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  Shortly after safeties Jerrick Reed II and Tavian Combs were told that they were the University of New Mexico's top tacklers during a media interview, Reed immediately offered a correction. "Stop," Reed said in a playful tone. "I was the top tackler." Reed recorded 89 total tackles, 54 unassisted after playing every game for the 3-9 Lobos. Combs, in his second year, finished with 81 total tackles, 40 unassisted. He played in 11 of 12 games. The two safeties know they will be expected to make just as many tackles this season, which began with practices on Friday and Saturday. To prepare for the role, Combs added 20 pounds of muscle during the offseason. "It's the standard," Reed said of the safeties making tackles in Rocky Long's 3-3-5 defense. "People look at you to be that guy, you have to be that guy. You can't slack off because everybody will notice. Every day you gotta come in and work hard. Have the right mind-set, film study, eat right, take care of your body so that you can stay on top of your game and be that guy when your play is called."

Reed, a preseason All-Mountain West Conference pick for the second straight season, arrived at UNM in 2019, when the Lobos struggled mightily against the pass, the deep ball especially. The Lobos allowed 321.4 yards passing yards per game and ranked 130th and last in the Football Bowl Subdivision. But in 2021, UNM allowed 219.8 passing yards per game to rank 54th, its best passing defense since 2010 when the unit was ranked 53rd at 218.8 yards per game. "It's been night and day for sure," Reed said. "It was bad then, it's good now and we're gonna be better when the season comes." - Albuquerque Journal


rSr/2023 SS Jerrick Reed IINew Mexico
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Luke Wysong, New Mexico,...Wysong led the Lobos and all Mountain West freshmen in 2021 in receiving yards, catches, kickoff returns and punt returns, and could very well lead the way in 2022 as well. Wysong added around 15 pounds of muscle in the off-season and is still one of the fastest players in the league, starring in the 60-yard dash at the Mountain West Indoor Championships. - New Mexico Football

So/2025 WR Luke WysongNew Mexico
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  For the first time in five years the University of New Mexico football team has at least two players on the preseason all-Mountain West team. Senior safety Jerrick Reed II and punter Aaron Rodriguez were both named to the 27-player team. The 2017 Lobos had three players named all-MWC. Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener is the preseason offensive player of the year. The pick for the defense is shared by San Jose State defensive lineman Cade Hall and San Diego State defensive back Patrick McMorris. - Santa Fe New Mexican

rSr/2023 SS Jerrick Reed IINew Mexico
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  2021 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Luke Wysong, PR,...Wysong was one of just two freshmen to be named to Honorable Mention squad, joining Kekaula Kaniho of Boise State. Wysong was the league's top freshman in terms of receptions, receiving yards, receiving yards per game, all-purpose yardage, punt returns and kickoff returns, and despite being a receiver, he was second among all freshmen behind his own teammate Aaron Dumas. He returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown against Colorado State and averaged 11.0 yards per punt return, leading a punt return unit to 21st in the country, despite having seven true freshmen starting on that unit for most of the season. He is the first true freshman to lead UNM in all-purpose yardage since 2011. - New Mexico Football

So/2025 WR Luke WysongNew Mexico
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  2021 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Kyle Stapley, OL,...Stapley earned his second honor. UNM's senior leader in terms of games played, Stapley finished his career as a starter in all 43 games that he played, including the first 40 at center. He also started games at right guard and left guard. Stapley played on 654 plays on the season and he finished his career with 2,821 career snaps. - New Mexico Football

rSr/2022 OG Kyle StapleyNew Mexico
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  2021 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Jerrick Reed, DB,...Reed, who was a First Team pick in 2020 after leading the Mountain West in interceptions, led the team in tackles with 89 and in pass breakups with seven. He also recorded double-digit tackles three times including a high-water mark of 14 against Air Force and 13 against Colorado State. He picked off a pass against New Mexico State and had two breakups against both UNLV and UTEP. - New Mexico Football

rSr/2023 SS Jerrick Reed IINew Mexico
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  2021 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Joey Noble, DL,...While no Lobo made the first or second team, a case can certainly be made that Noble should have been somewhere among the eight defensive linemen on the first and second teams. Noble recorded 18.5 tackles for loss which is 10th all-time at UNM and tied for second in the Mountain West. The 18.5 TFLs also is tied for fourth in the country in the FBS. His 72 tackles were the most for any defensive linemen in the Mountain West as Noble led a defense that showed tremendous statistical improvement, ranking 49th in total defense at 363.1 yards allowed per game, better than the 447.1 yards allowed in 2020 (101st) and nearly a 122-yard improvement from the 485.7 allowed in 2019 (129th). - New Mexico Football

rSr/2022 OLB Joey NobleNew Mexico
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  2021 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Tavian Combs, DB,...Combs, who is a true sophomore but has three years remaining, he recorded 81 tackles, second on the team, and he currently ranks among the top 15 among all active FBS players in career tackles per game. A starter in every game but one over his two years, Combs had 40 solo stops mong his 81, and he had a season-best 12 tackles against Houston Baptist. He recorded two interceptions, including one at Texas A&M, and he recorded a forced fumble against Houston Baptist that led to a clinching field goal. - New Mexico Football

Jr/2024 SS Tavian CombsNew Mexico
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  When Danny Gonzales was hired as University of New Mexico football coach in December of 2019 he tried to recruit former Los Lunas standout Tyler Kiehne to the Lobos, but Gonzales was a little late as Kiehne had already committed to UCLA. However, Gonzales was able to lure him back "home," after Kiehne recently entered the transfer portal. Kienhe, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman, said on Twitter on Tuesday night that he is transferring to UNM. He has four years of eligibility remaining after he did not see game action with the Bruins this past season. He was rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports.com, ESPN, and Rivals.com as a Los Lunas senior. - Albuquerque Journal

So/2025 DE Tyler KiehneNew Mexico
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  The Kansas football program's quarterback depth for 2022 took a hit when two reserves - Miles Kendrick and Conrad Hawley - decided to leave via the transfer portal. KU head coach Lance Leipold confirmed Wednesday during his early signing period press conference that both QBs are moving on. Leipold said their departure was one of the factors in KU recruiting and signing Class of 2022 quarterback Ethan Vasko, out of Chesapeake, Virginia. A redshirt senior for the Jayhawks in 2021, Kendrick could have potentially used the NCAA's 2020 Covid waiver for an extra year of eligibility to remain at KU, if that was a scenario both he and the coaching staff wanted to pursue. - Lawrence Journal World

rSr/2023 QB Miles KendrickNew Mexico
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  OCT 25 MOUNTAIN WEST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: ISAIAH CHAVEZ, NEW MEXICO, Freshman, Quarterback, Rio Rancho, New Mexico/Rio Rancho HS,...Led New Mexico to a road victory at Wyoming, the Lobos first road win in 17 tries...Set a Lobo record with a .909 completion percentage, going 10-for-11 for 112 yards and a touchdown...The .909 was the second-best completion percentage ever in a Mountain West game (minimum 10 completions)...Also led UNM with 49 yards on the ground. - Mountain West Football

rSo/2025 QB Isaiah ChavezNew Mexico
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  Isaiah Chavez completed 10 of 11 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown and New Mexico defeated Wyoming 14-3 on Saturday. Chavez cashed in on an early Wyoming turnover, marching the Lobos 77 yards, covering the last 43 with a scoring hookup to Trace Bruckler. After throwing an interception on their first possession, the Cowboys (4-3, 2-3 Mountain West Conference) got on the board with a 27-yard John Hoyland field goal at 4:30 of the second quarter. That drive was good for 62 of their total of 255 yards. New Mexico (3-5, 1-3) quickly got that back with a 75-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard run by Aaron Dumas just 29 seconds before halftime. The Lobos had 152 of their 259 yards on their two scoring drives. They only had 83 yards in the second half. Wyoming had a turnover and was sacked twice in the fourth quarter as the New Mexico defense secured the win. - New Mexico/AP College Football

rSo/2025 QB Isaiah ChavezNew Mexico
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  SEPT 13 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TERRY WILSON, JR., NEW MEXICO, Senior, Quarterback, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Kentucky,...Led New Mexico to a 34-25 victory over in-state rival New Mexico State, improving the Lobos record to 2-0 for the first time since 2005...Threw 26-for-37 for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions...Wilson's 381 yards were a career-high, surpassing his previous best by 114 yards (he had 267 at Kentucky vs. Missouri)...It was the 13th-most passing yards by a Lobo QB in school history, and the most passing yards since 2003 (Casey Kelly). - Mountain West Football

rSr/2022 QB Terry WilsonNew Mexico
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  Terry Wilson passed for 385 yards and his third touchdown pass of the game - a 58-yarder to Mannie Logan-Greene - powered New Mexico to a 34-23 victory over in-state rival New Mexico State on Saturday night. The hookup was the only touchdown of the second half as the defense for each team held tight in red-zone situations. Leading 24-20 in the third quarter, the Lobos (2-0) twice drove inside the 10 and came away with only a field goal and a seven-point lead.

New Mexico State (0-2) then drove to inside the Lobos 20 but had to settle for a field goal of their own and a 27-23 deficit. Wilson's throw to Logan-Greene early in the fourth quarter gave the Lobos a two-score lead they would not relinquish. In addition to Wilson's 385 yards through the air, the Lobos rushed for 178 yards for a total of 563. Bobby Cole had 107 yards rushing and one touchdown. The Lobos were penalized 12 times for 111 yards. The Aggies managed 263 yards. Dino Maldonado threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns. - New Mexico/AP College Football


rSr/2022 QB Terry WilsonNew Mexico
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  Terry Wilson Jr. completed 20 of 26 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns and New Mexico, playing its first home game in 642 days, made a winner of second-year head coach Danny Gonzales in his home debut with a 27-17 nonconference victory over Houston Baptist on Thursday night. Wilson tossed a pair of first-quarter TDs - connecting with Kyle Jarvis from 11 yards out and Trace Buckler for a 4-yarder and a 14-0 Lobos' lead. Tyson Thompson put the Huskies on the scoreboard with a 44-yard punt return TD and Gino Garcia added a 45-yard field goal to pull HBU within 14-10 with 4:27 remaining in the half. Wilson answered with a 47-yard scoring strike to Keyonta Lanier to put the Lobos up 21-10 at halftime. Andrew Shelley kicked a pair of field goals to account for New Mexico's second-half offense. Blaise Bentsen completed 27 of 47 passes for 196 yards and a score with two interceptions for Houston Baptist, an FCS school. Charles King had seven catches for 64 yards and a score. It was the first meeting between the schools. - New Mexico/AP College Football

rSr/2022 QB Terry WilsonNew Mexico
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