UTEP QB Vittatoe to miss spring practice

Texas El-Paso starting quarterback Trevor Vittatoe missed the first six practices of spring football because of suspension, and on Tuesday, the day he was set to return, UTEP announced that Vittatoe’s spring was over before it even began.

Vittatoe had minor surgery on his throwing shoulder this past weekend, which will keep him out six weeks and cause him to miss the rest of spring practices.

"He had a bad shoulder the last two or three weeks and it's gotten worse," coach Mike Price told the El Paso Times. "A procedure was done on his shoulder and he'll be out the rest of spring. In six weeks he'll be back throwing.

"I don't know if he desperately needs the practice, but we'd sure like to have him out there. He'll be showing his leadership counseling his teammates."

Vittatoe was back on the field Tuesday with his teammates for the first time this spring after being suspended for an undisclosed violation of team policy. Receiver Pierce Hunter and offensive lineman Alex Solot also returned from suspension Tuesday.

Freshmen Carson Meger and sophomore Tim Curry are the only healthy quarterbacks in UTEP's camp right now. Senior James Thomas II is out of spring practice while recovering from an injury and redshirt freshman Andy McCloud decided to leave the team.

Vittatoe told the El Paso Times that he plans to spend the rest of spring practice as an assistant coach.

"I need to keep the offense moving in the right direction," Vittatoe said. "I'll move around and motivate each guy individually. That's definitely my role as of right now."