UTEP (1-0) christens the home portion of its 2014 schedule versus Big 12 power Texas Tech (1-0) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 9:05 p.m. MT.
2013 (FRESHMAN): Participated in 10 games, starting two at the defensive tackle position ... tallied 24 tackles (14s/10a) and a half tackle for loss ... gathered four stops in a home win over FIU ... recorded four tackles each against New Mexico and at Colorado State.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Played his prep ball at Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas ... first team All-District 15-4A as a senior ... named district defensive MVP as a junior and was named third team All-State by the Associated Press ... led the Pirates to a 12-3 record in 2010 and a share of the district title en route to the first state semifinal appearance in school history ... had 90 tackles and 10 sacks in 2010 ... averaged nine tackles and a sack per game.
PERSONAL: Full name is Silas Anthony Firstley ... parents are Ryan and Ana Firstley ... has one brother and two sisters ... born in New Orleans, La. ... Criminal Justice major.