June 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Beyond Sports Network has named University of New Mexico junior kick returner Chase Clayton to its preseason all-America third team, the network announced Thursday.
Clayton, who earned preseason first-team All-Mountain West honors by Athlon Sports on Wednesday, enters the 2013 season trying to duplicate or improve upon his 30.4-yard average per kick return last year. He finished fifth in the nation and led the conference in kick return average.
The junior from Carson, Calif., is one of six players from the Mountain West named to the preseason team. He scored on a pair of kickoff returns in 2012, the most touchdowns since Terance Mathis scored on three kickoff returns in 1989.
The Lobos begin fall practice on Aug. 1 in preparation for their 2013 season opener against Texas-San Antonio on Branch Field at University Stadium on Aug. 31.