"We knew we were going to miss Ramon this week, what he brings to the team in all areas," Crim said after practice Wednesday. "He's a good player, but one of the things he did was keep us up, keep us going with his voice.
"He's a guy who does a lot of the talking to get us ready in the locker room and when we first come to the field, then through the practice. All of us knew that this week, it was going to be on us to be his voice out there. I think we've stepped up in that and become louder to replace that."
"What happened is they targeted a freshman," Robinson said. "I wasn't going to leave him out there and have his will broken. We went with Greg and he did a nice job. One of the things that surprised us on tape that we probably didn't notice in the speed of the game, Greg tackled really well."
Robinson said the Hogs still have sufficient depth to move forward at cornerback, but there are still a few moves left if there are any other injuries or issues. Rudell Crim and Andru Stewart, both safeties, have played a lot at cornerback and could make a move.
"Those are kind of things that you lay awake and think about at night," Robinson said. "Thanks for reminding me. But, yes, we could move those two guys down if we had to. We've cross trained Darius Winston at both field and boundary and could do that, too."
Gatson is the starter at boundary for Saturday's game against Texas-El Paso. Bennett is his backup. Isaac Madison and Winston are one-two at the field corner spot, respectively.
Byran Jones continued to practice after missing last week with an ankle sprain. His availability is still day-to-day, however.
"We'll keep evaluating to see how much he can do before gametime," Robinson said. "He's getting better."
Robinson said UTEP presents challenges because of the large number of trick plays in coach Mike Price's offense.
"You have a hard time getting in a rhythm against them," Robinson said. "They have a lot of tricks. They keep you off balance. They don't allow many sacks. Part of that is they have a quarterback with a very quick release and he doesn't panic. You can get in his face and he stands in there and doesn't get rattled. Guys are around him and he gets it off.
"They had a very experienced offensive line, but they've had some injuries and had to change things up in the front. Still they don't give up sacks.
"They mix it up with the read option and a good play-action game. They do run the ball. They've been good on third downs."
Brandon Mitchell was limited at practice after oral surgery. He is expected to be available Saturday.