Locksley injured, defense not afraid to gamble heading into spring game

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(CBS4) -- All eyes were on #1 as he limped to the sidelines of Glory Field with the help of UTEP trainers. First year head coach Dana Dimel said Kai Locksley tweaked his ankle while attempting to stretch his hamstring at the end of practice.

"I think he'll play," Dimel said about the junior transfer quarterback, referring to Friday's annual spring game at the Sun Bowl.

Meanwhile the Miners defense has adopted a more aggressive approach under coordinator Mike Cox.

"They get in the throwing lanes and knock down a lot of balls. It's frustrating sometimes," senior quarterback Ryan Metz said. "They just give a lot more looks this year. Sometimes they don't even really have a safety, they're bringing pressure."

The defense seems to have a chip on its shoulder after getting carved up at UTEP's inaugural east side scrimmage. That will be something to watch carefully when the lights turn on in the Sun Bowl this Friday.

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