The UTEP Miners have had to endure the type of seasons no college program should ever have to endure. 1 win (so far) in two seasons, three coaches, tons of transfers and a seemingly endless QB Battle year after year. The Miners have had some fire and fight in them and it has been nothing less than inspiring.
Also inspiring was seeing the parade of El Paso talent playing their Saturdays in the Sun Bowl. From Aaron and Alvin Jones to the announcement of Deion Hankins joining the Miners there has been a feeling of home grown success stories here at The University of Texas-El Paso.
Unfortunatly one of those stories has come to an abrupt end.
UTEP QB Ryan Metz announced his retirement from football due to concussions. His stats, 311-540 (57.6 Completion Percentage), 26 TD’s and 22 INT, a Passer Rating of 119.8 and running for 208 yards and 4 TD’s in his 4 seasons with UTEP. Nothing major to write home about, but solid performance for a School that struggled to surround him with talent.
Being the first UTEP QB to be invited to the Manning Passing Academy, crackign the Top 10 on the UTEP All Time Passing TD List. Metz’ best season came in 2016 when he started 7 of 11 games he played in, amassing 1,375 yards and finishing 2nd All Time on the School’s single season completions percentage list (64.7). His 14 TD passes were the most at UTEP since 2010 and posted a 141.14 Passer Rating, 5th Best on the Single Season All Time List.
However the story of Ryan Metz is about his ability to roll with the punches. the constant pressure from fans, boosters, media and gas bags like myself, and his ability to always be personable and professional. Thank you Ryan for inspiring so many and for selflessly putting your body and health on the line. I am looking forward to seeing where you excell next.