After a much deserved day off yesterday for the UTEP football team following a successful scrimmage over the weekend on Saturday morning; fans, players and coaches witnessed an impressive performance from the newly transferred Jamiell Showers.

In his first scrimmage as a Miner, Showers completed 9 of 15 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. I know some will say it was only a scrimmage and there is plenty of work to be done before the September 7th opener versus the New Mexico Lobos, however, at this point it is safe to assume there will be no quarterback controversy as Showers seems to have a stranglehold on the starting job barring an injury.

No disrespect to Blaire Sullivan or any other quarterback on the roster, but this was the plan once Showers’ transfer was announced back in late February and so far the plan seems to be working.  He has established a great rapport with his new teammates and his leadership has been evident since stepping on to campus.  He wanted his chance to be a starter and there doesn’t seem to be anything standing in his way and his play has only solidified his standing as the head signal caller.

Add the performances from the offensive line, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers in fall camp and this year’s version of the UTEP offense could be one of the surprises in Conference USA this season.

With two more days of camp remaining Showers and the Miners hope to close up strong as they get ready to return to El Paso to finish final preparation prior to the 2013 season.

Only 19 days to go until the opening kickoff in the Sun Bowl.

So close yet so far.