New Mexico Lobos: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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New Mexico Lobos: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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New Mexico Lobos: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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New Mexico Lobos College Football Preview 2021: Defense

The New Mexico defense couldn’t stop anyone from throwing in the first three games, couldn’t stop anyone from running in the next three, and got bombed on by Fresno State in the regular season finale. Overall, it was one of the worst defenses in the Mountain West, but now it’s at least loaded with veterans.

The pass rush wasn’t anything special, but there’s just enough experience and upside back on the end to expect more. Joey Noble led the team with four sacks, 280-pound seniors Ben Gansallo is a decent option on the nose, and most of the depth up front is back.

Leading tackler Brandon Shook is gone from the linebacking corps, and there’s not a lot of size, but Devin Sanders is a decent tackler who can work inside or out.

The secondary had a whole lot of problems, but almost everyone is back around all-star Jarrick Reed, who came up with a team-high four interceptions and was fourth on the team with 33 tackles.

Several parts of the depth are gone through the transfer portal, but if the pass rush is better and the corners emerge, this should be a better overall situation.

– What You Need To Know: Offense
Top Players | Keys To The Season
What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
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