Captains Carrier, Bollema provide leadership to running backs, inside linebackers
Lobo senior tight end earns award for his winter conditioning program work
Lobo football team looks to finish spring practice on a strong note
First-year Coach Bob Davie needs to change a culture, but also some statistical shortcomings
New Mexico hosted Colorado State in the season opener, won by the Rams 14-10.
NEW MEXICO: A two-year role players on special teams and defense for the Lobos ... has a great attitude and a strong work ethic ... a better understanding of the scheme will help him to anticipate more and earn more playing time on defense in 2013 ... provides valuable experience to a young defensive front seven ... a hard-nosed linebacker with great energy ... started to show flashes of his potential in the fall of 2011...is beginning to add applied knowledge to great football instincts.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games for the Lobos on defense and special teams ... finished with 10 tackles on the season, including one tackle for loss and one forced fumble ... best game came in the season opener against Southern when he matched his career high with three tackles, including two solos ... also had two solo tackles against New Mexico State on Sept. 22.
2011 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in seven of the team's last eight games, both on defense and special teams ... recorded a career high three tackles against Air Force, playing double-digit snaps on defense ... made his first career tackle in the fourth quarter at TCU ... also had one kickoff return for 10 yards vs. New Mexico State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time first team District 8-5A selection who was one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation ... listed as a three-star recruit by Scout.com (No. 31 MLB) and ESPN.com (No. 31 ILB) ... also ranked as one of the overall top-500 players in Texas (No. 299) ... racked up 372 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles in his three-year varsity career ... also had 10 QB hurries, 8 pass break-ups and 4 interceptions ... 112 stops, 6 TFL, and 4 break-ups in 11 games last fall when he was named all-district, second team all-Collin County, and team MVP ... started 37 consecutive games, including seven playoff games for head coach Bill Howard ... helped the Pirates finish 13-3 and advance to the 2008 Texas 5A (Division 2) championship game as a junior when he was named to Texas5Afootball.com's All-State Junior Team and the all-Collin Country first team...district Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore ... carries a 3.23 GPA and active as a mentor/tutor for area youth.
PERSONAL: Born May 20, 1991 in Sherman, Texas ... full name is Toby Allen Ball ... son of Mark and Lori Ball ... dad is the athletic director of Lubbock Public Schools and played college football at Kilgore JC and Tarleton State ... has an older sister, Shelby, and older brother, Cody ... majoring in Business.