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Posted On: 08/23/20 10:29 PM

Former Hobbs and NMMI standout quarterback Gavin Hardison is finally getting the opportunity to fulfill his dreams of playing major college football.

Sunday, just over a year after he first arrived on campus, Hardison was named UTEP’s starting QB for the Miners’ 2020 season opener on Sept. 5 against Stephen F. Austin at the Sun Bowl.

The following week (Sept. 12), UTEP faces Texas in Austin, likely in front of a national TV audience on the Longhorn Network or another ESPN platform.

Hardison enjoyed a stellar senior season at Hobbs in 2017, throwing for a state record 5,347 yards (per the NMAA website) and 59 touchdowns in leading the Eagles to a 9-3 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the Class 6A playoffs.

Four times that season, Hardison threw for at least seven touchdowns in a single game. Twice he eclipsed the 600-yard passing mark in a single game, led by his 629-yard outing against Onate on Oct. 20, 2017.

The top three New Mexico single game passing marks all belong to Hardison. He is the only quarterback in state history to throw for more than 570 yards in a game, and he did it three times.

According to MaxPreps,

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