- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 1, 2010

EL PASO, TEXAS (AP) - UTEP running back Donald Buckram was carted off the practice field after injuring his left knee.

Coach Mike Price said Buckram was injured Wednesday during a non-contact drill. Price isn’t confirming the nature of the injury, saying his staff was awaiting results of MRI tests.

Buckram was all-Conference USA as a junior in 2009 and was one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound from Copperas Cove rushed for 1,594 yards and 18 touchdowns in 259 carries and caught 30 passes for 453 yards and three TDs.

The Miners open their season at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sept. 4.

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