UTEP Game Notes Versus Rice
Following a week off, 23rd-ranked UTEP (6-2, 4-1 WAC) begins a two-game homestand by facing Rice (3-6, 2-4 WAC). Each of UTEP's remaining three games are against schools that will be a part of the new-look Conference USA beginning in July 2005. The Miners will host SMU on Nov. 20 before wrapping up the regular season on Nov. 27 at Tulsa. UTEP has won five straight games, its longest streak since capturing a school-record seven consecutive victories in 2000 en route to a Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl appearance. The Miners have won six of their last seven games following a 41-9 setback in the season opener at Arizona State.
UTEP is playing a home game for the first time in nearly a month. The Miners' last appearance in the Sun Bowl came on Oct. 16, a 51-20 dismantling of Hawaii. UTEP is 3-1 at home, including a pair of shutouts (32-0 over Weber State and 45-0 over New Mexico State). The Miners have outscored their last two home opponents 96-20 following a 47-31 loss to Boise State in the Sun Bowl on Sept. 18. UTEP has averaged 39.8 points at home while surrendering 16.8 ppg (the Miners have outscored foes 128-20 in home wins).
The Owls lead the series with UTEP 4-3, although the Miners hold a 2-1 edge in games played in the Sun City.
Do You Believe?
UTEP is 23rd in this week's Associated Press poll and 27th in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
With six wins, UTEP has already equaled its victory total for the previous three seasons combined. The Miners registered two victories in each of the last three years (2001-03). UTEP is also bowl-eligible for the first time since 2000, when the Miners finished 8-4 and won a share of the Western Athletic Conference title. With three WAC road wins, UTEP has tied the school record set in 1987 and re-established in 2000.
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Scouting The Owls
Rice's option attack has produced 311.4 rushing yards per game. Three Owls have accumulated over 500 yards rushing this season -- senior RB Ed Bailey (726, 90.8 ypg), freshman QB Joel Armstrong (569, 81.3 ypg) and senior QB Greg Henderson (521, 65.1 ypg). Henderson has thrown for 428 yards as Rice averages just 73.2 yards through the air. Rice has been inconsistent from a scoring standpoint. The Owls have topped 40 points on three occasions, but have averaged 14.8 points in their remaining six contests.
Defensively, Rice has yielded 147.2 yards rushing and 221.7 yards passing per outing.
As one might expect, Rice leads the nation in rushing yards per game and ranks last out of 117 Division I schools in passing yards per game. Individually, sophomore DB Andray Downs is 21st in the country in kickoff returns (26.1 avg.).
Brad Hovious, Rice's Assistant Athletic Director for Development, was Director of Athletics at UTEP from 1987-93.
Seven Miners hail from the city of Houston -- LB Godwin Akinduro (Elsik HS), WR Chris Francies (Cypress Falls HS), OL Justin Gissendanner (Dobie HS), RB Brandon Jackson (Booker T. Washington HS), DL Alex Obomese (Westbury HS), DL Aaron Osborn (Aldine Nimitz HS) and DL Joe Ward (Madison HS). OL Tim Ford is from Tomball, Texas (Tomball HS) near Houston.
Nate Poss, UTEP's Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations, graduated from Rice in 1978 and played for the Owls for four years (1973-76).
The Owls ran rampant on the UTEP defense, piling up 450 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Rice finished with 498 yards of total offense. The Owls led 31-0 at the half and scored the game's first 38 points.
Matt Austin dashed Rice's hopes for its first shutout of the season on a seven-yard run with 12:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Orlando Cruz added a 20-yard rushing TD for the Miners with 3:46 left in the fourth quarter, completing a 12-play, 98-yard drive. The drive was the longest of the season for UTEP.
Robbie Beck rushed for 102 yards and Thomas Lott picked up 87 more for the Owls.
UTEP's Jordan Palmer made his sixth start of the season at quarterback, but was relieved by Cruz early after suffering a back injury. Palmer finished the day one of three passing for zero yards. Cruz threw for 174 yards on 11 of 21 pass attempts.
The Miners caused five turnovers -- leading to 17 points -- and compiled 372 yards of offense.
UTEP, which won its fifth straight game, scored the contest's first 14 points. Josh Chamois reached the end zone on a one-yard run with 13:24 remaining in the first quarter, and Palmer hit Jayson Boyd for a 23-yard touchdown with 6:19 left in the period.
San Jose State drew to within 14-7 on a nine-yard run by Tyson Thompson with 4:43 to go in the first quarter.
The Miners led 14-7 at the break despite giving up 205 yards of offense to the Spartans, including 122 rushing. San Jose State lost two fumbles in the opening half, including one at the Miner one-yard line.
UTEP limited the Spartans to 100 yards of offense after the break, including seven yards in the third quarter.
Palmer completed his first eight pass attempts before being picked off by Brian Nunez in the final seconds of the half.
The Miners converted a pair of turnovers &endash; interceptions by Thomas Howard and Phillip Moss &endash; into 10 third-quarter points.
Following the Howard pick, UTEP moved 60 yards on seven plays, capped off by Palmer's nine-yard pass to Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr. for a score.
The Miners capitalized on Moss' interception with Reagan Schneider's 20-yard field goal.
The last time UTEP won a game when having 10 fewer first downs than the opponent was on Oct. 1, 1988, a 38-28 victory over Utah in the Sun Bowl. The Miners amassed 22 first downs to the Utes' 39 on that day. UTEP won five games in 1988 when having fewer first downs than the team on the other sideline.
Individually Bryce Benekos is eighth in the country in punting (44.7 avg.), Howard Jackson is 10th in all-purpose yards (168.5 avg.) and 19th in rushing (104.4 ypg), Reagan Schneider is 11th in field goals (1.6 avg.) and 17th in scoring (8.8 ppg), Jahmal Fenner is 12th in interceptions (0.5 avg.) and punt returns (16.0 avg.), Adrian Ward is 37th in interceptions (0.4 avg.) and Jordan Palmer is 43rd in passing efficiency (130.5 rating).
Perfect In October
UTEP was downright dominant in October, outscoring opponents by a combined tally of 202-88. The Miners averaged 40.4 points in October while allowing an average of 17.6 points (+22.8 scoring margin).
The Miners have registered three straight wins by 15+ points for the first time since 1988, when they posted successive lopsided victories over Hawaii (42-25), Colorado State (34-14), New Mexico (37-0) and New Mexico State (42-9).
UTEP tied the school record for wins in the month of October (5), achieved previously in 1932 and 1988.
The Miners were also unbeaten in October in 1919 (1-0), 1930 (4-0), 1936 (3-0-1), 1937 (2-0-2), 1948 (3-0-1), 1953 (4-0), 1955 (3-0-1), 1957 (3-0), 1960 (4-0), 1966 (4-0), 1967 (2-0-1) and 2000 (3-0).
Reconstruction Ahead Of Schedule
Duplicated its win total (6) from the previous three seasons combined
Clinched only its fourth winning season since 1971 (1987, 1988 and 2000 were the others)
Recorded a five-game winning streak for only the 11th time in school history (1930, 1932, 1937, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1988, 2000)
Become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2000, and for only the fourth time in 18 years
Tied the school record for WAC road wins (3)
Clinched a .500 or better record in WAC play for only the sixth time in 37 seasons. UTEP's next victory will secure a winning WAC mark for only the fifth time in school annals.
Earned a Top 25 ranking by the Associated Press for the first time in school history. The Miners are listed in a national top 25 poll for the first time since 1988, when UTEP was rated as high as 22nd in the country by USA Today/CNN.
Earned a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) ranking for the first time in school annals. UTEP was 24th in last week's BCS standings (new rankings are released on Monday).
In The Polls
Boise State is currently 8-0 and 14th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Arizona State (7-2) is ranked 20th by the AP. Fresno State was rated as high as 19th before falling to Louisiana Tech on Oct. 2.
The combined record of the two teams which have beaten UTEP this season is 15-2.
Fresno State and Hawaii capped off the 2003 season by appearing in the Silicon Valley Bowl and Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, respectively. It is the first time the Miners have beaten two teams that participated in bowl games the previous year since 2000.
In 2000 UTEP defeated Hawaii (Oahu Bowl in 1999) and Fresno State (Las Vegas Bowl in 1999).
Deja Vu All Over Again?
UTEP's record through eight games mirrors its 2000 mark in as many contests. The 2000 Miners went on to finish 8-4, win a share of the WAC title and earn a spot in the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho.
Like 2000, the Miners lost their first and third games before starting a winning streak. UTEP has currently won five straight games. In 2000, the Miners rattled off a school-record seven consecutive victories.
The two teams have several similarities through eight games. See the accompanying box comparing the two teams.
You Can Say He Is One Of The Best
Jackson is third in the country among active players with 5,709 career all-purpose yards behind Kansas State's Darren Sproles (6,463) and Texas' Cedric Benson (5,734). Jackson and Sproles have both played in 43 games, but Sproles has totaled 909 plays to Jackson's 728. Jackson has averaged 7.8 yards per play, Sproles 7.1 and Benson 5.2.
Jackson ranks 11th among active players with 3,114 rushing yards. He is also third with 1,890 kickoff return yards behind Louisville's Broderick Clark (2,006) and Boston College's Will Blackmon (1,959).
Interceptions Have Become Common
Senior Jahmal Fenner is tops on the squad with four picks. He is tied for 17th among active players in the country with nine during his career. Fenner is also seventh among active players with 833 punt return yards.
Nine UTEP players have recorded an interception this season, including senior Adrian Ward who has three. A junior college transfer, Ward has totaled six picks in only 21 career games.
Miners Will Take It Away
UTEP's turnover margin for the season is now +8 (17 giveaways/25 takeaways). Last year the Miners' turnover margin was -15 (40 giveaways/25 takeaways). In other words, UTEP has collected the same number of takeaways (25) in eight games as it did in 13 contests a year ago.
The Miners have also had an interception in their last 11 games dating back to 2003. The streak is the longest in the modern area of football (post-1964) at the school, breaking the nine-game streak of 2000.
UTEP has recorded two interceptions or more in its last six outings. The Miners also had six games in a row with two or more interceptions in 1966 and 1988.
The Miners are tied for third in the nation with their 25 takeaways.
Nearly Automatic When Seeing Red
Over the last four games, UTEP is 17 for 17 in the red zone with 14 touchdowns and three field goals.
Jackson And The Century Mark
Jackson had his coming out party on Nov. 17, 2001 at Rice. After being pulled out of redshirt four games into the season, he scored the first touchdown of his career versus the Owls (in his sixth career game). Jackson finished with nine carries for 96 yards (10.7 avg.) on that night, and collected his first career 100-yard performance a week later versus Nevada (20 carries-103 yards).
Jackson, who put up a personal best 175 yards rushing against Rice in 2002, has had 47 carries for 351 yards (117 avg./7.5 ypc) lifetime versus the Owls.
Blitzkrieg Offense Continues
The Sack Man Is Coming
LB Thomas Howard and DL Chris Mineo have been terrorizing quarterbacks. Both have five sacks this season and are one sack away from joining the UTEP single-season top 10 list. Melvin Besses holds the school record with 11.0 during the 1979 season.
The Miners had a season-high six sacks versus Louisiana Tech on Oct. 23.
Raining Touchdowns Through The Air
Palmer has completed 131 of 225 passes for 1,648 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. His passing efficiency rating for the season is 130.5.
Palmer is 61 for 95 (64 percent) for 794 yards and 11 touchdowns over his last three games. After throwing four interceptions in the season opener at Arizona State, Palmer has had 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in the last seven contests.
Palmer is the younger brother of Carson Palmer, winner of the 2002 Heisman Trophy at USC and the first pick by Cincinnati in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Jordan Palmer and Higgins hooked up for the second-longest pass play in Bulldog Stadium history with a 91-yard score on Oct. 9 at Fresno State.
Higgins is fifth on the team with 19 receptions, and leads the squad with 412 receiving yards and six scores. His 21.7 yards per catch average is best on the squad. Fifteen out of his 19 receptions have resulted in either a first down or a touchdown this season.
UTEP is second in the WAC and seventh in the nation with a passing efficiency defense rating of 98.7. UTEP hasn't registered a passing efficiency defense rating below 100 since 1987 (97.8). Since 1950, the school record for passing efficiency defense is 58.7, set in 1963. This year's mark ranks 15th in the school record books. If the Miners finish the year with a passing efficiency defense rating below 100, it will mark only the second time since 1972 that this has happened in the Sun City.
You Can Put It On The Board . . .
The scoring average is third best in school annals since 1950. UTEP averaged 35.9 points in 1967 and 35.6 in 1988.
UTEP's 51 points versus Hawaii were the most since scoring 59 against Sam Houston State in 2003. It was the most scored on a Division I-A opponent since putting up 54 points versus New Mexico State in 1999.
UTEP's three 40-point games this season are the most since 2000, when the Miners had four 40-point outings. The school record for 40-point games is five, set in 1950. Over the last three games, the Miners have averaged 44.3 points.
Rushing Defense Significantly Improved
UTEP limited Hawaii to 77 yards rushing on Oct. 16. It marked the second time this season that the Miners have held opponents to under 100 yards rushing. UTEP limited Weber State to 34 yards on the ground on Sept. 11. Since 1965, UTEP has now limited its opponent to under 100 yards rushing in 25 games.
San Jose State rushed for 122 yards in the first half on Oct. 30 led by Tyson Thompson, who totaled 84 yards on 22 carries. The Miners adjusted in the second half, holding the Spartans to 10 yards on 19 carries. Thompson had five attempts for zero yards following the intermission.
Big-Time Impact For Price
Price was named National Coach of the Year when he led Washington State to a 10-2 record and a Rose Bowl appearance in 1997. Price is not the only former national coach of the year to start at a new school this year. Army's Bobby Ross and Central Florida's George O'Leary have also earned that honor in the past. Ross was the 1990 National Coach of the Year after directing Georgia Tech to an 11-0-1 record, while O'Leary was also recognized after leading Georgia Tech to a 9-3 mark in 1999.
First time Division I-A coaches include J.D. Brookhart (Akron), Mike Stoops (Arizona), Brian Kelly (Central Michigan), Mark Dantonio (Cincinnati), Jeff Genyk (Eastern Michigan), Nick Holt (Idaho), Sylvester Croom (Mississippi State) and Bill Callahan (Nebraska).
Price has now compiled a 135-124 record in a 23-year coaching career at Weber State (1981-88), Washington State (1989-2002) and UTEP (2004). He directed the Cougars to three 10-win seasons (1997, 2001, 2002). During his 14 years in Pullman, Price coached five players who were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, including quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf.
Fenner Makes Miners Winners
Fenner ranks third in the WAC and 12th in the country with 0.5 interceptions per game. He is second in the league and 12th in the country, averaging 16 yards per punt return. He has had three punt returns for over 20 yards this season.
With nine interceptions, Fenner is one away from etching his name onto UTEP's all-time top 10 list.
Rodriguez Continues To Lead In Tackles
This season Rodriguez has piled up 70 tackles, including nine tackles for losses, a sack and an interception. He is third in the WAC in tackles with 8.8 per game; Hawaii DB Leonard Peters is the leader with 9.6 stops per contest.
An El Paso native and converted running back, Rodriguez had a personal best 22 stops against SMU and Rice in 2001. He has posted double-digit tackles in 22 career games, including four times this season.
With 392 tackles, Rodriguez ranks seventh on the UTEP career list. Next on the list is Hal Barnett (1974-76), who posted 407 stops in his Miner career.
Rodriguez is trying to become only the fourth Miner to lead the team in tackles in three seasons this year. This was previously achieved by Raymond Morris (1980-83), Barron Wortham (1990-93) and Michael Comer (1994-96). Morris, Wortham and Comer all went on to enjoy NFL stints. Morris was with Chicago, Comer was with Arizona and Wortham was with Houston, Tennessee and Dallas. Rodriguez currently has two more tackles than his closest pursuer, senior LB Godwin Akinduro (68).
Benekos Ranks Eighth Nationally
No active punter in the country has had as many punts or punt yardage as Benekos has had during his career.
In addition to ranking eighth in the country, Benekos leads the WAC in punting average. He has also pinned 13 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
Benekos, who got married during the off season, is a three-time Academic All-WAC pick.
A Lotta Action From This Jackson
Jackson is now 462 yards away from tying school record-holder John Harvey (1985-86-87-88). Jackson would need to average 154 yards per game over the last three contests to catch Harvey.
Jackson will also move into third place for carries with 13 more attempts, tying Paul Smith (1996-97-98-99).
Jackson has already smashed UTEP's career all-purpose yardage record. He has 5,709 all-purpose yards -- tops in school history -- and has averaged 132.8 all-purpose yards per contest, which is second in the record books. Last season Jackson racked up 2,146 all-purpose yards, shattering Hughes' single-season mark which had stood for nearly 40 years.
Jackson rates second on the Miner charts in kickoff return yardage (1,890) and third in kickoff returns (77).
Jackson, who returned one punt for five yards at Rice in 2001, recorded the second punt return of his career at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 23. He picked up nine yards on the return.
Jackson Chasing Down History
Making An Impact
The duo is currently 1-2 on the team in tackles. Rodriguez leads the unit with 70 stops, while Akinduro has posted 68 over eight games. Rodriguez is also tied for the team lead with nine tackles for losses. He has one sack, four QB hurries, four forced fumbles, three pass breakups and an interception (18 yards at Fresno State). Akinduro has three tackles for losses and has recovered two fumbles.
Akinduro picked up 12 tackles against New Mexico State to earn WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Throw in Thomas Howard -- UTEP's starting strong side linebacker -- and you have a terrific trio. Howard ranks fourth on the team with 33 tackles. Howard, a big playmaker, has nine TFLs, five sacks, two interceptions, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 2004.
Punt Return Specialist
He also had his career-long return of 84 yards in the fourth quarter versus the Sun Devils. His previous long was 62 yards last year against Cal Poly. Fenner currently ranks 12th in the NCAA in punt return average (16 ypr).
Fenner (80 career returns) holds the school record for career punt returns. The previous record was held by Javier Sanchez (1996-97-98, 2000) with 70. Fenner now has 833 career punt return yards. Gerald Campbell (1949-50-51) is the career record-holder with 874 yards.
Run For Perfection Ends
He rebounded to nail a 20-yarder later in the game, making him 13 for 14 on field goal attempts this season. Schneider has scored 70 points, with 13 field goals and 31 PATs. He is 31-for-32 (96.9 percent) in PAT tries. His long field goal was good for 52 yards versus Weber State.
His 13 field goals are already tied for fifth-best in the school's single-season records, and his 70 points rank third. If the season ended today, his field goal percentage would rate best in school history.
He is 7-for-8 on field goals of 40 yards or more this season. Last year he was 0-for-3 from that range.
Schneider booted four field goals -- including a 52-yarder before halftime -- to tie the school record against Weber State. His four field goals tied Scott Wedell (1983 vs. Weber State), Chris Jacke (1988 vs. Colorado State) and Jason Gillespie (1990 vs. Hawaii and 1990 at Colorado State) for the top figure in school annals.
Schneider also set a personal high with 14 points twice this season, first against Weber State and then at Louisiana Tech. The 14 points are the most by a kicker since Jacke had 16 points (three field goals, seven PATs) in a 58-7 win over San Diego State on Nov. 12, 1988.
Schneider is currently 11th in the NCAA with 1.6 field goals made per game, and 17th with 8.8 points per game.
He is on pace to crack UTEP's top 10 list for points in a season. If he maintains his current pace he would finish with 96 points, which would rank fourth in school annals.
Defense Key To Miner Success
UTEP is second in the WAC and 39th in the country in scoring defense (22 ppg). Last year the Miners surrendered 38.3 points per game, and have shaved an average of 16.3 points per game off that figure in 2004.
Hundley's defense has limited two opponents to under 250 yards (112 vs. Weber State, 226 vs. New Mexico State). It is the first time that UTEP has performed such a feat since the 2000 season, and only the 12th time since 1965.
Against Weber State, UTEP put up its best defensive effort since the 1967 Sun Bowl game, when it allowed 109 yards in a 14-7 victory over Mississippi. The Miners held Weber State to 112 yards of total offense (34 rushing, 78 passing). The performance marked only the eighth time since 1965 that the Miners have limited an opponent to under 150 yards of offense.
The Pride Of El Paso
UTEP has committed two penalties twice this year (Boise State, New Mexico State). However, the Miners had season-highs for penalties (eight) and penalty yards (78) the last time out at San Jose State.
The 2003 UTEP squad was the most penalized team in school history, finishing the year with 109 penalties for 864 yards. Through eight games in 2004, UTEP has committed 46 mistakes for 393 yards.
No Flaws At All
Games without turnovers are rare for UTEP teams. Since the 1965 season the Miners have played 436 games and have had only 29 games (6.7 percent) with no turnovers. The school record for most games without a turnover in a season is four, set in 1988.
Turnovers haven't been a problem for the Miners in 2004. They have had 17 giveaways and 25 takeaways this season. Their turnover margin of 1.0 ranks 10th in the NCAA.
UTEP has not finished the season with a plus turnover margin since 2000 (+0.4 tm). Last year the Miners finished with 40 turnovers (-1.2 tm). In 2002 UTEP had 37 miscues (-1.6 tm), and in 2001 the Miners had 31 (-0.9 tm).
No More Fumbles
The Miners have had 11 turnovers via the interception. Jordan Palmer had four interceptions at Arizona State and again versus Hawaii. The Miners are 4-0 when quarterbacks do not throw an interception this season.
Thomas is being eased into the college game. He has rushed 32 times for 132 yards, and caught three passes for seven yards. Thomas had career highs for rushes (nine) against New Mexico State, and rushing yards (37) at San Jose State.
Darby, who has been suspended indefinitely, saw his first collegiate action on special teams against Boise State.
Along with Thomas and Darby, 11 other Miners currently on the active roster saw action as true freshmen. Among them are Matt Austin (debut in 2001), Bryce Benekos (debut in 2001), Mark Dowdy (debut in 2000), Justin Hunt (debut in 2000), Howard Jackson (debut in 2001), Jeremy Jones (debut in 2003), Aaron King (debut in 2003), Chris Marrow (debut in 2003), Phillip Moss (debut in 2002), Reagan Schneider (debut in 2003) and Jimmy Smith (debut in 2001).
O-Line Is Youngest Unit
Two of this year's starters -- junior LG Jose Garcia and senior RT Robert Espinosa -- have started 18 and 26 career games, respectively. Senior RG Ben Graniello has started on 13 occasions. Senior Bo Morris and junior Josh House -- who start at center and left tackle, respectively -- made the first starts of their careers in the season opener at Arizona State. Morris and House have started all eight games this season.
Also seeing action in the offensive line this season have been Anthony Casey (five games), Alex DiMatteo (six games), Luis Espinosa (eight games), Tim Ford (two games), Dustin Gersch (two games), James Riley (eight games), Clay Salima (five games), Andy Smith (five games), Jordan Tubig (two games) and Mark Parrish (one game).
Moss played one game at quarterback against Boise State in 2002. He went three of 13 for 25 yards in that contest. He was redshirted last year to make the transition to defense.
Senior Jimmy Smith began his Miner career on the defensive side of the ball before switching to running back. He notched 14 tackles in eight games in 2001.
Media Takes Notice
Since the beginning of August, television crews from Fox Sports Net Southwest and College Sports Television (CSTV) have made visits to Miner practices, as well as ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit. Also in attendance have been writers from the Associated Press Dallas bureau, Albuquerque Journal, Arizona Republic, Denver Post and ESPN The Magazine.
All In The Family
Breaking Down the 2004 Miners
Four Miners are playing the 2004 season as graduate students -- Givens, Graniello, senior TE Justin Hunt and Morris.
From The Weight Room
Nine Miners have registered vertical jumps of 40 inches or better, compared to two in 2003. Twenty-six players have vertical jumps of over 35 inches.
Senior DLs Ibok Ibok and Aaron Osborn can both bench press 429 pounds. Twenty-five players bench pressed 350+ pounds over the summer, compared to 17 in the summer of 2003.
Junior WR Jayson Boyd has achieved a standing long jump of 10 feet seven inches. Junior DB Cedric Click has the top vertical jump on the team at 42.5 inches.