#22 Markel Byrd
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Horizon Christian Academy
Experience: Redshirt

NEW MEXICO: Returning member of the secondary who can play either safety or cornerback ... must take advantage of repetitions in spring practice to grab coaches attention ... an offseason in the weight room has made him stronger and more physical on the field ... must continue to pick up the scheme to help him react faster without having to think about what to do.

2013: Redshirted

Played three years for head coach Chris Johnson and the Panthers on both sides of the ball ... was named Coastal League Most Valuable Player in 2012 as well as MaxPreps first-team California Division IV All-State as an all-purpose back ... as a senior threw for 1,932 yards and 25 TDs ... added 417 yards on 82 carries (a 5.1-yard average) and 11 TDs on the ground ... as a cornerback recorded 40 tackles (37 solos), intercepted five passes and broke up six more ... averaged 18.6 yards per punt return and 19.4 yards per kick return ... also served as the team's punter and averaged 40.7 yards per kick ... as a junior threw for 1,487 yards and averaged 15.8 yards per completion ... passed for 18 TDs and added three more on the ground ... named second-team All -Coastal League at cornerback ... as a sophomore in 2010 was first-team All-Coastal League at QB after throwing for 2,455 yards and 21 TDs while averaging 18.6 yards per completion and rushing for 430 yards and nine TDs ... also intercepted six passes and scored two TDs on defense.

PERSONAL: Born March 23, 1995 ... mother is Stephanie Threadgill.