QBs work on making passing attack more dangerous; return teams seek playmakers
Wide receiver, defensive back groups both young but talented
Lobo football team looks to finish spring practice on a strong note
The talented Lobo kickoff man has moved from tailback to receiver -- the position he played in high school ball
UNM football team ends 6 a.m. workouts with a flourish
The University of New Mexico host Southern University on Sept. 1, 2012 at Branch Field at University Stadium.
NEW MEXICO: Breakout season as a kickoff returner and backup tailback in 2012 ... a strong runner who can accelerate in the open field ... needs to continue working on pass protection ... coaches say they need to find more ways to get the ball in his hands ... switched during the 2012 offseason from fullback to tailback to fit into the pistol option offense ... started his college career as a defensive back.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): An All-Mountain West honorable mention honoree after finishing as the No. 5 kick returner in the nation with an average of 30.4 yards per return ... played in 13 games with three starts ... had two returns for an average of 31.5 yards in the season finale at Colorado State ... carried the ball three times for 28 yards against Wyoming on Nov. 10 ... led the Lobos in both rushing yards and total yards against UNLV on Nov. 3 ... set career-highs against the Rebels in multiple categories including carries (seven), rushing yards (75), and long rush (22) ... finished the contest against UNLV with 88 yards on four kickoff returns ... also caught one pass for five yards against the Rebels ... gained nine yards on three carriers against Fresno State on Oct. 27 and also returned two kickoffs for 65 total yards with a long of 33 ... carried the ball four times for 21 yards, caught one pass for three yards, and recorded a special teams tackle against Air Force on Oct. 20 but did not return a kick ... had a career-long 33-yard reception in the fourth quarter against Hawai'i on Oct. 13 ... also recorded two special teams tackles against Hawaii ... carried the ball three times for 36 yards vs. New Mexico State ... tied his career long with a 20-yard rush against NMSU ... recorded his second kickoff return for a touchdown this season with a 98-yard return in the second quarter against Texas Tech on Sept. 15 ... earned College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week for the second time this season ... returned five total kickoffs that day for 162 yards ... made his first career start at running back against the Red Raiders and rushed twice for 13 yards ... recorded two rushing attempts against No. 17 Texas on Sept. 8 but did not return a kick ... he totaled 22 yards, including a 20-yard run ... made his first career kick return a memorable one, taking it 98 yards for a touchdown against Southern on Sept. 1 ... it was the Lobos' the first kickoff return for a score since Deon Long's 98-yarder against Sam Houston State on Sept. 24, 2011 ... earned a College Football Performance Award National Kickoff Returner of the Week honor for his run-back ...also recorded his first career rushing attempt, taking it six yards in the fourth quarter.
2011 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in 11 games on special teams and as a reserve fullback...finished with seven special teams tackles...made one catch for five yards at San Diego State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played both sides of the ball at San Pedro High School in San Pedro, Calif....he recorded 48 tackles (30 solo), 5 INTs, 3 PBU from his safety position as a senior...as a wide receiver, he had 21 catches for 363 yards and four TDs in his final prep season.
CLAYTON CAREER HIGHS