#22 Markel Byrd
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Horizon Christian Academy
Experience: Redshirt
Career Statistics Career Statistics

New Mexico: Has successfully made the transition from high school quarterback to safety ... great ability to read the opposing offenses.

2014 (Redshirt Freshman Season): Played in all 12 games for the Lobos, starting eight of the final nine ... was seventh on the team in tackles with 50, including 31 solo stops ... also had an interception, two passes broken up, a hurry and a forced fumble ... had a career-best nine tackles against Air Force, topping his previous best of eight against Fresno State ... had seven solos in that game ... had three tackles against UTSA, but his interception with just under six minutes to go against the Roadrunners helped clinch a 21-9 win ... broke up passses against both UNLV and Boise State ... forced a fumble against San Diego State ... had six tackles each against UNLV and Arizona State.

2013 (Freshman Season): Redshirted

High School: Played three years for head coach Chris Johnson and the Panthers on both sides of the ball ... was named Coastal League Most Valuable Player in 2012 as well as MaxPreps first-team California Division IV All-State as an all-purpose back ... as a senior threw for 1,932 yards and 25 TDs ... added 417 yards on 82 carries (a 5.1-yard average) and 11 TDs on the ground ... as a cornerback recorded 40 tackles (37 solos), intercepted five passes and broke up six more ... averaged 18.6 yards per punt return and 19.4 yards per kick return ... also served as the team's punter and averaged 40.7 yards per kick ... as a junior threw for 1,487 yards and averaged 15.8 yards per completion ... passed for 18 TDs and added three more on the ground ... named second-team All -Coastal League at cornerback ... as a sophomore in 2010 was first-team All-Coastal League at QB after throwing for 2,455 yards and 21 TDs while averaging 18.6 yards per completion and rushing for 430 yards and nine TDs ... also intercepted six passes and scored two TDs on defense.

Personal: Born on March 23, 1995 ... is undecided on a major ... mother is Stephanie Threadgill.