The Miners (6-4, 4-2 C-USA) are bowl-eligible for the first time in four years and have won four of their last five games.
UTEP Posts Third Straight Win
2014 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games, making two starts ... registered 30 tackles (11s/19a), two sacks, an interception, a touchdown, a fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries and three tackles for loss ... made first start against North Texas, producing a career-high and team-leading 10 tackles, a quarterback hurry and a sack ... scored the Miners' first defensive touchdown since 2011 on a 19-yard pick six during a shutout win over UTSA (added two tackles) ... recorded a fumble recovery, a quarterback hurry and a tackle versus Southern Miss ... registered four tackles and a quarterback sack during a win over Middle Tennessee ... notched four stops at Kansas State.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Played and started in all 10 games at Victor Valley College in 2013 ... named to 2013 American Division Mountain Conference first-team defense ... efforts helped the Rams to a 6-4 record ... tallied 94 tackles (47 solo), eight sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble ... his 9.4 tackles per game ranked first in the conference, while his sack total was fourth ... made immediate impact in first game for the Rams as he tallied a season-high 14 stops (nine solo) and two sacks against L.A. Pierce ... recorded 11 tackles (eight solo), a forced fumble, six tackles for a loss and two sacks in a 48-28 win over L.A. Southwest ... notched double-digit tackles against San Bernardino (12), San Diego Mesa (11) and Southwestern (11) ... a two-star recruit on Scout.com and was ranked 28th junior college linebacker in the country by 247sports.com ... walked on Oregon football team where he was on the scout team for two seasons (2011-12) ... named 2010 Daily Press Football Defensive Athlete of the Year during senior season at Silverado High School ... also received Presidential Academic Award in 2010 ... named to All-Desert Sky League Football Team as a running back (79 carries, 452 yards & six touchdowns).
PERSONAL:Son of Jim ... took part in UTEP's spring practice in 2014.