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Ex-Sweetwater star Joe Banyard is now an undrafted free agent with the NFLâ€™s Jacksonville Jaguars after being offered a contract by the team Saturday.
Banyard, a running back at the University of Texas-El Paso the past two years, was picked up along with his UTEP teammate Antwon Blake. In addition, UTEPâ€™s Donovan Kemp was signed by the Dallas Cowboys and a fourth UTEP player, Matt Camilli, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
After leaving Sweetwater following his high school graduation in 2007, Banyard committed to play for TCU but eventually wound up at in El Paso at UTEP the past two seasons, rushing for 608 yards in 2010 and 832 yards in 2011.
In his college career with the Miners, Banyard ran for 1,440 yards on 236 carries and scored 14 touchdowns while averaging 6.1 yards per carry, and he also caught 29 passes for 176 yards. His best game at UTEP this past season came when he ran for 240 yards on just 22 carries and a touchdown against Houston.