Originally posted on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 6/6/13
No. 112 UTEP (3-9) Coach Sean Kugler (first-year head coach)Returning Starters: 11, 6 offense, 5 defense, 0 special teamsRecruiting Rank: 121 Sean Kugler returns to his alma mater for his first head coaching gig and he faces an uphill climb to return the Miners to conference contenders. Mike Price guided the Miners to 8-4 records in each of his first two seasons in 2004 and 2005, with 6-2 and 5-3 conference marks, respectively. UTEP has failed to have a winning season since and are coming off a 3-9 season – UTEP’s worst record since going 2-10 in 2003.  Kugler inherits a defense that graduated eight starters and an offense that needs a new quarterback after Nick Lamaison graduated. Senior Carson Meger has the most experience at quarterback, throwing for 504 yards in eight games last season. He will be pushed by redshirt sophomore Blaire Sullivan.  The Miners do return leading receiver Jordan Leslie, who caught 51 passes for 973 yards and six touchdowns. Leslie has big-play ability...
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