UTEP Roster Outlook: Fullbacks
If you’ve watched any of Kansas State’s offense throughout the recent years, you might have noticed the offense’s vast use of the fullback position. During the past couple seasons, former UTEP coach Sean Kugler also incorporated fullbacks into the system.
Now that Dana Dimel has taken the reigns of the team, fullbacks will continue to be integrated into the offense, starting with his son, Winston, who transfered from Kansas State.
Here is a glimpse into the Miners’ entire fullback roster:
Winston Dimel - Graduate Transfer - Kansas State
Choosing UTEP over the likes of Missouri, Texas A&M and Wisconsin, Winston Dimel will be a strong veteran addition to the Miners. He's a three-time All-Big 12 honoree and started every single game he played in. His numbers jump right off the page, including 22 rushing touchdowns, 418 receiving yards.
Winston fits in just about anywhere on this team, from taking short-yardage handoffs, to being a blocker for the run or pass. One thing is for sure, he’s hunting for the NFL next year and Miner fans will see a lot of him on the field this season.
Forest McKee - Sophomore - Oñate HS; Las Cruces, N.M.
Despite his family ties in Las Cruces and New Mexico State, fullback Forest McKee decided to be a Miner and develop his own legacy with the orange and blue. McKee played in five games last season as a true freshman and was asked to do all the grit work, like blocking on offense and special teams.
In high school, McKee was recognized on the New Mexico All-State first team and was named NMPreps.com Linebacker of the Year. He played three seasons of varsity at both the fullback and linebacker position, but ultimately was recruited to play for the Miners offensively.
Robert Pufahl - Junior - Oaks Christian HS; Westlake Village, Calif.
Last offseason was quite the time for Robert Pufahl. He was a former walk-on athlete that earned a full scholarship at Camp Ruidoso for what he did through practice and in the classroom. Pufahl was named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2016 and 2017.
Interestingly enough, his dad, Robert Sr., played for UTEP as a teammate of former head coach Sean Kugler on the 1988 team that won 10 games.
Jonathan Millan - Sophomore - Coronado HS; El Paso, Texas
UTEP fullback Jonathan Millan was a local standout product from Coronado that emerged through the local scene in El Paso high school football. He amassed 1,017 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns in 2015.
His UTEP career has been a little shorter, as he was redshirted in 2016 and missed 2017 due to an injury. However, he’s has great athleticism and can emerge to a good product for the Miners on the ground in the future. He was also named to the 2017 C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.