Q&A: View from the other sideline
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 20:10
James Sullivan interviewed Edwin Delgado, sports editor for The Prospector, UTEP’s student newspaper.
THE BATTALION: How do you feel UTEP will do without starting quarterback Jameill Showers?
DELGADO: I feel like it’s going to be a pretty tough game for us. The best part of the team so far has been the offense and without Showers, I’m not quite sure how much it’s going to be able to do.
THE BATTALION: What are your expectations for the team as they line up against a BCS Top-15 team on national television?
DELGADO: What I’m hoping to see, being on such a big stage, is the team get better with tackling and assignments. The defense is going to be a big factor, as we lost nine starters this season. UTEP may hang on in the beginning, but I really don’t think it’s going to be a really good game for us.
THE BATTALION: What do you think of Johnny Manziel after the offseason he had and the season thus far?
DELGADO: I think Manziel is getting better every single day. I saw the games against Alabama and Vanderbilt and he can make things happen. He has a pretty good arm and even with the small shoulder injury he had against Auburn, I really don’t think he’s going to have a lot of trouble. The real trouble will be covering Evans and trying to keep Manziel from getting a ton of yards.
THE BATTALION: Do you expect to get more offensive production from running back Aaron Jones or back up quarterback Blaire Sullivan?
DELGADO: Aaron Jones has been doing pretty well, but he had a key fumble last game against Rice. Sullivan is a quarterback that is mobile — he can run and find space — but I don’t think he will have a lot of production. I mostly think it will be Aaron Jones.
THE BATTALION: What do you think the final score will be of Saturday’s game?
DELGADO: That’s a tough one. I think A&M gets ahead early in the game, and the second team will play a majority of the game. I know we’re a 46-point underdog and that’s pretty bad. I just hope to see some improvement with tackling and assignments. If Showers was playing I could have expected UTEP to lose by 20 points, but with him not there that’s not so realistic now. I’m guessing it will be something like 56-17.