Posted On: 09/29/20 9:41 PM

Former Hobbs record-setting quarterback Gavin Hardison has led the UTEP Miners to its best start in a decade.

Hardison threw for 302 yards, including an 82-yard completion in the first quarter, his longest pass as a Miner, last Saturday afternoon to spark UTEP to a convincing 31-6 road victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Hardison was named one of four Players of the Week by the UTEP coaching staff.

The victory improved UTEP to 3-1 for the first time since 2010 and gave the Miners at least three victories in the same season for the first time since 2016 when it finished 4-8.

UTEP posted a non-conference road win outside the states of New Mexico and Texas for the first time since November 2008. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit named UTEP as his No. 3 top performing team of the week.

His 302 passing yards marks Hardison’s first 300-yard passing game as a Miner. He was named UTEP’s starting quarterback prior to the start of the season and has confirmed the coaching staff’s faith in him by throwing for 850 yards and completing 55 percent of his passes for a solid 121.62 QB rating.

Hardison, a redshirt sophomore who joined the UTEP program in

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