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New Mexico OL coach Jason Lenzmeier resigned from his post.

Per a statement from HC Bob Davie, Lenzmeier will be heading into the private sector, as he would like to spend more time with his family. "We appreciate all that he has done for New Mexico Football and wish he and his family well," Davie said. Lenzmeier has now played out two stints with the Lobos. He initially served as OL coach from 2006-2008, then accepted the same position with New Mexico State in 2009. He stuck there until 2011, when Bob Davie was hired as New Mexico's head coach. Davie made Lenzmeier his first staff hire, a sign of the respect he has for the 35-year-old.
Jul 8 - 2:02 PM

Vikings signed New Mexico RB Jhurell Pressley.

Pressley (5'10/206) was a human highlight reel in New Mexico's ground attack, wrapping his career with a 394/2,725/35 rushing line on an absurd 6.92 yards per carry. Snubbed by the Combine, Pressley put his speed on display at his Pro Day, clocking 4.4-flat and pumping 25 bench-press reps. Pressley played in an option offense at New Mexico and only had 18 career catches, but he's an intriguing flyer based on his big-play running ability.
May 1 - 1:46 AM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt sees New Mexico RB Jhurell Pressley as a potential sixth-round selection.

"[During his Pro Day, Pressley] showed outstanding speed (his 40 time would have been the second-best mark at the combine among RBs), quickness and strength," Brandt wrote, adding, "I wouldn't be surprised if some team grabbed him in the sixth round." While the 5-foot-10, 206-pound back blazed his way through the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and 4.41 seconds during his early March Pro Day, only two NFL teams actually sent representatives to the event. Those two clubs were the Cardinals and Panthers -- both teams were among the more attentive squads in making the Pro Day rounds and meeting with prospects over the last month.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 2:43 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein expressed dismay at the lack of attention given to New Mexico RB Jhurell Pressley, writing, "It's hard for me to fathom why Pressley is getting very little attention -- even from some teams I've spoken with."

"One would think that an average of 7.8 yards per carry might get a team's attention," Zierlein scoffed, "but some teams might be turned off by the fact that part of the Lobos' offense revolves around an option attack." The 5-foot-10, 206-pounder rushed for 907 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in 2015. He averaged a stupid 9.5 YPC as a redshirt junior the year before. In Zierlein's eyes "Pressley has tremendous juice around the corner and is a competitive runner with good footwork and vision." With just 18 catches under his collegiate belt, he'll have to improve that aspect of his game if he truly wants to make a dent as a change-of-pace third-down back. Zierlein doesn't see that progression as an issue.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 6:36 PM

New Mexico RB coach Apollo Wright was arrested under suspicion of driving while under the influence.

No specific details have emerged to this point, but Wright told HC Bob Davie of his arrest on Thursday. Davie subsequently released a statement, saying, "Last night one of our assistant football coaches Apollo Wright informed me that he had been arrested for a DUI. This is obviously disappointing and a very serious matter. I will continue to evaluate this as it unfolds." Wright has been coaching up the Lobos' running game since 2013. We'll update this story as information becomes available.
Mar 13 - 12:20 PM

New Mexico RB Jhurell Pressley accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Pressley will be one of the more prolific names to play in the annual draft showcase, having scored 35 touchdowns for his career. Over the course of the 2015 campaign, the 5-foot-10, 203-pound redshirt senior rushed for 907 yards (6.2 YPC) and 11 touchdowns. That per carry average is shiny, but even shinier is the 9.5 YPC mark that he notched in 2014.
Jan 17 - 4:41 PM

New Mexico signed HC Bob Davie to a two-year extension.

Davie was already under contract through the 2019 season prior to the extension. Make that 2021, now. He'll also receive a $50,000 bump in annual salary starting July 1. That'll bring his annual number to $422,690. This past season, the Lobos finished 7-6. This might seem relatively unspectacular, but it's their first winning season since 2007. In a statement, Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs said, "Under the leadership of Coach Davie, our football program has transformed both on and off the field. We have a healthy future for our program, and I’m excited to have Coach Davie lead us."
Jan 11 - 6:37 PM

New Mexico sophomore S Markel Byrd was killed in a single-car accident on Tuesday.

Driving home for the holidays with his girlfriend, the car Byrd was driving suffered a blowout. He and his girlfriend were ejected from the vehicle. Byrd died immediately while his girlfriend is currently listed in critical condition. "This is an absolute tragedy. Markel Byrd was an outstanding person and student-athlete and we will miss him," New Mexico head coach Bob Davie said in the statement. "I was with the family late Tuesday night and obviously they are devastated. Our thoughts and prayers go to them. Markel will forever be a member of our family." Byrd tied for the Lobos lead in interceptions with three this year.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 03:40:00 PM

New Mexico redshirt senior RB Jhurell Pressley rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in Saturday's 47-35 win over Air Force.

Fantastic work by Pressley, who averaged a mouthwatering 10 YPC in the win. He's posted yardage efforts of 100-plus in two of his last three games while scoring six touchdowns across that span. The 5-foot-10, 203-pound redshirt senior has racked up 846 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for the 2015 campaign.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 08:46:00 PM

New Mexico redshirt senior RB Jhurell Pressley rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in Saturday's 31-24 win over Boise State.

Pressley had the chunk yardage going against the Broncos on Saturday, ripping off a 74-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 40-yard (non-scoring) run in the second quarter. The 5-foot-10, 203-pound redshirt senior's other seven rushes netted him just 18 yards. For the season, Pressley's rushed for 601 yards and six touchdowns. Saturday's contest marked his second game of at least 100 yards rushing. Given the lack of consistent production, he should be considered a deep DFS option at best.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 05:17:00 PM

New Mexico reinstated RB Crusoe Gongbay and CB SaQwan Edwards.

Lobos athletic director Paul Krebs confirmed the news. Gongbay and Edwards saw rape and kidnapping charges dismissed in June, but the DA retained the possibility that they could be refiled. The Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office recently chose to drop the case, allowing Gongbay and Edwards to return to the team. Gongbay, previously slated to be the Lobos’ starting running back as a senior, had a career-high 592 rushing yards with six touchdowns as a junior last season.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:55:00 AM

Former New Mexico WR Chase Clayton's "length and athleticism are enough to warrant investigation but he's unlikely to be drafted" in Thursday's supplemental draft, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Clayton was academically ineligible in 2013. He earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West honors as a sophomore in 2012 by averaging 30.4 yards per kickoff return, ranking No. 5 in the nation. "He signed with New Mexico as a defensive back but his agility and vision pushed him to the offensive side of the ball, where he saw time at fullback and running back in the Lobos' pistol option offense," Rang wrote. NFL.com also predicts Clayton (6-foot-3, 202 pounds) won't get taken.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 05:41:00 PM

The Albuquerque Journal has reported that New Mexico RB Crusoe Gongbay has been charged with two counts each of second-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count each of kidnapping.

Gongbay was suspended indefinitely from the team after the 20-year-old turned himself in to the police on the charges. At the moment, there is also a third suspect that may also be tied to the incident. Gongbay is currently jailed in lieu a $50,000, while the second suspect is being held on a $100,000 bond. New Mexico head coach Bob Davie released the following statement: 'We are aware of the allegations involving Crusoe Gongbay. Due to the obvious serious nature of these charges, he has been suspended indefinitely from our football team. Once this process is complete and all the details have emerged, we will handle the outcome appropriately. As this is an ongoing situation, we will not be able to comment any further at this time." Gongbay, who was slated to be the Lobos’ starting running back as a senior, had a career-high 592 rushing yards with six touchdowns as a junior last season.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 04:42:00 PM

New Mexico redshirt senior C Dillon Farrell accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Farrell, a team captain, was named to the Rimington Award preseason watch list, an honor given annually to the best center in college football. The senior led an offensive line that helped the Lobos rank seventh nationally in rushing yards per game (308.8). Farrell has experience at both center and tackle. While his best bet to earn an NFL roster spot is likely at center, the versatility will help his cause.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 04:50:00 PM

New Mexico senior TE Lucas Reed has been invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

Statistically speaking, Reed had his worst collegiate season in 2012, catching five passes for 37 yards. Most importantly, the tight end has the frame that will intrigue evaluators and possibly land him a draftable grade if he impresses during the process.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 10:06:00 AM


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