Miners may have struck gold at open tryout

UTEP football tryouts (Eric O'Brien/CBS4)

UTEP’s open tryout was no joke. In fact, they may have found a much-needed placekicker. More than a dozen UTEP students showed up for the team’s open tryout for special teams players Monday.

“I would love to play for the football team,” says junior Leonardo Pinho. “I like football and I like what this university has done for me.” Pinho grew up playing soccer in his native Brazil but came to UTEP on an academic scholarship. He nailed all six of his field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder.

“This is why we do this,” says UTEP special teams coordinator Joe Robinson. “It’s not unheard of to find someone in the student body who can help us win games.”

The Miners are also looking for a long-snapper. They already have a verbal commitment from the top-ranked junior college punter. Wednesday is national signing day.

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