UTEP's Rod Huntley, Travaun Nixon Garner Second Team All-Conference USA Honors
Dec. 7, 2010
Huntley has started 10 games at right guard this season, missing two with a stress fracture in his shin. The Arlington, Texas native has helped the Miners rank ninth nationally in tackles for losses allowed (4.0 per game) and 23rd in sacks allowed (1.3 per game). The Miners are averaging 26.2 points and 371 yards. UTEP has averaged 149.5 rushing yards and 4.6 per carry -- the school's top seasonal average since 1988 -- despite having just one individual 100-yard back all season.
Nixon, a cornerback, leads the team in interceptions with three for 97 yards. He is third on the team, and second among DBs, with 69 tackles while registering two tackles for losses and eight pass break-ups. Nixon is tied for fourth in C-USA in pass break-ups and seventh in interceptions. The Oxnard, Calif. native and Ventura JC transfer was credited with a season-best 10 tackles versus Tulane.
The Miners' honorable mention All-League honorees include senior WR Kris Adams, junior RB Joe Banyard, junior LS Matt Camilli, sophomore P Ian Campbell, junior LB Isaiah Carter, sophomore DB DeShawn Grayson, senior DB Wiston Jeune, sophomore KR/PR Marlon McClure, senior OL Anthony McNac, senior DL Robert Soleyjacks, senior OL Alex Solot and junior QB Trevor Vittatoe. Players must receive a minimum of one vote from the coaches to garner honorable mention recognition.
DL Germard Reed was appointed to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. The Lufkin, Texas native has supplied 27 tackles, 3.5 tackles for losses, a sack and pass break-up while appearing in every game. He is tied for the team lead in quarterback pressures (8) and has started 10 times at left tackle.
The Miners have had 30 first or second team All-Conference USA selections since joining the league in 2005.
UTEP will face BYU in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 18 at noon in Albuquerque.