Former Sweetwater High School standout athlete and NFL Football Player Joe Banyard addressed students, parents, and community members at Thursday nights' Fall Sports Banquet.

Banyard garnered back-to-back appointments to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for posting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better while in 2010 leading UTEP's football team  in rushing yards (623) and rushing TDs (8) while also becoming the 23rd Miner player to score three rushing touchdowns in a game. Known in Sweetwater as Joseph Banyard, his parents are Chris Cole and Holly Banyard.