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A Cumulative GPA Of 3.0 Is Required
Student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to qualify.
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Three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
2014 (SENIOR): Played in 11 games, while starting the final game of the regular season ... missed a game due to injury ... efforts helped the Miners rush for 250 yards and two scores, while not allowing a sack during start versus Middle Tennessee ... UTEP ranked fourth in Conference USA in rushing yards per game (212.7 average), while rushing for 27 touchdowns.
2013 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at the center position ... part of an offensive line that played an integral role in UTEP rushing for 2,216 yards, its top seasonal total since 1988, and 17 touchdowns ... Miners' rushing offense ranked fourth in Conference USA.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Participated in 11 games ... backed up Eloy Atkinson at center.
2011(FRESHMAN):Played against Colorado State.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Three-year letterwinner for Horizon High School in El Paso ... tabbed a first team All-District 24A performer as a junior and senior ... also grabbed second team All-City accolades as a senior, in addition to being voted the offensive line MVP at the El Paso senior all-star game ... chosen honorable mention All-District as a sophomore ... three-year letterwinner in track & field while earning one letter in basketball ... two-time member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Full name is Paulo Abraham Melendez ... has one brother and one sister ... son of Alfredo Melendez and Maria Guadalupe Melendez ... born in El Paso, Texas ... Education major.