2019 New Mexico Lobos College Football Preview
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New Mexico Lobos
39,224 Seat Stadium
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2018 was not a good year for the New Mexico Lobos, who despite a week one win, finished the year with just a 3-9 record.
They could not defeat any quality opponents, and would drop their final seven games of the year.
They will be hoping to bounce back and have a better campaign this time around.
They don’t have any “season-changing” players entering the fray in 2019, but will just be hoping to do better and finish closer to .500 than they did last time through.
New Mexico Offense
Sherion Jones took most of the starting QB reps last year, finishing with 1,417 yards, 13 TD’s, and 12 INT’s, but not all of them. We saw Coltin Gerhart and Tevaka Tuloti also get some opportunities. And now coming in to this season, it is the aforementioned Tuloti who is going to be the starting QB for these guys who hope to improve.
Tyrone Owens took the bulk of the carries, rushing 186 times for 687 yards and six TD’s last year. And now that he has graduated, they will turn to Daevon Vigilant, who ran 43 times for 185 yards and a pair of scores last season. They will need him to be better than Owens was.
They won’t have last year’s WR1 Delane Hart-Johnson, but will look the likes of Q’ Drennan, Elijah Lilly, and Griffin IV to fill the void. Marcus Williams will once again assume the role of starting tight end. If one of them can step up and replace Hart-Johnson, who led with 500 yards last season, the team will be better off.
New Mexico Defense
This defense lacked playmakers last year, and limped to a horrible year on this side of the ball, surrendering over 36 points per contest. Rashaun Epting had 8.5 tackles for loss (5.5 sacks), and he along with tackle leader Stanley Barnwell Jr. (76 total), will not be returning. Nahje Flowers is one of their only players on the front line that will be bringing his talents back this time through.
They had three defensive backs tie for the team lead with six passes defended, but they will not have D’Angelo Ross, Jalin Burrell, or Bijon Parker. Willie Hobdy, Blair Manly, and Kameron Miller will be asked to step up in the secondary.
New Mexico Special Teams
Andrew Shelley is back for his second year as the starting placekicker, and will hope to be better. He was solid converting seven of eight field goals, but missed five PAT’s of the 39 he took.
Tyson Dyer punted 74 times with a 44.3 yards per average, and will be hoping to keep those impressive numbers up this year.
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While the defense is going to have improve significantly from last year, it will be Tevaka Tuloti who holds the keys to a potential breakthrough season.
The starting QB will have a large say in how the offense runs, and if he can be effective, the Lobos could get back to respectability.
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