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.
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2014 (SENIOR): Played in 12 games, making six starts ... ranks fifth on the team with 43 tackles (24 solo), while tallying six tackles for loss (19 yards), a sack, two breakups, two quarterback hurries, fumble recovery and an interception ... registered back-to-back eight-tackle games at New Mexico and versus Texas Tech ... recovered a fumble against Texas Tech ... recorded two tackles and a sack during a shutout win at UTSA ... tallied five stops during a victory over North Texas ... recorded first interception in a UTEP uniform off his own tipped pass late in the game that helped seal a win over Middle Tennessee.
2013 (JUNIOR): Played in 10 games, starting four at the safety position ... recorded 31 tackles (15s/16a), including four tackles for losses ... notched three pass breakups and two quarterback hurries ... racked up a season-high nine stops (6s/3a) and a pass breakup at Middle Tennessee ... made first career start at Colorado State, tallying seven stops (4s/3a) ... recorded a solo stop, a quarterback hurry and two pass breakups during a victory over FIU in the Sun Bowl.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Two-year starter/letterwinner at Riverside City College ... registered 44 tackles, including 29 solos, one interception and a fumble recovery in 2012 ... appeared in 11 games, helping the team to a 9-2 record in 2012 ... recorded four tackles and broke up two passes in RCC's Golden State Bowl victory over L.A. Harbor ... one of the most improved players from his freshman season to his sophomore year, according to RCC's head coach Tom Craft ... caught 32 passes for 397 yards and tallied five total touchdowns his senior season at Summit High School (Calif.) ... finished second on the team with three interceptions in helping Summit to a 10-3-1 record.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jameel Deshaun Erving ... son of Craig and Kimberly Erving ... has one sister ... born in Pomona, Calif. ... Multidisciplinary Studies major.