MINERS
UTEP Adds Quarterback to 2010 Roster

Tate Smith played in four games for New Mexico in 2008.

Tate Smith played in four games for New Mexico in 2008.

Aug. 7, 2010

UTEP's quarterback depth figures to be bolstered on Saturday when New Mexico transfer Tate Smith practices with the team for the first time.

The 6-1, 200-pound Smith formerly walked on at New Mexico and played in four games for the Lobos in 2008. He completed 7-of-21 passes for 82 yards, but had his most productive outing versus eighth-ranked BYU when he was 5-for-10 for 60 yards over 17 plays.

Smith, who also played briefly at Cisco Junior College, left Odessa Permian High School as its all-time leading passer (3,214 yards). He threw for 2,375 yards as a senior, earning All-District, All-Region and All-Area honors while leading the Panthers to their first playoff appearance since 1998.

Smith will be utilizing the transfer exception for non-recruited student-athletes and could play as early as this fall. He has two years of eligibility.

Smith comes from a family of signal-callers. His cousins Stoney and Stormy Case quarterbacked New Mexico and Texas A&M, respectively, and Stoney Case was the 1994 WAC Player of the Year.

Also joining the team for Saturday's practice will be freshman wide receiver Jim Jones. The 6-0, 180-pound Redlands, Calif. native signed with the Miners in February after earning second team All-State honors his senior year. Jones compiled 27 catches for 464 yards in 2009 after putting up monster numbers as a junior (64 receptions-1,307 yards-15 TDs).

The Miners will be in Socorro through Aug. 15 and will practice at 4:30 this afternoon.