UTEP wide receiver Cole Freytag sprints to the end zone to score a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against New Mexico State in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

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The Eyes of Texas: Three Miners the Horns will be watching

Posted September 10th, 2016

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On Saturday night against UTEP, the eyes of Texas will be upon …

AARON JONES, RB

Following last week’s 249-yard performance against New Mexico State, Jones — who currently leads the country in rushing — sits in sixth place on UTEP’s career rushing list with 2,590 yards (John Harvey’s 3,576 yards tops the list). Jones received a medical redshirt during his junior year after he sustained an ankle injury in the second game of last season.

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ALVIN JONES, LB

During the 2015 season, Jones recorded a pair of safeties and led a defense that allowed 32.9 points per game in tackles (93), tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (6.5). He was unsurprisingly the top tackler in the Miners’ season-opening win over New Mexico State as he registered 12 stops. Jones, by the way, is Aaron’s twin brother.

COLE FREYTAG, WR

One of 28 El Paso natives on the UTEP roster — you can also count the Jones twins in that group — Freytag opened his senior season with four receptions against New Mexico State, and 46 of his 95 receiving yards were recorded on a touchdown catch. The 6-1, 200-pound Freytag caught 14 footballs in 2015.

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