Aaron Jones Jones Finished With 127 Yards Rushing
The UTEP football team ended its spring season under first year head coach Sean Kugler before a crowd of 2,581, the largest attendance since the 2004 campaign.
Nathan Jeffery ran for 73 yards and had a 61-yard touchdown reception, highlighting UTEP's first scrimmage of the spring on Friday in the Sun Bowl.
The annual spring game is slated for April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Sun Bowl.
UTEP senior punter Ian Campbell has been named to the 2012 All-Conference USA second team, as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches.
2013 UTEP Football Spring Game Teaser
Hosts Jon Teicher and Julie Levesque interview head volleyball coach Ken Murphy, football running back Nathan Jeffery and head soccer coach Kevin Cross.
New Mexico 42, UTEP 35 in OT. Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Photo Gallery by Michael Patrick Reese
Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
UTEP 35 Houston 45.
2013 (JUNIOR): Saw action in 10 games, making six starts ... led UTEP running backs with five rushing touchdowns ... rushed for 532 yards on 133 carries (4.0 avg.) ... played on an offensive unit that racked up 2,216 rushing yards, the most since 1988 ... rushed for 30 first downs ... caught two passes for 23 yards and a score ... his six total touchdowns ranked second on the team ... rushed 25 times for 130 yards (5.2 average), while tying a career-high with two rushing scores during a win over FIU at the Sun Bowl ... ran for a season-long 54-yard touchdown against FIU ... cashed in with a season-best 140 yards on 20 attempts (7.0 average) and two scores at Middle Tennessee ... rushed for 59 yards, a touchdown and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass versus New Mexico.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Recognized as honorable mention All-Conference USA following a breakthrough sophomore season ... workhorse who carried 184 times for a team-leading 897 yards and seven touchdowns ... accounted for 81.5 rushing yards per game to place sixth in Conference USA and 60th in the nation ... posted four 100-yard rushing games, the most in a single season by a Miner since Donald Buckram had eight in 2009 ... started 10 of 11 contests on the year ... all seven of his touchdowns came in the final four games of the year, including three straight contests with two ... first multiple-touchdown performance of his career came at Houston ... also had a pair of touchdowns against UCF and at Southern Miss ... named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week after carrying 21 times for a career-best 177 yards and returning a blocked punt 24 yards for a score in the season opener against No. 4 Oklahoma ... effort set a school record for rushing yards in a season opener, eclipsing the 164 by Robert Elliott in 1976 ... five of his carries against OU were for 10+ yards, including a 71-yard run that marked the best by a UTEP underclassman since 2001 ... also surpassed 100 yards on the ground against East Carolina (134), Houston (137) and UCF (175).
2011 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 12 contests, making one start (at Tulane) ... carried the ball 26 times, collecting 166 yards (6.4 average) with one touchdown ... posted a season-long 43-yard run against Tulane ... had 10 receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns ... registered 14 kickoff returns for 317 yards, a 22.6-yard average ... 254 of 317 KOR yards came against C-USA opponents ... his 23.1-yard return average ranked seventh in league play ... tallied two returns for 51 yards at USF, including a career-best 43-yard return ... totaled 607 all-purpose yards to average 50.6 per game ... recorded three contests with 90 or more all-purpose yards.
PRIOR TO UTEP: A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Top-300 list ... listed as the no. 6 athlete prospect in the state by that publication ... a three-star recruit by Scouts, Inc. ... first team Class 2A All-State running back as a junior and senior and second team All-State as a sophomore ... two-time District 13-2A MVP ... tied for second on the all-time state career touchdowns list (136) with current Atlanta Falcon Jacquizz Rodgers ... compiled 2,990 yards rushing on 370 attempts (8.1 avg.) with 48 TDs his senior year ... rushed 249 times for 2,357 yards and 38 touchdowns his junior year, averaging 9.5 yards per carry ... over his last two years as a prep had five 300-yard games, sixteen 200-yard efforts and scored four or more rushing touchdowns on 12 occasions ... added 16 receptions for 224 yards and four TDs as a junior, and three catches for 65 yards as a senior ... registered 85 tackles, six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal as a member of Caddo Mills' defensive unit in 2009 (strong safety) ... tallied 113 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries as a junior ... also a return specialist who averaged 20.6 yards on punts and 24.9 yards on kickoffs over two seasons ... was the team's primary punter his senior campaign ... led Caddo Mills HS to a 10-3 mark in 2009 and 11-2 in 2008 ... four-year varsity letterwinner for coach Steve Sumrow ... member of Caddo Mills' baseball, basketball and track & field teams ... All-Region honoree and district MVP in basketball ... state qualifier in the long jump in track ... member of the FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America).
PERSONAL: Parents are Mason and Vera Jeffery ... has two older twin brothers ... born in Greenville, Texas ... Kinesiology major.