Dimel's first spring practice goes "better than expected"


The energy and atmosphere of Dana Dimel's first UTEP spring football practice resembled that of the first practice at training camp. The new head coach runs a quick-paced format that focuses on competition.

"Obviously the first day there are a lot of things you have to get orchestrated and get the guys to understand," the first year head coach said. "But I thought they were moving around really well."

"They're starving and they want to be good. I think that's what gives us a chance to be successful," added offensive coordinator Mike Canales.

The biggest question that will need to be answered this spring will be who will start under center between quarterbacks Ryan Metz, a senior out of Andress High School, and transfer Kai Locksley, NJCAA's reigning offensive player of the year.

"There is no depth chart," Canales assured the guys. "Just come out here and compete!"

The Miners will practice five of the next six weeks, excluding spring break, before breaking until training camp.

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