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#18 Marcus Lopez
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 153
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Santa Rosa, N.M
High School: Santa Rosa HS
Experience: Redshirt

NEW MEXICO: A diamond in the rough who has blossomed into a threat to earn playing time in the fall ... walked on to the program in 2013 as a running back but made the switch to wide receiver in the offseason ... impressed coaches with his work ethic and focus on every play ... now just needs to become more comfortable with the position and find a niche on special teams to get on the field in the fall.

HIGH SCHOOL: A first-team All-State running back and defensive back for Santa Rosa High School and Lions coach Mario Trujillo ... the Lions won three consecutive Class 2A state championships from 2010-12 ... also earned first-team All-District 2-2A and the 2-2A Offensive Most Valuable Player ... also was All-State in basketball and baseball his senior year ... selected for the small-school North-South All-Star Game in football, basketball and baseball.

PERSONAL: Born Dec. 3, 1994 in Albuquerque ... parents are Loretta and Bruce Lopez ... has two brothers, Ryan and Lucas ... likes hunting and fishing ... favorite food is tacos ... favorite athlete is Michael Jordan ... undecided on a college major.

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