July 13, 2011
This is part of a series spotlighting the players attending C-USA Football Media Day, July 31 in Memphis. Press conferences from the event will be streamed live on ConferenceUSA.com.
There will be a lot of new faces on the UTEP offense this fall with just two starters returning from last season's New Mexico Bowl squad. One of those returnees is senior RB Joe Banyard, who led the team in rushing last season and ran for eight touchdowns. He also posted 17 catches for 107 yards and returned eight kickoffs for 131 yards
21 JOE BANYARD
RB, 5-11, 205, SR-1L
Sweetwater, Texas (Sweetwater)
UTEP ITEM: Garnered back-to-back appointments to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for posting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
2010 (JUNIOR): UTEP leader in rushing attempts (109), rushing yards (623) and rushing TDs (eight) ... also posted 17 catches for 107 yards and returned eight kickoffs for 131 yards ... rushed for a career-high 155 yards on 20 attempts with three scores in the regular season finale at Tulsa ... became the 23rd Miner player to score three rushing touchdowns in a game ... had a 66-yard run against the Golden Hurricane, the longest by a UTEP player in seven years ... had a pair of 90-yard games, rambling for 94 yards versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 90 at New Mexico ... was also credited with 16 tackles on special teams duty and forced a fumble against Rice.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Worked with the scout team.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Started his college career at TCU before transferring to UTEP ... did not appear in any games for the Horned Frogs ... an honorable mention 3A All-State defensive back as a senior at Sweetwater High School ... was a second-team Texas High School Football selection and a third team Texas Sportswriters Association pick ... rushed for 1,245 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior ... was on the receiving end of three scores ... coached by Kent Jackson during his prep career.
PERSONAL: Full name is Joseph Aaron Banyard ... parents are Chris Cole and Holly Banyard ... has two brothers ... born 11/22/88 (Sweetwater, Texas) ... Multidisciplinary Studies major.