New Mexico has 23 seniors ending Lobo careers Saturday at Colorado State
Nevada steps onto Branch Field Saturday with one of the more balanced run-pass attacks in the nation.
23 Lobo Seniors Will Say Goodbye to Branch Field on Saturday
NEW MEXICO: One of the most naturally talented players on the defensive line who presented an interior presence at nose tackle in the Lobos' 3-4 scheme ... an anchor on the defensive line who bought into coach Bob Davie's message early and became a veteran leader on the team ... has the size to compete at the next level ... played in 13 games in 2012 and finished with 36 games and 26 starts during his three-year Lobo career ... highly-touted transfer from Illinois who played in all 12 games in 2011...former Illini and high school teammate Ugo Uzodinma also transferred to New Mexico in 2009...enrolled at New Mexico in June of 2009 and provided an immediate benefit to the Lobo offense with his presence on the defensive scout team...is hungry to make a name for himself at the next level...a former four-star prep recruit, he was one of the most decorated prep players ever to join the program when he transferred to UNM...was an early high school graduate, enrolling at Illinois in January of 2008 before redshirting the '08 season...is very conscious of maintaining a healthy diet and stays away from fatty or fried foods.
2012 (SENIOR): Played in all 13 games with 11 starts ... did not start two games early in the season because of a hamstring strain but still came off the bench and played. ... finished with two tackles (one solo, one assist) against Nevada on Nov. 17, including a hustling takedown from behind of the Wolf Pack's quick quarterback, Cody Fajardo ... made three tackles (one solo, two assist) against Wyoming on Nov. 10 ... totaled 1.5 tackles for a loss against the Cowboys ... recorded three tackles (one solo, two assist) against Air Force on Oct. 20 ... appeared in the 30th game of his career (20th start) at Hawaii on Oct. 13 and had a tremendous game, finishing with an overall grade of 80 percent and zero missed tackles ... recorded four total tackles (two solo, two assist), one sack, one quarterback hurry, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery against the Warriors ... the fumble recovery was the first of his career ... recorded three total tackles (one solo) against No. 24 Boise State on Sept. 29, including splitting a tackle for a loss ... notched his first sack of the season when he and Javarie Johnson split a sack in the second quarter against New Mexico State on Sept. 22.
2011 (JUNIOR): Participated in all 12 games with 10 starts at nose tackle...finished with 16 tackles on the season, including four tackles for loss...best game of the season came against archrival New Mexico State with four tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. Also recorded his only sack of the season in the season finale against No. 8 Boise State.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 10 games as a back-up on the defensive line...had 14 tackles during the year with a TFL and a half sack against UNLV...gained collegiate experience in his first full season at the D1 level.
2009 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN/TRANSFER YEAR): Sat out the entire year due to transfer rules...spent time on the scout team.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Redshirted at the University of Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Washington D.C. Dunbar High School, earning his diploma in the winter following his final football season...rated the No. 1 player in the Washington D.C. area and a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com...earned second-team All-Metro by the Washington Post...also ranked the fourth-quickest defensive tackle nationally and among the top-30 tackles in the nation by Rivals.com...recorded 50 tackles and 6 sacks during an injury-shortened senior year...Washington Post All-District first-team...48 tackles and seven sacks as a junior... PrepStar Magazine Dream Team selection and a SuperPrep All-American...named to the East Hot 100 list by Scout.com...earned first-team all-district honors as a junior...named to the All-DCSportsfan first-team...also recruited by Maryland and Penn State.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 19, 1990...age is 21...full name is Reginald Terrell Ellis...son of Angela Ellis and Chamarko Amin...majored in business.