Best New Mexico Offensive Player
RB Tyrone Owens, Sr.
The 5-9, 187-pounder isn’t built to take a pounding, and he’s not a workhorse, but he’s able to rip off well over five yards per carry without a problem, and when the machine is humming, he’ll produce big, big numbers.
He was limited a bit last year with a team-leading 770 yards and four scores, but he showed off his upside two years ago with 1,097 yards and seven scores averaging over eight yards per carry. With a young, inexperienced group of running backs taking over, he has to be fantastic.
2. OT Aaron Jenkins, Sr.
3. QB Tevaka Tuioti, Soph.
4. WR Jay Griffin, Soph.
5. OT Teton Saltes, Soph.
Best New Mexico Defensive Player
LB Alex Hart, Sr.
The 6-3, 230-pounder from Minnesota is a tough, pounding hitter who went from being a nice part of the rotation to one of the team’s top tacklers, making 58 stops with 5.5 tackles for loss.
On a defense that’s missing a whole slew of playmakers, he’s the smart veteran who can quarterback the front six as the one to work around.
2. CB Jalin Burrell, Sr.
3. LB Evahelotu Tohi, Sr.
4. DT Aaron Blackwell, Jr.
5. DE Cody Baker, Sr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Tevaka Tuioti, Soph.
It’s not saying much, but he was the team’s leading passer last season hitting 48% of his passes for 705 yards and four scores and six picks. But that’s not what he’s needed for.
While he’s not all that big, the 6-0, 190-pounder is a quick runner who should averaged well over five yards per carry. There are options behind him, but he has to be the electrifying playmaker who takes the new-look attack back to rushing form.
Key Game To The New Mexico Season
at New Mexico State, Sept. 15
Yeah, the Lobos will be hoping for bigger and need to make more noise again in the Mountain West, but they’ve got to beat New Mexico State again.
They’ll beat Incarnate Word to start the season and lose at Wisconsin. with winnable games against Liberty and at UNLV coming up, there’s a chance to start out with a nice 4-1 run if they don’t biff again against the team down the road.
It’s not exactly Alabama-Auburn, but it’s a rivalry that matters. After losing the last two years to the Aggies by a total of three points, for their own psyche, they need this.
2017 New Mexico Fun Stats
– 1st Half Scoring: Opponents 259 – New Mexico 87
– Red Zone Scoring: Opponents 36-of-38 (95%) – New Mexico 23-of-32 (72%)
– Kickoff Returns: New Mexico 43 for 906 yards – Opponents 9 for 151 yards