Dec. 15, 2003
NEW YORK - University of New Mexico junior offensive guard Claude Terrell was a third team selection on The Associated Press All-America team announced Monday morning. Terrell is the second Lobo All-American this season, joining sophomore running back DonTrell Moore who was an Honorable Mention selection by Sports Illustrated. Terrell is the highest UNM All-America selection since safety Brian Urlacher was a consensus first team pick at safety in 1999.
Terrell was a first team all-MWC selection and has started all 12 games this season at strong guard. The LaMarque, Texas native was a watch list selection for both the Rotary Lombardi Award (outstanding lineman) and Outland Trophy (outstanding interior lineman) this year and was a 2001 Freshman All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America.
Terrell notched 125 knockdown blocks this season and is an integral member of a dominant offensive line unit, known as "The Hitmen", which powers the nation's 11th-ranked rushing offense (2nd MWC) and the MWC's top-ranked scoring offense. The 6-3, 330-pound Terrell helped pave the way for Moore's 1,438 rushing yards this fall, which is currently ranked eighth nationally.
In addition to his Honorable Mention honors, Moore was named a second team All-America and the third-best running back in the country by CollegeFootballNews.com. A unanimous first team all-MWC selection by the league's coaches and media, Moore was also named the conference player of the year by both CollegeFootballNews and ESPN.com.
New Mexico (8-4) will play Oregon State (7-5) in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 24. Kickoff from Sam Boyd Stadium is at 5:30 (MST), live on ESPN.