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 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games ... tallied 19 tackles (8s/11a) with two tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and a hurry ... tied a career best with four tackles in a win over Old Dominion, while matching career high during a victory over Middle Tennessee ... registered first collegiate sack at UTSA, while recording two tackles ... made three stops in victory over Southern Miss ... led team to New Mexico Bowl, its first since 2010.
2013 (FRESHMAN): Participated in 10 games, starting two at the defensive tackle position ... tallied 24 tackles (14s/10a) and a half tackle for loss ... gathered four stops in a home win over FIU ... recorded four tackles each against New Mexico and at Colorado State.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Played his prep ball at Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas ... first team All-District 15-4A as a senior ... named district defensive MVP as a junior and was named third team All-State by the Associated Press ... led the Pirates to a 12-3 record in 2010 and a share of the district title en route to the first state semifinal appearance in school history ... had 90 tackles and 10 sacks in 2010 ... averaged nine tackles and a sack per game.
PERSONAL: Full name is Silas Anthony Firstley ... parents are Ryan and Ana Firstley ... has one brother and two sisters ... born in New Orleans, La. ... criminal justice major.