Breaking Down UTEP's 2017 Roster

UTEP prepares for fall camp and the Miner's roster is taking form. Here's a rundown on weight gains and losses, position changes and defections. 

  • Position Changes
    • As previously noted here Walter Dawn moves from receiver to running back. 
    • Former quarterback Kavika Johnson transitions to receiver full time. 
    • Christopher Kristian moves to linebacker from fullback. 
    • Running back Trayvon Hughes will move to linebacker. 
    • Brandon Moss leaves the defensive backfield for the receiving corps. 
    • Lastly former offensive lineman Robert Pufahl is a moving his 270 pound frame to fullback.
  • Weight Changes
    • Redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Barnwell is the biggest gainer having put on 40 pounds this offseason to get to 230 pounds. 
    • Moving the other way redshirt freshman defensive lineman Tiano Tialavea dropped 35 pounds to get down to a svelte 310 pounds. 
    • Defensive back Michael Lewis added twenty pounds this offseason. 
    • Offensive lineman Josiah Gray is down fifteen pounds from last season. 
    • Fullback David Jackson added fifteen pounds to get up to 240.
    • Finally, among the bigger movers was lineman Derek Elmendorff who put on 25 pounds this offseason to get up to 325.
  • Off the roster
    • Among the players no longer listed on the roster, snapper/offensive lineman Chance Bishop has left the team. He snapped in eleven games in 2016.
    • So has Los Angeles area defensive lineman Foster Dixon. Dixon played in six games as a true freshman. 
    • Linebackers Makana Fraser from Hawaii and local product Greyson Gabbard are both off the fall roster. 
    • Mack Leftwich retired from football due to injury and has graduated and gone into coaching. Leftwich hasn't played since 2015 and wasn't expected back. 
    • Cedar Hill defensive back Kolbi McGary is off the fall roster. He played in ten games last season. 
    • Transfer running back Orion Prescott is no longer listed on the Miner roster. Prescott played in ten games in 2016.
    • Redshirt freshman Curtez Woods, a local product from El Paso is not on the squad for the fall. He played in two game last fall.
    • Linebacker Bradley Taylor from Visalia, California who made the CUSA Academic Honor Roll last year is also not found on UTEP's 2017 roster.  

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