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  12/20/21 - Tyler KiehneFr/2025, New Mexico, 6-3, 250 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  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

(DS#999 DE) Fr/2025 DE Tyler KiehneNew Mexico
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  11/17/21 - Aaron DumasFr/2025, New Mexico, 5-10, 190 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  NOV 15 MOUNTAIN WEST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: AARON DUMAS, NEW MEXICO, Freshman, Running Back, El Paso, Texas/Americas HS,...Rushed for a career-high 143 yards on 22 carries, scoring New Mexico's lone touchdown on the day...Logged a career-long run of 63 yards...The 143 rushing yards are the most by a Lobo freshman since Cole Gautsche rushed for 149 yards as a quarterback against Wyoming on Nov. 10, 2012. It was the most rushing yards by a freshman running back since DonTrell Moore rushed for 179 yards against Wyoming on Nov. 30, 2002. - Mountain West Football

(DS#999 RB) Fr/2025 RB Aaron DumasNew Mexico
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  10/28/21 - Isaiah ChavezrFr/2025, New Mexico, 6-0, 206 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  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

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2025 QB Isaiah ChavezNew Mexico
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  10/24/21 - Isaiah ChavezrFr/2025, New Mexico, 6-0, 206 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  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

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2025 QB Isaiah ChavezNew Mexico
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  09/14/21 - Terry WilsonrSr/2022, New Mexico, 6-2, 210 (DS#49 QB) + More +

  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

(DS#49 QB) rSr/2022 QB Terry WilsonNew Mexico
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  09/12/21 - Terry WilsonrSr/2022, New Mexico, 6-2, 210 (DS#49 QB) + More +

  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


(DS#49 QB) rSr/2022 QB Terry WilsonNew Mexico
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  09/03/21 - Terry WilsonrSr/2022, New Mexico, 6-2, 210 (DS#49 QB) + More +

  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

(DS#49 QB) rSr/2022 QB Terry WilsonNew Mexico
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  08/24/21 - Terry WilsonrSr/2022, New Mexico, 6-2, 210 (DS#49 QB) + More +

  Quarterback Terry Wilson, a senior transfer from Kentucky, won the University of New Mexico starting job that most everyone thought he would, UNM coach Danny Gonzales told his team on Tuesday before the Lobos' afternoon practice. The Lobos begin their 2021 season Sept. 2 at home vs. Houston Baptist. Not long after Wilson entered the transfer portal after going 17-8 at Kentucky, the Lobos set their focus on the quarterback because Gonzales and his staff sought a signal caller with experience after New Mexico's 2-5 2020 season. UNM offensive coordinator Derek Warehime helped with making a connection with Wilson, who played for Warehime's father, Nick, at Del City High School in Oklahoma.

Gonzales also wanted a winner. Wilson, in 2018 as a redshirt sophomore, led the Wildcats to their first 10-win season since 1977. That season featured a 27-16 Wildcats win at Florida for the first time since 1986, and ended with a 27-24 win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl. "His experience from being a 25-game starter in Division I football really had a big hand on that (decision)," Gonzales told the media after practice. "I think he has a really good presence in the huddle. The guys seem to follow and we seem to click a little bit. "I think we have some depth at quarterback that's really exciting," the second-year head coach added. "But I think Terry, he's what we're looking for. He has experience at this level and it's kind of showing in the first two weeks of fall camp." - Albuquerque Journal


(DS#49 QB) rSr/2022 QB Terry WilsonNew Mexico
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  08/18/21 - Terry WilsonrSr/2022, New Mexico, 6-2, 210 (DS#49 QB) + More +

  For the first half of Tuesday's football practice, the University of New Mexico defense was in control. But quarterback Terry Wilson and the Lobos' offense took over during the second half of practice, the team's first in pads during preseason camp. Overall, the Lobos have a long way to go before their opener Sept. 2, UNM coach Danny Gonzales said. "I don't think it was very good," Gonzales said of Tuesday's practice. "I thought it was a little bit softer than we like, which is a bad thing. First period wasn't very good, The last period I thought the offense picked it up a little bit." Wilson, a transfer from Kentucky, took the majority of the snaps with the first team and showed his dynamic running ability. Gonzales said Wilson's leadership stood out as well.

The Lobos coach said he has been trying to change it up for a different QB to take the most snaps each practice. "He's a playmaker," wide receiver Cjay Boone said of Wilson. "Terry is a great quarterback. He's one of my guys. We always get extra work in every day. "Some of things that stick out about Terry is his running ability. That man can run. He's just a veteran. He's been able to make great passes. Obviously he's not going to be perfect every time, but he's doing his thing." - Albuquerque Journal


(DS#49 QB) rSr/2022 QB Terry WilsonNew Mexico
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  08/06/21 - Tevaka TuiotirSr/2022, New Mexico, 6-1, 194 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  University of New Mexico senior quarterback Tevaka Tuioti has waited nine months to gain clearance for football activities after he sustained his third reported concussion. He won't wait anymore. Tuioti, who won the starting job before the season last year, has not been cleared for the start of preseason fall camp, which begins Wednesday, UNM coach Danny Gonzales said during his press conference Tuesday. Rather than attempt to transfer to gain clearance and play elsewhere, Tuioti has decided to be an assistant coach for the Lobos this season, Gonzales said.

"I've had conversations with Tevaka and he wants to be a part of our program," Gonzales said. "I think Tevaka and his family made a great decision for him to be a student coach on our staff. That's one of the most competitive young men that made a really tough decision, that I support fully. I'm proud of him because it was hard on him because he loves to compete. He loves to play. He did what was best for his future." Tuioti, who will assist coaching the quarterbacks, is expected to be available to the media after Wednesday night's practice, which is closed to the public. He will also help with the offense and special teams during practice. - Albuquerque Journal


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Tevaka TuiotiNew Mexico
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  07/26/21 - Jerrick Reed IIrSr/2022, New Mexico, 5-10, 192 (DS#41 SS) + More +

  University of New Mexico senior defensive back Jerrick Reed II was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team by the league's media. Reed is the first Lobo to receive the preseason honor since OL Aaron Jenkins in 2018. Reed led the MWC in interceptions (4) last year when he was named first-team All-MWC as a safety. UNM had not a first-team All-MWC non-specialist selection since 2014. Reed's four interceptions last season put him at No. 5 in the nation in interceptions per game, and he added three pass breakups, a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery. - Albuquerque Journal

(DS#41 SS) rSr/2022 SS Jerrick Reed IINew Mexico
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  07/25/21 - Tevaka TuiotirSr/2022, New Mexico, 6-1, 194 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The status of UNM quarterback Tevaka Tuioti will be revealed when preseason fall camp begins on Aug. 3, Gonzales said. Tuioti has yet to be cleared after three reported concussions, the latest occurring last Nov. 7 at Hawaii. Gonzales had said last month that he would announce before camp if Tuioti would be cleared or remain out. Tuioti, who won the starting job at the beginning of last season, will become a student assistant coach if he isn't cleared, Gonzales said. Tuioti hasn't spoken to the media since before the game against Hawaii, a decision made by Gonzales. During preseason fall camp, quarterbacks Terry Wilson (Kentucky transfer), Isaiah Chavez (Rio Rancho product) and Trae Hall are expected to compete for the starting job by taking the majority of the reps, Gonzales said. - Albuquerque Journal

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Tevaka TuiotiNew Mexico
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  07/13/21 - Aaron RodriguezrSo/2024, New Mexico, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 P) + More +

  Cjay Boone strikes again. The University of New Mexico wide receiver who transferred in from University of Missouri has helped lure another football player from Mizzou. Enter punter Aaron Rodriguez. He last played for Missouri, just as Boone and UNM offensive lineman Jack Buford did. Rodriguez, just like Boone and Buford, believes he has found a home with the Lobos. Things didn't work out for Rodriguez with the Tigers. He redshirted his freshman season in 2019 and played as the back-up punter in the coronavirus-delayed 2020 season. He is left with four seasons of eligibility because of the extra season the NCAA granted due to the pandemic. When Rodriguez entered the transfer portal after the 2020 season, Boone reached out to him. - Albuquerque Journal

(DS#999 P) rSo/2024 P Aaron RodriguezNew Mexico
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  07/10/21 - Tevaka TuiotirSr/2022, New Mexico, 6-1, 194 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  University of New Mexico quarterback Tevaka Tuioti has yet to be cleared for team activities because of three reported concussions, the latest occurring on Nov. 7 against Hawaii. He has yet to be ruled out of team activities despite those concussions, even though multiple concussions can result in long-term disability, psychological issues and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), doctors say. And the University of New Mexico hasn't done much to resolve any mystery around its one-time starter.

UNM second-year coach Danny Gonzales has said only that Tuioti checks in with medical staff weekly, and if he is not cleared before the start of preseason camp on Aug. 3, he'll become a student assistant coach. Tuioti's status for the season will be determined before camp begins, Gonzales said. UNM has shielded Tuioti from interview requests from the media. He hasn't spoken publicly since his latest injury in November. Gonzales says it is because he believes Tuioti doesn't have answers for his status with "all the scenarios, the unknown out there of what is going to transpire with him." Gonzales wants to wait until there is a final determination before making the quarterback available to the media. - Albuquerque Journal


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Tevaka TuiotiNew Mexico
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  05/23/21 - Nathaniel JonesrFr/2025, New Mexico, 5-10, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Nate Jones, a dynamic running back who did not practice during the University of New Mexico's spring football drills, has entered the transfer portal, he announced on Twitter Friday night. Jones, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound freshman, was second on the team last season with 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 41 carries. Gonzales never specified why Jones was absent for the spring. Jones also would not comment on the reason. Gonzales only would say on Saturday that Jones did not meet "our expectations," just as he said in March. Jones showed explosiveness and great potential when he ran for 96 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in a 39-33 loss at Hawaii on Nov. 7, which was his debut. He had sat out the week prior because he had been in close contact with a teammate who tested positive for COVID-19 and was near the end of a 14-day quarantine. - Albuquerque Journal

(DS#999 RB) rFr/2025 RB Nathaniel JonesNew Mexico
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