2014 (SENIOR): Made 10 starts in 11 games played ... missed a game due to injury ... ranked fourth on the defense with 47 tackles (16s/31a), while recording 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries ... established a career-best 11 tackles and 0.5 tackle for loss at New Mexico ... registered six tackles and 0.5 sack in win over Old Dominion ... made five stops, 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry against rival NM State ... notched back-to-back five-tackle performances (at UTSA, vs. Southern Miss) ... registered three stops during win over Middle Tennessee.

2013 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games ... only starting linebacker to return for the 2014 campaign ... led all UTEP linebackers and ranked third on the defense with 60 tackles (34s/26a) ... recorded two tackles for losses and one pass breakup ... ranked third on the defense with 50 tackles on rushing plays ... registered a career-best and game-high 10 tackles (9s/1a) against UTSA ... recorded four six-tackle performances during the season (New Mexico, LA Tech, at Rice and at No. 12 Texas A&M) ... tallied six solo stops at Rice ... notched three tackles and a pass breakup during a win over FIU at the Sun Bowl.

2012 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 12 games ... pitched in 10 tackles, four of which were of the solo variety ... all 10 of his tackles came within the first five games of the year, including a career-best four stops against No. 4 Oklahoma ... key member of the UTEP special teams unit.

2011 (FRESHMAN): Reserve linebacker who played in 10 games for the Miners ... tallied four stops.

2010: Redshirted.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Three-year letterwinner for John Marshall High School ... recognized as first team All-City and All-District as both a junior and senior ... voted the city's All-Star defensive MVP in 2010 ... tallied 68 tackles as a senior, 63 as a junior and 55 in his first year with varsity in 2007 ... earned three letters for basketball and was a first team All-District performer ... also secured a pair of letters with track & field and was the district champion in shot put.

PERSONAL: Full name is Anthony Issac Puente ... has one brother and one sister ... son of Raymond and Rosalinda Puente ... born in San Antonio, Texas ... Multidisciplinary Studies major.

Anthony Puente

Anthony  Puente

Graduate Student

San Antonio, Texas

High School:
Marshall HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 225



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