UTEP (1-0) christens the home portion of its 2014 schedule versus Big 12 power Texas Tech (1-0) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 9:05 p.m. MT.
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 11 sacks in 12 games (ranked first in Conference USA) ... the Miners also rank third in C-USA in rushing offense, averaging 212.7 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.
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 ... undeclared major.