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Robert Rodriguez
 Robert Rodriguez

Position:
Assistant Special Team Coordinator/Nickelbacks/Saf.

Alma Mater:
UTEP 2004

01/11/2013

Kugler Retains Franklin, Natkin & Rodriguez, Finalizes Staff

UTEP's Sean Kugler announced on Friday that he has retained Gabe Franklin, Brian Natkin and Robert Rodriguez from the previous football coaching staff.

11/19/2012

UTEP to Honor 17 Seniors in Final Contest of 2012

UTEP to Honor 17 Seniors in Final Contest of 2012 Seeking its first winning streak of the season, UTEP caps the 2012 campaign with a home game against Rice.

11/12/2012

UTEP to Take on Southern Miss in Final Road Contest

UTEP (2-8) plays its final road game of the season on Saturday against 0-10 Southern Miss.

11/05/2012

UTEP Football to Take on UCF, Will Honor Military on Saturday

Fans can purchase one adult bronze reserved or general admission ticket and receive a youth ticket free in the same section. Sodexho will also be offering a family food special with four hot dogs and four soft drinks for $25.

10/22/2012

Miners Seek First Road Victory at Houston

The Miners hit the road to plays its next-to-last Conference USA road game of the season on Saturday at Houston.

01/11/2013

UTEP's Sean Kugler announced on Friday that he has retained Gabe Franklin, Brian Natkin and Robert Rodriguez from the previous football coaching staff.

UTEP's Sean Kugler announced on Friday that he has retained Gabe Franklin, Brian Natkin and Robert Rodriguez from the previous football coaching staff.

One of the greatest linebackers in UTEP history, Robert Rodriguez returned to El Paso as defensive program coordinator for the 2008 campaign. He coached the linebackers from 2010-12 and now serves as the nickelbacks/safeties coach.

In 2012, Rodriguez's unit performed admirably. Josh Fely paced the team in total tackles (112), becoming the first Miner to reach triple digits since 2009. Fely's efforts were worthy of honorable mention All-Conference USA accolades. Fellow linebackers Aubrey Alexius (66 tackles) and A.J. Ropati (58) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, on the squad in stops.

During the 2011 season Rodriguez worked with Jeremy Springer, who began his UTEP career as a quarterback and ended it as the team's leading tackler (70 stops). Fely, who transferred in from San Diego Mesa College, made an immediate impact. He ranked third on the team with 61 tackles. The Miners also received a highly productive year from Isaiah Carter (54 takedowns), who garnered honorable mention All-Conference USA honors for the second year in a row.

In his first year as a full-time assistant, Rodriguez coached four of the Miners' top seven tacklers, as Jamie Irving (79), Carter (75), Royzell Smith (72) and Anthony Morrow (67) combined for 293 stops.

Rodriguez ranks fifth on the all-time Miner tackle chart with 443 stops, including 33 for losses. He led the Western Athletic Conference in tackles in three of his four seasons at UTEP. Rodriguez was appointed the WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 after being credited with 121 tackles and 16 tackles for losses.

Following his stint with the Miners (2001-04), Rodriguez spent time with the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans in the NFL (2005) before playing for Cologne in NFL Europe (2006) and Calgary in the CFL (2006-07).

He was a prolific running back at Montwood High School in El Paso, earning All-City Offensive MVP honors as a senior when he rushed for 1,690 yards and 25 scores.

The El Paso native and Montwood High School graduate is married to the former Holly Taylor, who played soccer for the Miners from 2000-03. He graduated from UTEP in 2004.

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