June 20, 2007
Miners have experience in the OL
The offensive line is an integral part in the success of any offense. For the UTEP Miners it was a vital part of their offensive woes. Injuries and lack of experience were the downfall of last year's line, but fast-forward to 2007 and the problems of yesterday are strengths of today.
"Young players are getting a lot of reps; they are getting better because they would not be receiving the reps," UTEP head football coach Mike Price said. "It's good for the future of our program
and a blessing in disguise."
The offensive line was inconsistent to be brunt. Certain games they would show glimpses of improvement, and the next they would show why they were a work progress. Injuries suffered throughout the season and youth would be the demise of last year's line.
Fortunately the youth movement on the offensive line gave the Miners added depth coming into the 2007 season, but it did not produce a 100-yard rusher in 2006. This may have been due to Price and staff focusing on the passing game, rather than a balance of running and passing because of the weakness. Regardless the Miners are showing vast improvement with the younger lineman, but just like last season the injury bug found its way into the spring.
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