (RS FRESHMAN): Made starts in 11 games at the right guard position before season-ending injury at Rice ... played on an offensive line unit that has only surrendered 13 sacks (ranked first in Conference USA and eighth nationally) ... the Miners also ranked fourth in C-USA in rushing offense, averaging 207.8 yards per game, while scoring 27 rushing touchdowns ... the rushing offense has totaled seven 200-plus yard games, including four 300-plus yard games during the season ... the Miners ran for a season-high in yards (351) and touchdowns (five) during a win over North Texas ... led team to New Mexico Bowl, its first since 2010.

2013: Redshirted.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Ended his senior year as a first team All-District, first team All-City and honorable mention All-State honoree ... All-State pick entering his senior season ... recorded more than 100 pancake blocks in his career, including 68 his senior year ... did not allow a sack his senior season, helping Franklin rank sixth in the state (5A) for total yards, eighth in rushing and 14th in passing ... played in the Greater El Paso Football All-Star game ... started his prep career at left tackle before switching to right tackle as a junior ... three-year varsity starter for coach Daren Walker ... threw the shot put and discus for the Franklin track and field team as a freshman and sophomore.

PERSONAL: Full name is Derek I. Elmendorff ... parents are Tony and Linda Elmendorff ... born in El Paso, Texas ... criminal justice major.

Derek Elmendorff

Derek  Elmendorff


El Paso, Texas

High School:
Franklin HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 325



Criminal Justice

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