76 * Claude Terrell * OG * Jr-2L * 6-3 * 330 * LaMarque, Texas (LaMarque HS)
NEW MEXICO: Returning starter at strong guard who has worked to become one of the elite linemen in the Mountain West Conference...Outland Trophy (outstanding interior lineman) candidate and was also a watch list selection for the Rotary Lombardi Award (outstanding lineman) ...was one of the biggest surprises during the 2001 season, earning Freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America...35 career games with 34 consecutive starts...excellent athlete who has yet to completely harness all of his talent...deceptively quick...has good speed for someone his size...has done a good job of trimming weight as he came to UNM at more than 350 pounds...named UNM's "Best Pro Prospect" on offense by CollegeFootballNews.com...expected to be a leader...tough, intimidating player on gameday, but very personable off the field...writes a weekly column, "Inside The Trenches With Big C," for the Red Menace fan website...last name is pronounced TARE-ull.
2003 (JUNIOR): 98 knockdown blocks in 10 starts at strong guard...Colorado State...Outstanding effort, recording 15 KD blocks to go along with a team-best 98% assignment grade and 89% technical mark...blew open some huge holes to clear the way for DonTrell Moore's career-high 242 yards rushing...UNLV...Strong blocking performance, notching 8 knockdowns to help spring DonTrell Moore for 130 rushing yards...also had a team-best 96% assignment grade and a 82% technical mark in 73 snaps...Utah...Excellent effort, recording 12 knockdowns along with a 98% 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...San Diego State...Lined up next to strong side partner Jason Lenzmeier for the first time in 5 weeks...notched 5 knockdowns in 63 snaps as UNM churned out 207 rushing yards against the MWC's top-ranked defense...Utah State...9 KD blocks and a near flawless, 98 percent assignment grade in 82 snaps...helped clear the way for DonTrell Moore's second straight 100-yard game (132)...New Mexico State...Team-high 14 knockdown blocks and no sacks allowed in 67 snaps...helped pave the way for DonTrell Moore's 3rd 100-yard game of the year...made what head coach Rocky Long later called the play of the game when he crossed the field, dove and knocked NMSU OLB Richard Glover out of bounds at the UNM 36-yard line following a 24-yard INT return in the final minute of the 2nd quarter...3 plays after Terrell's TD-saving tackle, the Aggies missed a FG and entered the half deflated with just a 14-7 lead, which the rejuvinated Lobos soon erased...BYU...Strong performance against a physical defensive front...set a career-high with 17 knockdown blocks in 75 plays...Texas Tech...11 KD blocks, no sacks allowed and no penalties in 96 snaps...helped pave the way for the Lobos' 235 rushing yards.
2002 (SOPHOMORE): Second team all-Mountain West Conference selection...named Outstanding Offensive Lineman by his teammates at the UNM football banquet...started all 14 games and played all but 7 offensive snaps on the season...third on the team with 139 knockdown blocks...earned a unique honor following the regular season when Bellhaven Elementary School in Albuquerque presented him with its XChallenge Award for great character to reward his actions in the wake of the Lobos' devastating OT loss at Utah State on Oct. 19...Terrell pulled dejected kicker Kenny Byrd onto his feet, put his arm around him and walked the true freshman the length of the field, all the way into the UNM lockerroom, after Byrd's missed PAT gave Utah State a 45-44 victory...Wyoming...had 13 KD blocks in 63 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...team-high 14 KD blocks...left the field for just one play after rolling his ankle in the fourth quarter...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...recorded 12 knockdowns in 75 snaps...started the game lined up in the backfield with fellow offensive linemen Jason Lenzmeier and Justin Colburn in UNM's new 8-lineman "diesel" package...San Diego State...13 KD blocks in 74 snaps...Utah...career-high 14 knockdown blocks in all 74 offensive snaps...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...13 KD blocks in all 81 offensive snaps...UNLV...team-high 9 KDs in all 58 offensive plays...Baylor...12 knockdowns in 72 of 78 offensive plays...Air Force...8 knockdowns in all 71 offensive snaps...Weber State...9 knockdowns in all 52 offensive plays...N.C. State...game-high 11 knockdown blocks in all 59 offensive snaps.
2001 (FRESHMAN): Started 10 of 11 games...played 757 of 848 offensive snaps...played the entire game 7 times...86 knockdown blocks tied for 3rd on the team...New Mexico State...career-high 12 knockdowns in 61 of a possible 68 plays...team-high grade of 1.88 (95% technical, 93% result)...UTEP...9 knockdowns in 78 of a possible 79 plays...best among the linemen with a total grade of 1.83 (96% technique, 87% result)...Colorado State...6 KOs in all 80 offensive plays...total grade of 1.65 (81% technical, 84% result)...UNLV...8 knockdowns in all 73 offensive snaps...total grade of 1.75 (90% technical, 85% result)...San Diego State...8 KOs in all 72 offensive plays...total grade of 1.57 (83% technical, 74% result)...BYU...7 KOs in all 83 plays...total grade of 1.71 (93% technical, 78% result)...Wyoming...10 knockdowns in all 75 offensive snaps...Utah...6 KOs in 73 snaps...played the entire game...Baylor...second on the team with 9 knockdowns...played in all 76 offensive snaps...Texas Tech...10 knockdowns in 72 plays...was in on 66 of a possible 71 offensive snaps.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2000 graduate of LaMarque (Texas) HS...a three-year letterman and a two-year starter for this 4A school between Houston and Galveston...all-state and all-district selection his senior year for coach Larry Walker when he had 95 pancackes and a 96% grade...also named the team's most valuable player...LaMarque was 11-2 in 1999, losing in the state semifinals...the Cougars were 57-3 his four years there, including consecutive state titles in 1996-97...all-district and all-conference in basketball where he was a three-year letterman...also lettered in track...a 3.8 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and a member of the Honor Roll all four years...also on the Peer Leadership Council.
PERSONAL: Born April 20, 1982, in Texas City...age is 21...full name is Claude Edward Terrell...nickname is Big C...son of Claude and Yvonne...father played outside linebacker at Texas Southern in 1974...has two sisters, Ashley and Amber...major is Communications with a Management minor.
CAREER HIGHS: Knockdown Blocks: 17, vs. BYU (9/13/03).