UTEP Football Offensive Report Card – UTSA
It was a tough day at work for the Miners' offense on Saturday night in their 26-16 loss to UTSA. Let's go over the offensive grades.
Senior Kai Locksley was the starter entering this game and exited the matchup as next week's potential backup quarterback. Locksley couldn't do anything through the air, going 2-of-8 for 41 yards, rushed for just 24 yards and was sacked three times. This was probably the worst Locksley game of his career, easily giving him an "F" grade.
Senior Brandon Jones stepped in midway into the third quarter and orchestrated two touchdown trips in four total drives. He was 14-of-22 for 140 passing yards and a touchdown. His play alone carried the quarterback group but just wasn't enough to win.
Running backs: C+
In the first half, UTEP head coach Dana Dimel leaned toward running plays on offense but really couldn't get the ground game established after that. Senior tailback Treyvon Hughes carried the ball 10 times for 62 rushing yards and a touchdown, while junior Josh Fields had four rushes for 31 yards. Neither running back could really get momentum on the ground but the backs weren't given the proper opportunities during the late part of the game.
Going from having multiple dropped passes against Southern Miss to having nearly no drops against UTSA, the receivers took a major step forward. Also, they were without junior wideout Devaughn Cooper, who sat out with a shoulder injury.
The receiving corp was led by Tre'Shon Wolf, catching nine passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Justin Garrett had his career-high in receptions—three catches for 44 yards. Ysleta's own Reynaldo Flores stepped into the game and caught two passes for 34 yards from the backfield and tight end Jess Trussell caught a pass, which makes it five straight games with a catch or more for the graduate transfer.
Offensive line: D-
Another poor outing by the offensive line, which allowed four sacks tonight and did not provide enough run blocking support throughout the game. Locksley alone was sacked three times and averaged 1.3 yards per carry. Finishing with just 99 rushing yards and piling up a handful of penalties made this an underwhelming performance by the Miners.
Another step back for the offense, who continues to operate without an identity. At times, this offense's predictable play-calling is hard to watch. Now we will enter a two week period of what should be another starting quarterback carousel.
Special teams: C+
Special teams showed more discipline this game than last week and was carried by their punter Mitchell Crawford. The punter finished with eight punts for 297 yards with a long of 56 and two pinned inside the 20.
They couldn't return kicks well though, combining for just 28 kickoff and punt return yards on the night.