MinerTalk: WR Jacob Cowing is On Pace to Enter UTEP Record Books
Let's talk about Jacob Cowing once more before Saturday's conference home opener against Old Dominion.
He's received national recognition through the past two games for his play on the field. He's coming off his best performance thus far against New Mexico—seven touchdowns, 174 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Colin Deaver from KTSM did a great story on the Maricopa, Ariz. native and how being a young father inspires Cowing's on-field play.
The sophomore wide receiver has garnered lots of hype and earned every bit of it so far. He currently leads Conference USA and ranks fourth in FBS for receiving yards (467). His 116.8 receiving yards per game are second in C-USA and fifth in FBS.
Cowing also has a chance to join the small circle of the best wide receivers to wear a UTEP uniform if he continues to be this productive. His eight 100-yard games has him tied for eighth in program history. UTEP legend Chuck Hughes (1964-66) is the program leader with 13 different 100-yard games. Lee Mays (1998-01) has the record for 200 career receptions, while Cowing has 93 in his sophomore year. The school leader for career yardage is Johnnie Lee Higgins Jr. (2003-06) with 3,218. Cowing is at 1,708 yards through 23 games of his career.
In fact, if Cowing ended his UTEP career today, his career 18.6 average yards per reception would rank as the third-best in school history. In 2021, he's already averaging 23.4 yards per catch.
Another special thing about watching Cowing in this offense is that he is also playing with a wide receiver that is also historically great. Justin Garrett, who led the Miners in receiving during the 2019 season, has four 100-career games under his belt, and his 11 receptions against North Texas (2019) stands among the program's top-10 single-game receiving record.
Along with his productivity, Cowing is also one of the most consistent players on the team. He has a catch in 22 consecutive contests, along with at least two receptions or more through the last 16 games. His 174 receiving yards against New Mexico is the most receiving yards by a UTEP player since Jordan Leslie (218 at Tulsa) back in 2012.
Maybe some day we'll be talking about Cowing playing on Sundays.
For now though, we'll enjoy his performances week after week with the Miners.
Cowing and the Miners (3-1) will face off against Old Dominion (1-3) to open up their Conference USA slate this Saturday, Oct. 2, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.