We wondered why UTEP listed true freshman Trace Mascorro at starting nose tackle for the Oklahoma game. Today we have our answer; the EP Times reports that Chris Richardson, slotted as the starter during fall camp, will miss 2017 due to academic issues.
In his weekly press conference, Sean Kugler noted that Denzel Chukwukelu would move inside on the certain packages. The Miners list Mike Sota as Mascorro's backup in the game notes. Mascorro is a freshman from Refugio. At 6-1, 270, he's two inches shorter and thirty pounds smaller than Richardson. Sota played started at defensive end last season. He's one of the 2016 starters unseated by UTEP's younger, bigger linemen.
The Miners kickoff at 2:30 in Norman Saturday.