UTEP ITEM: Four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA).
2010 (JUNIOR): Versatile member of the offensive line saw action both at guard and center over the course of the season ... made two emergency starts at center (versus Rice and UAB) with Tanner Cullumber and Eloy Atkinson both sidelined due to injury ... helped the Miners tie for 16th nationally in tackles for losses al¬lowed (4.4 per game) ... UTEP was also tied for 33rd in the country in sacks allowed per game (1.5) ... the Miners averaged 26.0 points and 360.4 yards ... the Miners' 2010 offensive highlights included Trevor Vittatoe becoming the school's all-time passing and total offense leader ... UTEP also had five players with 200+ yards rushing for the first time since 1983.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Played in two games (Houston and Marshall), serving as a backup guard.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Worked with the scout team ... earned a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for posting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
2007: Redshirted ... member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Area Top-100 Prospect by the Houston Chronicle ... two-year letterwinner for head coaches Mike Konicki (senior year) and Ronny Feldman (sophomore and junior years) at Klein Collins HS in Spring, Texas ... two-year starter at left tackle ... first team All-District 16-5A offensive tackle in 2006 ... second team All-District 14-5A offensive lineman as a junior ... played defensive end before moving to the offensive side of the ball after his sophomore year of high school ... was coached on the offensive line by Frank Grimm ... joined the track and field team for the first time as a junior and won the District 14-5A title in the discus with a best of 151-11 ... raised in Valparaiso, Ind., McCage played Pop Warner Football for the Valparaiso Americans ... member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Parents are Larry Joe and Denise McCage ... has two brothers and three sisters ... father played basketball at Rice ... uncle was a tight end at LSU ... full name is Nathan Ross McCage ... born 6/14/88 (Crown Point, Ind.) ... Kinesiology major.