Aho, Newman shine at tight end, outside linebacker, respectively
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 vs. New Mexico State Oct. 1, 2011
NEW MEXICO: Fifth-year senior and former walk-on who joined the team as a linebacker in the spring of 2008...played tight end in 2012 after spending most of his career at fullback...integral in UNM's rushing offense that ranked fifth in the nation in rushing with an average of 301.3 yards per game...missed 2012 spring practice to recover from a pelvis injury he suffered in 2011...one of the toughest players on the team, playing in every game in 2011 despite not being able to practice for stretches late in the season because of injuries...lettered the previous two seasons primarily as a special teams player...excellent size and has shown good hands out of the backfield...spent the fall of 2007 at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in Ft. Monmouth, N.J...son of Mark Biren, who played football (tight end) and baseball for the Lobos in the late 1970s/early `80s...Mark also spent two seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization...a 2012 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete recipient and a 2011 All-Academic Mountain West selection...last name is pronounced BY-run.
2012 (SENIOR): Appeared in all 13 games with a career-high eight starts at tight end...often utilized in a two-tight end set with Lucas Reed to fuel a rushing attack that gained 300 yards in 10 games...had one catch for 11 yards on offense...made one tackle on special teams.
2011 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games with one start at fullback in 2011, contributing both on offense and special teams...utilized as a blocker in the offensive attack but also had two carries for four yards and two receptions for nine yards on the year. Also played on all UNM special teams, making four tackles.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games mostly as a special teams player and reserve fullback...did not have any statistics during his second active season.
2009 (FRESHMAN): Played in 12 games as a back-up fullback and special teams...his first and only career reception was a 2-yard TD catch against New Mexico State.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Arvada (Colo.) West High School...first team all-conference player after posting 109 tackles as a senior for coach Casey Coons...helped the Wildcats win the league title in 2006...second team all-conference player in basketball as well...also lettered in baseball...first team Academic All-State honoree.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 19, 1988, in Denver, Colo...full name is Christopher Mark Biren...son of Mark and Denise Biren...has an older sister, Brittini...majored in Business Administration.