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.
UTEP Athletics Honors Autrey Golden & Xitlali Herrera
UTEP Athletics Honors Autrey Golden & Angela Cutaia
UTEP Slips To 1-2 On The Year
Nathan Jeffery ran for 73 yards and had a 61-yard touchdown reception, highlighting UTEP's first scrimmage of the spring on Friday in the Sun Bowl.
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CAREER: Enters his junior year at UTEP tied for fifth in school history in kickoff returns (57), fourth in kickoff return yards (1,596) and first in kickoff return touchdowns (four) ... career average of 28.0 rates second in the Miner record book ... enters the 2014 campaign tied for first among active players in kickoff returns for TDs with Florida's Andre Debose, Kansas State's Tyler Lockett and Northern Illinois' Tommylee Lewis (all three are seniors) ... rates first among FBS returnees in kickoff return yards per game (69.4).
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 11 games as the lead kickoff returner ... named All-Conference USA second team and to Phil Steele's All-Conference USA team ... returned 28 kickoffs for 774 yards and two scores ... rushed 43 times for 150 yards and a touchdown ... caught two passes for 38 yards ... gained nine first downs (seven rushing, two receiving) ... racked up a team-best 962 all-purpose yards ... ranked first in C-USA in kickoff return average (27.6) and 10th nationally ... tied for second in the nation with two kickoff returns for touchdowns ... both touchdowns went for 100 yards ... returned two kickoffs for a season-high 125 yards, including a 100-yard return for a score, versus Tulsa ... other 100-yard return for a touchdown came against UTSA ... ran for a season-high 56 yards on eight carries, including a four-yard touchdown, and returned a kickoff 60 yards during a home victory over FIU ... ran for 13 yards, gained 38 yards on two receptions and ran back a kickoff for 22 yards at Tulane ... returned four kickoffs for 104 yards against New Mexico.
2012 (FRESHMAN): Played in 12 games, making one start versus rival NM State ... excelled on special teams as he tallied 822 yards on kickoff returns with two TDs ... his 28.3 avg ranked 11th in the nation and second in Conference USA ... returned four kicks for 157 yards (39.3 avg.) including a 96-yard scamper to the end zone at East Carolina ... set season-highs in kickoff return yards (191), average (47.8) and long return (98 yards) at Southern Miss ... finished fourth on the squad with 163 yards rushing (4.5 avg.) ... carried the ball 12 times for a season-high 69 yards against rival NM State, including a 17-yard dash ... pounded out 52 yards on 11 carries at Ole Miss, including a 22-yard run ... had 37 yards on three attempts, including a season-long 26-yard sprint against Tulane ... made eight catches for 88 yards ... made a season-long 36-yard catch at Southern Miss ... registered two receptions for 21 yards at Ole Miss.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... two-time All-District 18-4A first team selection (2010 & 2011) ... ranked second in the district in yards per game (86.8) ... led Willis to an 8-3 record and the bi-district playoffs as a senior ... rushed for 848 yards, averaging 7.5 per carry, and led the team with eight rushing TDs ... had 16 receptions for 179 yards in his senior campaign ... ran for 1,142 yards and 12 touchdowns on 152 carries as a junior ... also had 18 receptions for 144 yards and two TDs ... Willis finished 8-4-1 and advanced to the bi-district playoffs for the first time since 2000 ... three-year letterwinner for coach Andre Jackson ... also played basketball and ran track, competing in the 100 meters and the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays ... advanced to the track state finals in 2011.
PERSONAL: Full name is Autrey Darius DeShawn Golden ... parents are Autrey Golden and Irma Warren ... has two sisters ... born in Conroe, Texas ... Communication major.