ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Keeping UNM’s offense should be priority for opponents in 2014. For kick returner Carlos Wiggins, he has that same mentality, although when he keeps the Lobo offense off the field, it’s usually worth six points.
Wiggins’ prowess as a kickoff returner garnered him another preseason accolade, and this one is a biggie, as he was named a preseason Second Team All-America selection as a kick returner by Athlon Sports. He was the highest-honored Mountain West student-athlete on the All-America team released by Athlon today. Fresno State safety Derron Smith was a third team pick.
Wiggins picked up plenty of postseason honors last season, including the College Football Performance Awards Kickoff Returner of the Year award. In the preseason he has been named preseason First Team Mountain West by Athlon, Lindy’s and Phil Steele.
Just a rising junior, Wiggins last year was named the Mountain West’s Special Teams Player of the Year after leading the nation with 1,303 kickoff return yards and three touchdowns. He made several All-American teams last year including SB Nation (second team), College Sports Madness (third team), Phil Steele (fourth team) and Sports Illustrated (honorable mention). He was one of two players nationally last year to have at least two touchdowns rushing, receiving and on kickoff returns.
The complete Athlon Preseason All-America team is located here: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/college-football-2014-all-america-team
While Wiggins has now been on three preseason All-Mountain West teams, teammates Lamar Bratton and Brett Bowers can both say the same, as Bratton has been a First Team lineman for Athlon and Phil Steele, and second team for Lindy’s, while Bowers has been listed by all three as a second team pick.
Offensive lineman Jamal Price was named Third Team by both Athlon and Phil Steele.
|Carlos Wiggins||1st Team (KR)||1st Team (KR)||1st Team (KR)|
|Lamar Bratton||1st Team (OL)||2nd Team (OL)||1st Team (OL)|
|Brett Bowers||2nd Team (DL)||2nd Team (DL)||2nd Team (DL)|
|Jamal Price||3rd Team (OL)||3rd Team (OL)|