The 2015 season was extremely grueling Sean Kugler and his UTEP football team. The Miners were battered with more season ending injuries than fans could keep track of and they still nearly qualified for a postseason bowl game. They even played three quarterbacks last season to help each one gain more experience in time for the 2016 season. After Mack Leftwich injured his shoulder and was lost for the season, the Miners were back down to just two quarterbacks during Spring practice. The team received some good news when former Fresno State signal caller Zack Greenlee announced that he would be transferring to UTEP for the 2016 season.

Greenlee was a heralded 3-star recruit and a Blue Chip Top 150 overall player coming out of Lincoln High School in Stockton, California. Greenlee was invited to participate in the Elite 11 QB Camp, which showcased the top 25 high school quarterbacks in the nation. He excelled at the camp and was ranked as the #4 prep quarterback on the Elite 11 list. He was redshirted in 2013 and played a total of 10 games over the next two seasons at Fresno State. Greenlee threw for 1,046 yards with 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He won't be handed the starting quarterback job at UTEP, but he has an excellent chance to see plenty of snaps under center for the Miners. Adding a quality Division 1 transfer to the mix that also includes sophomores Kavika Johnson and Ryan Metz will only give Coach Kugler and new UTEP offensive coordinator Brent Pease another big weapon for their new-look offense. Greenlee will graduate from Fresno State in May and most importantly, he will have two years of eligibility left for the Miners beginning with the 2016 season.