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Jerel Watkins
69  Jerel Watkins

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Channelview, Texas

High School:
Channelview HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 300

Position:
OL

Experience:
3L

09/01/2014

UTEP Takes on Big 12 Opponent Texas Tech

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.

11/19/2012

Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes (11/19/12)

UTEP's head coach held his final weekly press gathering on Monday, reflecting on the Southern Miss win before announcing his retirement.

11/19/2012

UTEP to Honor 17 Seniors in Final Contest of 2012

UTEP to Honor 17 Seniors in Final Contest of 2012 Seeking its first winning streak of the season, UTEP caps the 2012 campaign with a home game against Rice.

09/24/2012

Game 5: Miners Open League Play at East Carolina

The Miners open Conference USA action when they take on East Carolina on Saturday in Greenville, N.C.

09/17/2012

Game 4: Miners to Play Final Non-Conference Opponent at Wisconsin

UTEP wraps up the non-conference portion of its 2012 schedule at Big Ten power Wisconsin.

11/29/2014

UTEP Football vs Middle Tennessee

Photo Gallery by Michael Patrick Reese

10/11/2014

UTEP Football vs Old Dominion

Photo Gallery by Michael Patrick Reese

09/13/2014

UTEP Football vs New Mexico State

Photo Gallery by Michael Patrick Reese

09/06/2014

UTEP Football vs Texas Tech

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08/30/2014

UTEP Football vs UNM

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2012 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll

2014 (SENIOR): Started all 12 games at the left tackle position ... only starting senior on the offensive line in 2014 ... plays on an offensive line unit that has only surrendered 11 sacks in 12 games (ranked first in Conference USA) ... the Miners rank third in Conference 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.

2013 (JUNIOR): Started seven games ... missed five contests due to injury ... helped the Miners compile 2,216 yards rushing, their top total since 1988, while scoring 17 rushing touchdowns ... UTEP's rushing offense ranked fourth in Conference USA.

2012 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 12 games, making 10 starts at left guard ... paved the way for Nathan Jeffery's 897 rushing yards ... helped UTEP runners average 148.5 yards per game on the ground with 13 touchdowns ... helped protect the Miner quarterback's blind side.

2011 (FRESHMAN): Conference USA All-Freshman selection ... started the last 11 games at left guard ... helped the Miners rank tied for fourth nationally in long plays of 70+ yards (four), tied for sixth in plays of 60+ yards (seven), and tied for 17th in plays of 50+ yards (nine) from scrimmage ... the Miners scored 22 rushing touchdowns in the red zone ... UTEP's 154.9 yards rushing per game marked its third-best effort in 13 years ... UTEP registered four players with 150+ yards rushing.

2010: Redshirted.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Ranked the no. 76 offensive guard in the country by Scouts, Inc. out of Channelview HS ... first team All-District 21-5A choice as a prep senior ... second team All-District as a junior ... three-year member of the varsity team for coach Averion Hurts ... saw action at tight end as a sophomore, and left tackle as a junior and senior ... also competed on the Channelview High School track and power lifting teams ... involved with the African American Culture Club and PALS programs.

PERSONAL: Parents are Randy Watkins and Shakietha Jackson ... has two brothers ... born in Houston, Texas ... graduated in May of 2014 with a degree in Criminal Justice major ... is currently pursuing his Master's degree.