All-MWC & Academic All-America Candidate
NEW MEXICO:Three-year letterman who has been an integral part of the LB rotation coming off the bench the past three years...at 5-10, 205, he could be the smallest starting middle linebacker in Division I football, but also one of the toughness, smartest and hardest working on and off the field...coaches say that few linebackers in the nation can match his intangibles and instincts at the position...were it not for his measurements, they believe he would be an NFL-caliber player...2008 team captain and the undisputed leader of the defense...leads by example and a vocal presence as well...108 tackles (8.0 for loss) in 35 career games (3 starts)...good numbers in the weight room as well, improving across the board during the offseason, including a 515 squat, 328 power clean and 325 bench...also serves as the Lobos' emergency deep snapper...a former catcher, he originally signed a letter of intent with the UNM baseball team, but was given a football scholarship when one became available before 2005 preseason practice began...made a surprising impact as a true freshman in `05...missed 2006 spring practice to play baseball for the Lobos, but following that season decided to focus on football exclusively for the rest of his collegiate career...played in 24 games during the `06 baseball season, starting 21 behind the plate...hit .329 (26-for-79) with 10 runs, 14 RBI, two doubles, a triple and a home run, and caught 13 runners stealing...fiery, aggressive player on the field, but a well-spoken ambassador for the program with his work in the classroom and around the community...three-time Academic All-MWC honoree, posting a 3.89 GPA in his first 2 1/2 years (History major, Political Science minor)...five former high school teammates (Jr. Frankie Baca, Sr. Jake Bowe, Jr. Clint McPeek, Sr. Matt Quillen and So. Greyson Wieczorek) also play football for UNM...last name is pronounced are-NET...Arnett is a recipient of the Frank O. Greenleaf Memorial Scholarship.
`07 HIGHLIGHTS: at Utah...Matched his career-high for the second straight week with 8 tackles...got in on a TFL and had several stops for minimal gain to frustrate one of the league's top rushing offenses...Utah had just 32 yards on 20 2nd half rushing attempts (138 total)...vs. Colorado State...Enjoyed a career-day, notching career-highs of 8 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards) and 2 sacks...sacks were the first of his career and snapped a 4-game drought for the Lobos...first sack forced CSU into a long FG that missed wide and later dropped QB Caleb Hanie for a 12-yard loss to knock the Rams out of FG range...later stuffed RB Gartrell Johnson on 3rd-and-goal from the 4 in the 4th quarter...vs. Air Force...Got in on 6 stops, including a tackle for loss as UNM held the nation's No. 6 rushing offense 48 yards under its average, including just 73 yards on 24 2nd half attempts (3.0 avg.)...drilled QB Shaun Carney to hurry his pass on the Falcons' final drive...at San Diego State...7 tackles in 51 defensive/special teams snaps...at Wyoming...Got in on 2 tackles and did a excellent job of caving in the pocket, recording a career-high 3 QB hurries in 29 defensive plays...vs. BYU...Led the team with 7 tackles in 57 defensive/special teams snaps...got in on a TFL as well, as he helped the Lobo defense hold the powerful Cougar offense 130 yards under its season average...vs. Sacramento State...5 tackles including a career-high 2 solo tackles for loss...had one of the biggest hits of the night when he flattened a Hornet RB in the backfield...helped the defense record its first shutout in 5 years, while allowing just 104 yards of total offense - the fewest since 1983...vs. New Mexico State...Continued his strong start with 5 tackles (2 solo), including one for loss in 39 plays off the bench...at UTEP...Fine game off the bench, getting in on a career-high 7 defensive/special teams tackles in 25 snaps...also assisted on a tackle for loss.
2005 (TRUE FRESHMAN):
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2005 graduate of Albuquerque La Cueva HS where he starred in both football and baseball...2-time first team class 5A all-state selection at linebacker...had 66 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 blocked punts and an interception as a senior...named Albuquerque Public Schools Male Athlete of the Year of the 2004-05 school year...2-time prep All-American and a 3-time first team all-state honoree at catcher...helped lead the football team to a 13-0 record en route to its second straight state title in `04...the Bears also won the `03 championship with a perfect 13-0 mark...helped La Cueva win 3 consecutive state baseball championships...team compiled an 85-1 record during that span, including a national prep record 70-straight wins before losing to rival Rio Grande HS on April 4, 2005....hit .493 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI as a senior.
PERSONAL:Born on Sept. 10, 1986, in Albuquerque...age is 21...son of Rob and Lucy...has two siblings, Rob and Leigh...brother, Rob played baseball for Air Force...grandfather, Bob, played football for UNM, leading the Lobos' in rushing in 1952...uncle, Curt Arnett, played in the minor leagues.