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UTEP loses leading rusher for season to ankle injury

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Things have just gone from bad to worse for the 0-2 UTEP Miners. The team has just learned that they have lost their leading rusher for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

According to College Football Talk, UTEP running back Aaron Jones injured his ankle on a short run in the first half of Saturday’s loss to Texas Tech. He had to have surgery on torn ligaments in his ankle and he will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

“He’s devastated, of course,” head coach Sean Kugler said, adding that the junior is expected to make a full recovery and that a medical hardship waiver will be pursued.

The true junior had 209 yards on the ground in a game and a half this season, while the next closest player in rushing yards is Autrey Golsen, who has a mere nineteen yards. For his career, Jones has 2,341 yards and 16 touchdowns on 429 carries.

He led the team in rushing yards in both 2013 and 2014. He was more than likely going to do the same this year as he attempted to make his way up the all-time rushing yards list, on which he currently sits ninth.

Campus Sports would like to wish a full and speedy recovery to Jones.

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