The Army Black Knights host UTEP on Saturday at Michie Stadium. Here is your first look at the Miners.
SEASON SO FAR
UTEP (0-4) lost its season opener at Oklahoma 56-7. The following week the Miners fell to Rice 31-14. In week three UTEP lost at home to Arizona 63-16. Most recently the Miners were routed at New Mexico State 41-14. UTEP has struggled on both sides of the ball. On average, the Miners gain just 210 yards a game while allowing 519 to opponents. Running back Walter Dawn Jr. leads the Miners in rushing with 87 yards on 20 carries for one TD. Quarterback Ryan Metz has 34 completions on 69 attempts for 313 yards, three interceptions, and one touchdown. Four different players lead UTEP in receptions with eight catches each. Middle linebacker Alvin Jones leads the Miners in tackles with 31.
INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS
Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/24/17 DL Christian Buckingham Undisclosed “?” Saturday vs. Army
09/24/17 LB Dylan Parsee Undisclosed “?” Saturday vs. Army
09/24/17 LB Julian Jackson Undisclosed “?” Saturday vs. Army
09/12/17 WR Alan Busey Shoulder out for season
09/12/17 OL Greg Long Leg out for season
09/12/17 LB Jayson VanHook Shoulder out for season
09/12/17 DB Khalil Rashaad-Brown Achilles out for season
09/01/17 DL Chris Richardson Eligibility out for season
This is a game Army should be able to win handily. The Miners have been terrible so far this season being outscored by an average score of 49-13. If the Black Knights can offensively protect the ball and execute the option to perfection it should be a fun day at Michie. The challenge here is to show up ready to play. Hopefully, Jeff Monken can get the younger reserves in by early in the third quarter to give them some experience. It’s good to see Andy Davidson getting carries again.