The UTEP Miners play in one of the most scenic stadiums in the country, Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Nestled in-between two mountains and less than a mile from the famous Rio Grande River, it is a shame that the football program is not more high profile so fans can see more televised games from this bastion of nature

After a stellar stint at Ventura Junior College in California, Travaun Nixon spent his home Saturdays in the Sun Bowl the last two years. He wasn't just sitting back and admiring the landscape, he was busy becoming UTEP's best defender.

In 2010 he was named the team's defensive MVP after collecting 75 tackles and 4 INT's. In 2011, he missed some time with a knee sprain and only recorded 50 tackles but held ground with four picks.

Nixon is a competitive player with good vision and ball skills, capable of coming through in the clutch.