The UTEP Miners are trying to get things turned around and at least get back to a bowl game after not getting there four of the last five years. They have a pretty good class of returning players for the 2016 season, but they may have to contend with one of their star players being out for a few games.
In early February, star running back Aaron Jones was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested after a traffic stop in El Paso by a sheriff’s deputy just off campus.
The arrest was just recently made public and it didn’t take long for the Miners to make a statement. Head coach Sean Kugler said that he and the rest of his staff would “evaluate the situation.”
“We are waiting for the process to fully develop and once I have all the facts, I will evaluate the situation,” Kugler told KVIA. “There are consequences to poor decisions and Aaron (Jones) will be held to the same standard as every other student-athlete in our program.”
Jones has been one of the most consistent running backs in the country and many fans probably hadn’t heard of him. He led the Miners in rushing in both 2013 and 2014 with 811 and 1,321 yards respectively.
He suffered a season-ending ankle injury just two games into the 2015 season as he was looking to have another great year. His absence was felt greatly by the Miners as he was still third on the team in rushing with 209 yards, not far behind Jeremiah Laufasa‘s 381 yards and LaQuintus Dowell‘s 276.
Jones will undoubtedly be punished for his arrest, but let’s hope his time with the Miners has not come to an abrupt halt.
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