New Mexico Lobos 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 7-6
New Mexico Lobos 2016 Preview
Bob Davies and the New Mexico Lobos shoot for back to back Bowl appearances in 2016.
Overview: Winning football and Bowls are not generally associated with New Mexico football so we’ll see if 2015 was just a ‘one hit wonder’ or if the Lobos can get it done once again behind an experienced defense.
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Offense: The Lobos will likely use two quarterbacks once again with Lamar Jordan throwing for 1,045 yards and adding 888 rushing yards at over six yards per touch while Austin Apodaca threw for 723 yards and was a zero threat on the ground. The run heavy Lobos get back leading rusher Teriyon Gipson (150-855) but lose three starters along the offensive line although five return with starting experience. Dameon Gamblin is back after leading New Mexico with 35 catches for 418 yards with Delane Hart-Johnson snagging eleven balls for 327 yards while former signal caller Cole Gautsche tries his hand at tight end.
Defense :If experience means anything the Lobos front seven is in better then good shape. UNM gets back their top six defensive linemen with end Nik D’Avanzo recording twice as many tackles as anyone on the line (43.5) along with 8.5 TFL. The New Mexico linebacking unit is loaded as well with four of their top five returning that combined for 36 TFL and 17 sacks, led by the threesome of Dakota Cox, Kimmie Carson and Maurice Daniels. Lee Crosby and safety Daniel Henry lead a secondary that either came up with a big play or were hit by one and when they were hit it was significant.
Condolences to the family and friends of Markel Byrd who tragically lost his life in a car accident.
Special Teams: Corey Bojorquez appears to have the inside track for punter while Jason Sanders will handle all kicking duties with his huge leg. Returner Carlos Wiggins is gone and his departure leaves a big void on special teams.
Outlook: If New Mexico can take care of business against the weaker teams and perhaps pull an upset here or there, don’t be surprised to see a Bowl eligible squad at season’s end.
9/3 South Dakota
9/10 @ New Mexico State
9/17 @ Rutgers
10/1 San Jose State
10/8 Boise State
10/15 Air Force
10/22 UL Monroe
10/29 @ Hawaii
11/12 @ Utah State
11/19 @ Colorado State