NEW MEXICO:Former walk-on who developed into the team's most versatile, tough, and prolific players on defense...made a name for himself as one of the top defensive backs in the Mountain West Conference in 2008 when he played the LB/S hybrid lobo position in the team's former 3-3-5 scheme...moved to outside linebacker as a senior in the team's new 4-3 system...a sure tackler who had a reputation for his big hits, including a legendary blast of New Mexico State's standout TE Nick Cleaver that led to a game-changing INT in the Lobos' 2007 victory...finished with 249 career tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, in 45 games (29 starts)...had 9 games with 10+ tackles - all in his final two seasons...also had 14 career pass break-ups and an interception...missed 2009 spring practice while recovering from a pair of offseason operations to repair torn cartilage is his knee...played most of the `08 season with the injury, frequently requiring painful procedures to drain fluid from the joint, but never missed a game...made huge strides since walkin on in the fall of 2005, getting bigger, stronger and developing into a high-motor, assignment sound player...added over 50 pounds to his frame after joining the program, bulking up to 227 pounds without sacrificing any speed or coverage skills...tremendous strength in the weight room, setting a defensive back record in 2008 with a power clean of 374 pounds...four-time Academic All-MWC honoree who graduated with a degree in Business Administration in December of `09.
2009 (SENIOR): Ranked 2nd on the team and 9th in the MWC with 94 tackles (45 solo) in his first 12 games (10 starts) at linebacker...4 games with 10+ tackles this fall...3.5 tackles for loss (1 solo, 5 assisted), 6 QB hurries/hits, and 2 fumble recoveries...Lobos' defensive player of the game in week 6 at Wyoming (8 tackles) and team captain in the season opener...voted Most Valuable New Mexico Player by his teammates at the postseason awards banquet...Academic All-MWC honoree as well.
at No. 14 Utah...A bright spot defensively with 10 more tackles (0 missed)...assisted on a TFL and beat 3 Utah players to recover a wild snap that set up the Lobos' 4th quarter TD...played virtually the entire game despite missing the final 3 days of practice due to painful back spasms.
at San Diego State...Strong effort with 7 solo tackles, including 1 for loss, with none missed...also had a QB hit to force an incompletion.
vs. UNLV...Got in on a season-high 12 tackles (defense & special teams) with none missed.
vs. New Mexico State...10 stops (6 solo) and got in on a TFL to help limit the Aggies to a 2.2-yard average on their 56 rushing attempts...several sure tackles in the open field and did a nice job in sideline-to-sideline pursuit.
vs. Tulsa...7 tackles, including one in the backfield, and ran down elusive QB G.J. Kinne to force an incompletion in the red zone...sprinted past the Tulsa offense and escorted fellow LB Tray Hardaway down the field on a 92-yard fumble return for a TD.
at Texas A&M...10 tackles in his first game at linebacker...got in on a TFL and had a pair of QB hurries/hits off the blitz as well.
2008 (JUNIOR): Was tremendous throughout the year (12 games, 11 starts), despite playing the final 9 games (no bye week) with torn cartilage in his knee...led the team (5th MWC) with an average of 8.6 tackles/game (career-high 103 total - 3rd MWC)...5 games with double-digit tackle totals...missed just 5 open field tackles all year, including 3 in the final 10 games...71 of his stops came in run support...he was the only player among the MWC's top-10 tacklers who was part of a nationally ranked top-40 rushing defense and one of only 3 that were members of a top-50 total defense...also had a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss (3 solo, 3 assist), forced a fumble, and was 2nd on the team (T-3rd MWC) with a career-high 9 pass break-ups...recorded his first career interception...10 passes defended were the most of any of the MWC's top-10 tacklers and 6 more than the nearest player...just 2 long passes (15+ yards) allowed all year in man coverage...9 QB hurries/hits off the blitz.
`08 HIGHLIGHTS: at Colorado State...7 tackles, including a 5-yard tackle for loss on 1st and goal from the UNM 7 that helped hold the Rams to a FG...5 of his tackles were for gains of 2 yards or less...recorded his first career INT in the end zone, allowing the Lobos to tie the game on their ensuing possession...vs. No. 9 Utah...11 stops (8 solo) with none missed in a team-high 74 snaps...also had 2 QB hurries to help hold the MWC's top scoring offense 26 points under its average...at Air Force...All over the field, recording a career-high 15 tackles (7 solo) and assisting on a TFL...helped the Lobo defense hold the Falcons to just 228 yards on the night - 164 under their season average...also had his first career fumble recovery to set-up a TD...vs. San Diego State...Led the team with 7 tackles, including 6 solo stops, and tallied a career-high 3 pass break-ups in just 3 quarters of work...also notched 2 QB hurries blitzing off the edge...helped the secondary limit SDSU to 161 yards passing - 79 under their season average...sat out the 4th quarter of the Lobos' blowout victory...at No. 8 BYU...Team-high 8 stops and had 2 pass break-ups to help the Lobos hold one of the nation's top passing offenses 75 yards under its average...didn't allow any long passes...vs. Wyoming...Got in on 10 tackles, including a TFL, with none missed in 54 snaps...thrown at 3 times in man coverage, but didn't allow a single completion...effort helped limit UW to just 201 yards of offense, including 71 in the air...at Tulsa...8 tackles (0 missed), including 1 for loss, and 2 pass break-ups...big hit on QB David Johnson, blitzing off the edge...vs. Arizona...Sensational performance in the Lobos' upset win over the Wildcats...game-high 13 tackles (9 solo, 0 missed), including a career-high 2.0 for loss...4 stops for a yard or less...had several hard-hitting form tackles in the open field...jarred the ball out of RB Nic Grisby's hands on the 1st play of the 2nd half to set up a TD...also broke up a 3rd-and-10 pass...led a stellar defensive effort that held the Wildcats 28 points and 99 yards under their season average...the `Cats also had just 67 yards rushing - 142 under their average entering the night...vs. Texas A&M...6 tackles and made his presence felt with 3 QB hurries/hits...got in several big shots to force incompletions...vs. TCU...10 tackles (5 solo) and provided tight coverage as well...was thrown at twice and didn't allow any long passes.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Was enjoying a breakthrough season at Lobo (free) safety, leading the team in tackles through 8 games before suffering a neck injury late vs. Air Force...was forced him to miss the final 4 regular season games (TCU, CSU, Utah, UNLV) before returning in the New Mexico Bowl...tallied 46 tackles (14 solo) in the first 8 starts of his career and finished with 50 stops in 9 games...31 of his tackles came against running plays...showed the ability to be an intimidating force in the secondary with several jarring hits to break up passes and did a great job of ball pursuit...finished with 4 PBUs and 1.5 TFLs.
`07 HIGHLIGHTS: at Wyoming...7 tackles and broke up a 4th down pass in Lobo territory in the 4th quarter to help the defense shut down Wyoming...excellent run support to help shut down the vaunted Cowboy rushing attack...UW finished with season-lows of 3 points and 248 yards, including just 48 rushing - 134 under its season average...vs. BYU...6 tackles, including a TFL, and did a solid job in coverage as well, helping the Lobo secondary limit QB Max Hall to 251 yards on 18-40 passing (45%)...vs. Sacramento State...6 tackles (4 solo), a 3-yard TFL and a QB hurry...helped the defense record its first shutout in 5 years, while allowing just 104 yards of offense, including a mere 27 passing...at Arizona...6 stops and broke up a pass after causing the Wildcat receiver to short arm a ball down the sideline...vs. New Mexico State...9 tackles and made the momentum changing play of the game deep in UNM territory midway through the fourth quarter to help secure the victory...blasted the Aggies' standout TE Nick Cleaver on a deep ball down the middle that ricocheted to teammate Frankie Solomon for an INT...UNM kicked a FG on the ensuing posession to put the game effectively out of reach...at UTEP...Just 2 tackles, but made his presence felt in his first career start...set the tone early with a punishing hit on a WR to force an incompletion and delivered another big pop on the Miner RB later in the game...tight coverage throughout the night to help the secondary limit UTEP to 81 passing yards and a 32% completion rate.
2006 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in 12 games, primarily on special teams...finished with a pair of tackles.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2005 graduate of Albuquerque La Cueva HS...all-state and all-metro safety as a senior for the back-to-back 5A champions...helped the Bears go 26-0 during the 2003 and `04 seasons...played for head coach Fred Romero...also an all-district pick at wide receiver...also lettered in wrestling and track and field.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 22, 1986, in Albuquerque...age is 22...full name is Clint John McPeek...son of Eugene and Laurie...has an older brother, Luke (23) and younger sister, Maddie (20)...majoring in Business Administration.