Defense Dominates On Second Scrimmage Of Spring For UTEP Football
April 16, 2011
EL PASO, TEXAS- UTEP’s defense won the day in the second scrimmage of the spring at the Sun Bowl Saturday afternoon.
The Miners’ stop troops permitted just 286 yards on 87 plays on the way to keeping the offense off the board. A good pass rush made things difficult on the offense, with sophomore DL Adam Ayala, RS-freshman DL, Cooper Brock, sophomore DL James Davidson, senior DL Bernard Obi and a swarming pack on a couple other sequences adding up to six sacks.
RS-freshmen DBs Wesley Miller and Cameron Richards-Lee each had an interception, while senior DB Antwon Blake blocked a field goal. Junior LB Josh Fely, who registered a team-high six tackles, recovered a fumble. Miller also had a fumble recovery.
“It was a good day for the defense,” UTEP head coach Mike Price said. “The defense was all over the field. Everyone really made some plays.”
UTEP’s four quarterbacks combined to complete 26-of-48 attempts for 220 yards with a pair of interceptions. Sophomore Carson Meger turned in the best statistical day of the signal callers with an effort of 10-of-19 for 87 yards while transfer Nick Lamaison connected on 8-of-11 for 63 yards. Lamaison was picked off once, though.
Dual-threat and RS-freshman Javia Hall fired for 30 yards on 4-of-7 passing while also scrambling three times for 26 yards. Senior Tate Smith started to find his rhythm late in the scrimmage, and ultimately concluded the day at 4-of-11 for 40 yards and a pick.
Senior WR Julio Lopez stood out amongst the skill position players by hauling in four passes for 74 yards. Junior Lavorick Williams matched Lopez with a quartet of receptions while compiling 48 yards.
Senior RB Vernon Frazier led the rushing attack by carrying seven times for 28 yards, while fellow classmate Joe Banyard got involved as well to the tune of 10 attempts for 17 yards. Senior Leilyon Myers rushed six times for 14 yards.
But the day belonged to the defense, with it limiting the offense to 15 yards gained or fewer on 14 of the 21 total series.
The Miners will continue their spring workouts with practices on Monday (6 a.m.), Wednesday (3 p.m.), Friday (10 a.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.). The practices on Monday and Saturday will be held in the Sun Bowl while Wednesday and Friday’s are slated for Glory Field.