Winston Dimel Is Huge Addition for UTEP Football
When Winston Dimel ended months of speculation and announced that he would attend UTEP to play for his dad, Miner fans everywhere let out a huge sigh of relief. The former Kansas State fullback was an First Team Big 12 selection as a freshman and sophomore and a Second Team Big 12 player as a junior. Dimel was also one of the most sought after transfers in college football since he is widely considered to be one of the best fullback prospects in Division 1. ESPN Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. already has Dimel at the top of his 2019 NFL Draft board as the top fullback available.
Now that new head coach Dana Dimel has his son on the roster, the fullback will help the Miners in a variety of ways offensively. He quickly established himself as a great short yardage back and scored 22 rushing touchdowns in three seasons at Kansas State. As a freshman, Dimel caught eight passes for 261 yards and a pair of scores for the Wildcats. His blocking skills will help pave the way for running backs like Josh Fields, Quardraiz Wadley, Treyvon Hughes, TK Powell, and Ronald Awatt. I would also expect Dimel to increase his reception total and become a reliable target for Kai Locksley and Ryan Metz.
The most important contribution that Dimel will bring to UTEP in 2018 is his attitude. In his three seasons with Kansas State, he played in three bowl games (Cactus, Texas, and Liberty) and the Wildcats won their last two. The Miners locker room will need team leaders and Dimel can help a group of players who did not win a single game in 2017. He knows his father's system better than anyone and he's a winner. Those two characteristics can help transform a team in a hurry. We have seen Mike Price turn a three-win team into an eight win club in his first season. It might be too much pressure on Dana Dimel to expect a similar result in 2018, but having Winston on his sideline will be a huge boost.