Alex Fernandes feels confident his time is coming with the University of Texas El Paso football program.

After sitting out his freshman season as a redshirt, the strong-armed quarterback is looking forward to an offseason of fine-tuning his tools in preparation for next season.

After stumbling to a 1-11 finish this year, Fernandes seems confident the opportunity is there for him to mold the Miners in his own image in much the same way he did at Vandegrift High in his three seasons of varsity level play.

According to the UTEP website, over his final two seasons he finished with nearly 4,500 yards passing and 48 touchdowns, the vast majority of all his damage coming during a junior season where he was named District 25-5A first team offense on the strength of almost 3,000 passing yards and 37 touchdown.

Over his Vandegrift career, Fernandes finished with 4,814 yards passing and 53 touchdowns to go along with 410 yards rushing and another six scores.

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