The top 10 players returning to the UTEP Miners for the 2020 college football season.
Important to note that this list is based upon last year's data and film from on each specific team as well as judgment based upon the player's position both his skill and the level of talent around him at the said position and influential cohorts. Positional value also plays a large factor in these rankings as does the offensive or defensive scheme.
1. Justin Garrett, WR
2. Praise Amaewhule, DE
3. Duron Lowe, CB
4. Josh Ortega, DE
5. Bobby Deharo, G
6. Jacob Cowing, WR
7. Jayson VanHook, LB
8. Josh Caldwell, CB
9. Zuri Henry, T
10. Elijah Klein, G
Honorable Mention: Darta Lee, T
I forgive you if you don't know most of the players on the list above but if you don't know the top receivers for the Miners, then there is no reason for you to be here. Garrett hauled in 40 receptions for 446 yards and three scores, doing a ton of damage in chunks, averaging 11.2 yards per catch and breaking multiple tackles after he hauled in a reception. Cowing is also a threat with the ball in his hands, averaging a whopping 17.7 yards per catch, it'll just be a matter of who's getting the ball to them this fall.
While Deharo, Klein and Henry are solid in both the run game and pass game, they each have their strengths that play well with one another, and that unit should be a solid group heading into the 2020 season.
On defense, Amaewhule recorded three sacks a year ago and nearly 20 total QB pressures while also playing very well against the run. He doesn't miss tackles in open space nor in crowded areas at the line of scrimmage, a testament to his strength.
Ortega could be the next big thing on the edge for UTEP with more reps in 2020. He had a sack and two hits a year ago while the majority of his tackles were at the line of scrimmage or behind. Lowe and Caldwell each also had their moments in 2019 as Lowe recorded four pass breakups and Caldwell counteracted his four penalties with nine pass breakups of his own.