Senior D.J. Renteria
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/11/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics
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98 * D.J. Renteria * DE/NT * Sr-3L * 6-3 * 282 * Roswell, N.M. (Roswell HS)

NEW MEXICO: Three-year letterman and a starter at defensive end the past two years...46 career games with 26 starts...had an outstanding spring and fall camp...will play nose tackle in certain packages this fall after enjoying a strong spring campaign at the position...coaches believe he can flourish in the interior with his combination of strength and athleticism...needs to learn how to shed blockers more efficiently, particularly in the congested inner trenches...will still spent the majority of his time on the end, especially in run situations...a powerful physical presence who also has outstanding agility and good speed...650 pounds in the squat...was a linebacker in high school and is still working to master his skills on the defensive line...work ethic and maturity have improved greatly...was voted team captain by his teammates this year...poised for a tremendous season to conclude his collegiate career...named UNM's "Best Pro Prospect" on defense by CollegeFootballNews.com...is a very personable young man who is featured as a weekly guest on a local radio station...a Communications major who is interested in a career in broadcasting when his football days are over.

2003 (SENIOR): Second on the defensive line with 37 tackles (22 solo), including 10 for loss (-40 yards)...also has 2.5 sacks, a fumble caused and fumble recovery in 10 starts...does a fine job of tying up blockers up front, allowing the UNM linebackers to fly to the ball...Colorado State...Recorded 4 stops in 68 plays, including a pad-popping 6-yard tackle for loss in the 1st quarter to stuff CSU QB Bradlee Van Pelt on a draw play from the UNM 2-yard line...the Rams had to settle for a FG 3 plays later...UNLV...Got in on 5 tackles, his highest total in 5 games, including 2 tackles for loss...played virtually the entire game, logging 70 plays...started at defensive tackle in the Lobos' 4-lineman "heavy" formation...Utah...Had all of his skills on display in an impressive performance against a physical front line...credited for just 3 tackles, but had a career-high 1.5 sacks and 4 QB hurries...used his speed to get around the Utah tackle for his first sack, then bull rushed a Ute lineman, pushing him into QB Alex Smith to team with Zach Rupp on the second sack...54 defensive snaps...Utah State...Four tackles and a big hit to jar the ball loose from a USU running back early in the 4th quarter...applied steady pressure all night, sending the Aggie QBs on the run...Washington State...Career day at WSU, helping the Lobo defensive front limit the Cougars to 87 rushing yards, 95.3 under their season average, and force 5 sacks in an impressive performance against a giant offensive line...finished the day with a career-high 8 tackles (6 solo), including 3 for loss, a crushing six-yard sack, a pass breakup and a QB hurry...played with tremendous energy and passion all afternoon...even received some applause for his effort from a group of fans in the rabid WSU student section as he left the field...BYU...Season-high 5 tackles, including 2 for loss, as the Lobos faced their first opponent to try to establish the run...also broke up a pass...Texas Tech...Made two tackles and notched his 6th career fumble recovery in 61 snaps...Texas State...Two solo stops, including 1 TFL, in one half of play.

2002 (JUNIOR): Second team all-Mountain West Conference selection and also voted to the second team in a Las Vegas Review Journal media poll...37 tackles (16 solo), including 13 for loss (T3rd on team), and 2.5 sacks...also had 4 fumble recoveries (second in the Mountain West), 2 pass deflections and an interception...UCLA (Las Vegas Bowl)...strong performance in his bowl debut...finished with 5 tackles, including 2 for loss...teamed with Zach Rupp for a sack...helped the Lobo defense hold the Bruins to just 167 yards, 206 below their season average, and one offensive touchdown...Wyoming...was in on 3 tackles, but it was his first career interception of Casey Bramlet's tipped pass, which helped turn the tide of the game late in the first quarter...hauled in the fluttering ball at the Wyoming 14-yard line and returned it 7 yards to set up DonTrell Moore's TD, which gave UNM a 14-0 lead...Colorado State...did a nice job of pressuring CSU QB Bradlee Van Pelt and helped limit CSU's Cecil Sapp, the MWC's leading-rusher, to just 36 yards (2.6 ypc) on the night...finished with 3 tackles, including a 10-yard sack, his first in 8 games...BYU...continued his strong play with 3 tackles, including 2 for loss, and a QB hurry in an active 43 defensive snaps...San Diego State...matched season-high with 4 tackles in 41 snaps, including 3 stops for loss...most tackles in 3 games...Utah State...no tackles in 15 defensive snaps, but did a nice job pressuring USU QB Jose Fuentes...hit on Fuentes forced a poor throw, which was intercepted by Terrell Golden at the UNM 5-yard-line with Utah State threatening to put the game out of reach at the 8:16 mark of the 4th quarter...UNLV...4 tackles in 38 defensive plays...applied good pressure to the Rebel QBs throughout the game...New Mexico State...4 tackles, including 2 for losses of 3 yards, in 58 plays...Baylor...1 sack and 2 tackles for loss...4 total tackles...also recovered a fumble for the fourth straight game...45 plays...Air Force...1 tackle and a fumble recovery, his third in as many games...65 plays...Weber State...3 tackles in 76 plays...also recovered a fumble and broke up a pass...started what was the game's strangest play when he deflected QB Tate Bennett's pass...Bennett caught his own pass and was stripped of the ball by Hebrews Josue, who ran 41 yards before handing off to Billy Strother who went the final 42 yards for the score...N.C. State...2 tackles, including one for a loss in 62 plays...also recovered a fumble.

2001 (SOPHOMORE): 11 games played with 5 starts...second on the team with 3.5 sacks...23 tackles, with 7 TFL (T3rd on the team)...forced two fumbles and recovered one...Baylor...made first start at DE and had 3 tackles, including 1 sack in 54 plays...Texas Tech...2 tackles for loss, including a 10-yard sack in 53 plays...UTEP...nice game with 3 tackles and 2 TFL, including a sack (9 yards) in 27 plays...UNLV...5 tackles and a 9-yard sack in 68 plays...also forced a fumble...Colorado State...4 tackles, including 1 for a loss in 63 plays...Utah...3 tackles in 62 plays...New Mexico State...1 tackle and a fumble recovery in 42 plays...San Diego State...1 pass defended in 59 plays...started the game...Air Force...1 tackle in 15 plays.

2000 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): A reserve in 11 games (DNP vs. Utah)...played 107 snaps...only 10 tackles, but posted 3 sacks and a caused fumble...San Diego State...2 tackles in just 5 plays...had a sack of Aztec QB Lon Sheriff, which forced a fumble...UNM recovered at the SDSU 15 and went on to kick a FG and go ahead 13-0...Colorado State...just 1 tackle in 6 plays, but made it count, dumping CSU QB Matt Newton for a 10-yard sack...the play knocked CSU out of FG range and forced a punt...Northern Arizona...just 1 tackle in 7 plays, but it was a 7-yard sack, punctuating UNM's win...BYU...1 tackle in a season-high 23 plays...Oregon State...2 stops in 11 plays.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 1999 graduate of Roswell HS...second team all-state linebacker as a senior, leading the Coyotes with 103 tackles and 12 sacks in 10 games...also played fullback, tight end, defensive end, linebacker and punter...was a 3-year starter for coach Jack Cisco.

PERSONAL: Born Jan. 15, 1981, in Roswell...age is 22...full name is David Justin Renteria...son of Henry and Sandra...has two younger brothers (Rocky/Joey) and a younger sister (Sandy)...major is Communications with a Family Studies minor.

CAREER HIGHS: Tackles: 8, at Washington State (9/20/03). Tackles For Loss: 3 (twice). Sacks: 1.5, at Utah (10/25/03).


Year G/GS UT AT Total Sacks TFL FC FR PBU Int.-Yds
2000 11/0 7 3 10 3 3 1 0 0 0
2001 11/5 16 7 23 3.5 7 2 1 1 0
2002 14/11 16 21 37 2.5 13 0 4 2 1-7
2003 10/10 22 15 37 2.5 10 1 1 2 0
Career 46/26 61 46 107 11.5 33 4 6 5 1-7