June 6, 2007

Thomas leads the Miners in 2007

Losing five out of the last six games the previous season did not sit well with Miner fans and left head football coach Mike Price scratching his head.

Last year's collapse led Price to move his coaching staff around to better suit the needs of the team, and create a vigorous training schedule. Here is an update on how the running back position is shaping up.

"There is a lot of work to be done…we are a ways off," Price said, speaking of the running game.

That's an understatement from the fourth year coach. Consider this, the Miners averaged 57.6 yards per game last season, which ranked them 116 out of 119 Division I-A teams in rushing. In fact, 94 running backs ran for more yards individually than the combined efforts of UTEP's backfield (691 yards).

The running game is in need of an overhaul, but fear not Miner fans because UTEP touts four studs at the position. Here is an overview of the four running backs who will receive carries this season.

Running back low-down

Marcus Thomas is in his final season as a UTEP Miner and ready to show fans why he was a former 2002 Parade Magazine All-American at Tolleson High School. Thomas has rushed for 1,304 yards in the past two seasons, but now he has help from three teammates which he believes are a raw and talented bunch.

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