UTEP quarterback Kai Locksley reinstated to football team

By Mary Scott McNabb

UTEP quarterback Kai Locksley has been reinstated to the football team, according to a statement from the athletic department. 

Locksley was suspended indefinitely from team activities in June after being suspended on multiple charges, including driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of a firearm, marijuana possesion and making terroristic threats. Dimel said previously that he would wait to see how the legal process played out before making any final decisions, and that seems to have held true. 

"While the legal process has not come to a complete conclusion, we believe that the final charges against Kai will not be as severe as what has been reported," athletic director Jim Senter said in a statement. "We believe in restorative justice and feel that Kai will benefit more in the long run by getting the necessary support and guidance from his coaches and teammates, rather than being dismissed from the team." 

Locksley will travel with the team to Ruidoso, N.M., with the rest of the team for fall camp on Sunday. He is not expected to miss any game time. 

"While we welcome Kai back to our football team, I want to make it very clear that he will have a list of expectations placed on him," UTEP coach Dana Dimel said in a statement. "We will keep these expectations in-house, but a zero tolerance policy will be in effect." 

The senior quarterback played nine games for the Miners in 2018 after stints at Texas and Iowa Western. He completed 49 percent of his passes for 937 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions, while adding 340 rushing yards and six touchdowns for the Miners. UTEP finished 1-8 in his appearances, with the lone win coming in a 34-26 win over Rice. 

Even though Locksley is back in camp, don't expect him to have an easy path to winning the starting quarterback job. Dimel said previously that Brandon Jones is being treated as the starter heading into fall camp. The Miners also added two junior college quarterbacks – Cerritos (CA) QB Isaiah Bravo and New Mexico Military Institute QB Gavin Hardison – since Locksley was suspended. 

Locksley is the son of Maryland head coach Mike Locksley. 

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