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Senior Jason Lenzmeier
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/11/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics
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75 * Jason Lenzmeier * OT * Sr-3L * 6-5 * 312 * Frisco, Texas (Frisco HS)

NEW MEXICO: Three-year starter on the offensive line who was a strong candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award (outstanding lineman) candidate before suffering a torn MCL in his left knee vs. BYU...still has to play through significant soreness in the knee, but made outstanding progress in his rehabilitation and returned on Oct. 18 at San Diego State...44 career games and 39 starts, including 35 in a row (11th best in the country) before the injury...is considered by many to be the best run-blocking lineman in the MWC...ranked the 18th-best offensive tackle in the nation this season by The Sporting News...coaching staff believes he could become one of the best offensive linemen ever to come out of the program...probably the most well-rounded of the group...dominant physical player with the right mental makeup...voted team captain by his teammates this year and is the leader of a intimidating offensive line unit, nicknamed "The Hitmen", which was named the 10th-best O-line group in the nation by Athlon...started at guard in 2000, but moved to strong tackle in the spring of 2001...limited in the spring of 2001 as he was recovering from a broken right leg suffered in the 2000 season finale at BYU as a redshirt freshman...surgery was not required...a redshirt in 1999.

2003 (SENIOR): Was the team-leader with 37 knockdown blocks in roughly 12 quarters of play before suffering a torn MCL in his left knee just before halftime vs. BYU...was thought to be lost for the season with an torn ACL before the surprising MRI results revealed the less severe injury...has recorded 82 KD blocks and has not been flagged for a penalty in 460 scrimmage plays...Colorado State...Excellent game, finishing with a team-high 16 KD blocks in 57 snaps...95% assignment and 86% technique grade for the second straight night...opened up some giant holes to clear the way for DonTrell Moore's career-high 242 yards rushing...UNLV...Strong effort, tallying 13 knockdowns in 73 offensive plays...95% assignment grade and a team-best 86% technique mark...Utah...Outstanding performance, recording 15 knockdowns along with a 99% assignment grade in 86 snaps...did not allow a sack and helped "The Hitmen" steamroll the nation's 25th-ranked run defense as UNM piled up 407 rushing yards on the afternoon...carried the flag for the entire Lobo offensive line by earning MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors, becoming the first offensive lineman ever to win the award...San Diego State...Made his much-anticipated return 5 weeks after tearing his MCL...was not 100%, but provided a big lift for "The Hitmen", notching 11 knockdowns in 63 plays as UNM churned out 207 rushing yards against the MWC's top-ranked defense...BYU...Had notched 3 KD blocks in 36 snaps before suffering the knee injury on one of the final plays of the first half...was engaged, pass blocking a BYU player when another player fell into the side of his left leg...Texas Tech...Outstanding performance in last collegiate performace in his homestate...career-high 22 knockdown blocks (4 more than his previous best last year vs. Wyoming) in 96 plays to help pave the way for the Lobos' 235 rushing yards...Texas State...12 knockdowns in three quarters of play.

2002 (JUNIOR): First team all-MWC selection by The Sporting News...second team all-Mountain West Conference selection by the league's media and coaches...also second team honoree by the Las Vegas Review Journal...started all 14 games and played all but 6 offensive snaps on the season...led the team with 145 knockdown blocks and allowed just two sacks all year...UCLA (Las Vegas Bowl)...shared team-high honors with 7 knockdown blocks in his first bowl game...Wyoming...notched a career-high 18 KD blocks in all 63 offensive snaps...he and his fellow "Hitmen" helped UNM churn out a season-high 292 rushing yards and did not allow a sack for the second straight game...Colorado State...had 8 knockdowns in 72 snaps...helped pave the way for DonTrell Moore's 181 yards rushing, the most allowed by the Rams all season, and did not allow a sack...BYU...notched 12 KD blocks in all 75 snaps...started the game lined up in the backfield with fellow offensive linemen Claude Terrell and Justin Colburn in UNM's new 8-lineman "diesel" package...San Diego State...12 knockdown blocks in all 74 snaps...Utah...shared team-high honors with 14 KD blocks in all 74 offensive plays...UNM's offensive line did not allow a sack and paved the way for 268 yards on the ground against the nation's 16th-ranked run defense...Utah State...11 knockdown blocks in all 81 offensive snaps...UNLV...7 KD blocks in all 58 offensive plays...Texas Tech...6 knockdowns in all 63 offensive snaps...New Mexico State...team-high 10 knockdowns in all 65 offensive plays...Baylor...10 KDs in 72 of 78 offensive snaps...Air Force...14 knockdowns in all 71 offensive plays...Weber State...11 knockdowns in all 52 offensive snaps...N.C. State...3 knockdown blocks in all 59 offensive snaps.

2001 (SOPHOMORE): Named honorable mention all-MWC by the coaches and media...started all 11 games and played all but 11 offensive snaps at tackle...played the entire game 8 times...5th on the team with 82 knockdown blocks...New Mexico State...career-high 15 knockdowns in 65 plays...played in all but 3 offensive snaps...total grade of 1.85 (96% technical, 89% result)...Colorado State...2 KOs in all 80 offensive snaps...total grade of 1.70 (85% technical, 83% result)...UNLV...10 knockdowns in all 73 offensive snaps...total grade of 1.77 (93% technical, 84% result)...San Diego State...5 KOs in 72 offensive plays...4 special teams plays...highest among the linemen with a total grade of 1.77 (85% technical, 92% result)...Air Force...8 knockdowns in 98 total plays...1.85 total grade (90% technical, 95% result)...BYU...12 KOs in all 83 offensive plays...total grade of 1.87 (94% technical, 93% result)...Wyoming...7 knockdowns in all 75 offensive plays...Utah...played all 73 offensive snaps...1 knockdown...Baylor...6 knockdowns in 76 offensive snaps...played the entire game...had highest grade among lineman at 1.83 (95% technical, 88% result)...Texas Tech...9 knockdown blocks in 77 plays...played every offensive snap...UTEP...7 knockdown blocks in 78 of a possible 79 offensive plays.

2000 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in all 12 games, starting the final 7...only saw special teams action in his first 4 games...promoted to starter at offensive right guard prior to the Wyoming game...he replaced junior Jon Oliver, giving UNM an additional 30 pounds up front...pushed junior B.J. Long for the starting spot at left tackle in the spring and ended up backing him up for the first 5 weeks...played all 328 snaps in a 5-game span between Colorado State and UNLV...had 35 total knockdowns vs. Utah, San Diego State and UNLV...finished with 62 KOs on the season...BYU...broke his right tibia in the first half...graded 1.60 (80% result and technical) and had 2 KO...Wyoming...in first career start, played 72 offensive snaps and had a 1.68 total grade (79% technical, 89% result) and a season-high 11 knockdowns...San Diego State...a team-best 1.86 total grade (93% technical and result)...tied a season-high with 11 KO for the third time...also his third straight game with at least 10 KO...played all 72 snaps...Air Force...played in all 73 snaps and recorded a 1.61 total grade (80% technical and 81% result)...11 KO tied his season- high...UNLV...graded 1.42 (72% technical and 70% result) and played all 57 snaps...had 3 KO...Utah...played all 67 snaps and was third among O-linemen with 1.72 grade (84% technical, 88% result)...10 KOs...Colorado State...was in on all 59 offensive snaps and had a 1.61 total grade (75% technical and 86% result)...recorded a team-high 6 KOs, but yielded a sack...Northern Arizona...saw first true action on the line, with 25 snaps in back of Oliver...graded 1.36 overall (64% technical grade and 72% result grade)...also recorded 8 KOs.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 1999 graduate of Frisco (Texas) HS...three-year starter at offensive tackle for Frisco, a suburb north of Dallas...two-time first team all-district and all-area, and Texas Football Magazine Top 300 bluechip...also visited Texas Tech...actually played offensive guard, tackle and tight end his senior year...team captain his junior and senior seasons...played for coach David Kuykendall...also lettered in basketball and track.

PERSONAL: Born Feb. 2, 1981, in Fargo, N.D...age is 22...full name is Jason Stuart Lenzmeier...son of Tim and Jody...an older brother Brandon, attended Texas Tech, but did not play football...also has a younger brother (Taylor) and a younger sister (Mallory)...major is University Studies.

CAREER HIGHS: Knockdown Blocks: 22, at Texas Tech (9/6/03).

Friday, September 26
6:00 PM - 
Football
vs. Fresno State
Saturday, October 04
1:30 PM - 
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at UTSA
Friday, October 10
7:30 PM - 
Football
vs. San Diego State
Saturday, October 18
1:30 PM - 
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at Air Force
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