Posted September 26th, 2009 by Brian
Filed under: Feature, Football

The Texas defense will try to swarm Trevor Vittatoe and the UTEP offense.

The Texas defense will try to swarm Trevor Vittatoe and the UTEP offense.

A week after a tough Big 12 matchup against [tag]Texas Tech[/tag], the Texas Longhorns play one more non-conference game against the UTEP Miners before getting into the meat of their schedule. The Miners are 1-2 to start the season while the Horns are 3-0 and ranked #2 in the country.

Here are a few UTEP players to keep an eye on during Saturday’s game…

Trevor Vittatoe, QB #10

2009 Stats: 54.9% comp pct, 602 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

The senior quarterback from Euless Trinity has put together back-to-back 3,000 yards seasons out in El Paso. Last year he was both prolific and efficient finishing the year with 33 TD passes against only 9 interceptions. In last year’s matchup against the Horns, Vittatoe threw for 267 yards and 1 TD in the loss. He’s still trying to get in a rhythm in 2009, and [tag]Will Muschamp[/tag] and his Texas defense will look to make sure that doesn’t happen until next week.

Jeff Moturi, WR #6

2009 Stats: 12 receptions, 106 yards, 0 TDs

Like Vittatoe, senior wideout Jeff Moturi is a good player that is struggling early this season. He caught over 50 balls in each of the last two seasons and has 22 career touchdown catches. Moturi had 5 catches for 59 yards last year against Texas but he’s still looking for his first TD of the 2009 season. UTEP spreads the ball around between Moturi, Kris Adams, and several other backs and receivers so the entire Texas secondary won’t be able to focus just on one player.

Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, S #23

Stats: 42 tackles, 2 FF

Cromartie-Smith actually plays as a linebacker/safety hybrid that UTEP calls the “Miner” position. He’s allowed to run all over the field an make plays, sometimes in coverage and sometimes going after the quarterback. He’s a playmaker who has forced two fumbles and his 42 tackles on the season are up with the nation’s leaders.

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