Mountain West Football Top 50: No. 22, New Mexico DE Garrett Hughes
New Mexico’s standout defender, Garrett Hughes, continues our countdown of Mountain West football’s 50 best players.
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Hughes could have a big year for a reloading Lobos defense.
It isn’t often that New Mexico football is known for fielding a tough defense, but the next athlete on our list could suggest that the Lobos are turning a corner.
After starting seven games in 2015, Garrett Hughes got a full season of starts last fall and had a breakout campaign, leading New Mexico with 6.5 sacks. He also, along with Kimmie Carson, led returning UNM defenders with 7.5 tackles for loss. Though he’s one of only a handful of veterans back for 2017, the track record (5.5 TFLs in 2015, too) suggests that Hughes will continue to be trouble for offenses.