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New Mexico is hopeful that redshirt sophomore QB Tevaka Tuioti (concussion) will be healthy after the team emerges from its current bye week to play Liberty.

Tuioti (6'1/199) has not played since being knocked out on an option pitch against Wisconsin in Week 2. He subsequently sat out this past weekend's blowout win over New Mexico State. Sheriron Jones drew the start in that one, and would continue to start in Tuioti's place should the quarterback still not be ready for action after the bye. Concussions are notoriously difficult injuries to place an exact recovery timetable on.
Sep 18 - 2:53 PM

New Mexico redshirt senior RB Tyrone Owens rushed 30 times for 110 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 42-25 victory at New Mexico State.

Owens and Ahmari Davis were quite the one-two punch for the Lobos, combining for 51 attempts, 184 yards and five rushing scores. It made for an easy night for QB Sheriron Jones, as he simply needed to turn and put the ball into the belly of his tailbacks. The Lobos led the Mountain West Conference in rushing as recently as 2016, and they have had their share of outstanding tailbacks over the years in DonTrell Moore, Rodney Ferguson, Teriyon Gipson, etc. Owens and Davis might be one of the better tailback combos the Lobos, though. They'll try to keep it rolling against Liberty on Sept. 29.
Sep 16 - 1:54 AM

New Mexico junior RB Ahmari Davis rushed 21 times for 74 yards with four touchdowns in Saturday's 42-25 victory at New Mexico State.

Davis came up just short of the single-game record for UNM, as Richard McQuarley rushed for five scores in a game against Air Force last September. The junior from Oakland showed no signs of this type of performance over the first two contests, rushing just eight times for 42 yards. He'll look to carry over the momentum into the Homecoming Game on Sept. 29 against Liberty after the team's bye.
Sep 16 - 1:48 AM

New Mexico junior QB Sheriron Jones will get the start on Saturday against New Mexico State.

Jones gets the call with Tevaka Tuioti out with concussion-like symptoms. The junior quarterback took over for Tuioti against the Badgers late in the first half, and completed 9-of-16 passes for 79 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The former Tennessee four-star recruit has plenty of speed, so he could put up quality rushing numbers in the Lobos' spread attack. His accuracy and decision-making, however, leave much to be desired.
Sep 10 - 2:25 PM

New Mexico redshirt sophomore QB Tevaka Tuioti will not play on Saturday against New Mexico State due to concussion-like symptoms.

Tuioti missed most of the Wisconsin game after taking a big hit on an option pitch and went back to the locker room. The redshirt sophomore played well in the season opener against Incarnate Word, and he showed upside as a freshman in 2017 at times for the Lobos. With Tuioti out, New Mexico will start Sheriron Jones against New Mexico State on Saturday.
Sep 10 - 2:23 PM

New Mexico junior QB Sheriron Jones completed 9-of-16 passes for 79 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 45-14 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

Jones took over when Tevaka Tuioti left with an undisclosed injury, and while it wasn't a complete disaster, he wasn't terribly effective. He struggled with accuracy, and he made two costly turnovers that eliminated the (very) slim chance New Mexico had of pulling off the upset. His touchdown was a five-yard roll-out pass to Elijah Lilly that made it 31-14 Badgers late in the third quarter. If Tuioti can't go, Jones likely gets the start against New Mexico State next Saturday.
Sep 8 - 3:09 PM

New Mexico redshirt sophomore QB Tevaka Tuioti has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's game against Wisconsin.

Sheriron Jones will close out the game as the Lobos' QB. We haven't heard a status update on Tuioti. He left the game in the second quarter after taking a big hit on a pitch.
Sep 8 - 1:51 PM

New Mexico redshirt sophomore QB Tevaka Tuioti exited to the locker room in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Wisconsin.

Tuioti took a big shot on a pitch and appeared shaken. He left the field with trainers prior to halftime. Sheriron Jones has taken over and will close out the game if Tuioti is unable to return.
Sep 8 - 1:28 PM

New Mexico freshman TE Marcus Williams grabbed two passes for 43 yards for two touchdowns in a 62-30 victory over Incarnate Word on Saturday.

Williams is a greyshirt who enrolled late to the school, and he certainly had a solid debut. Quarterback Tevaka Tuioti connected with the 6-foot-3, 207-pound tight end, once from 10-yards out in the first and on a 33-yard score in the middle of the third that gave the Lobos a 48-16 lead. It's just one game, but it appears Tuioti might have a weapon in the middle. New Mexico faces Wisconsin next Saturday.
Sep 2 - 12:14 AM

New Mexico redshirt senior RB Tyrone Owens carried the ball 20 times for 58 yards with two scores in a 62-30 victory over Incarnate Word on Saturday.

Owens (5'9/187) didn't find a ton of room, but he made the most of his touches, and was able to find the end zone twice in the rout. The first score was a 6-yard plunge in the first, and he added a two-yard score to make it 41-16 in the top of the third quarter. Owens has been one of the few productive Lobos in the past two seasons, and he should be their leading rush again in 2018. He'll find tough sledding next Saturday against Wisconsin.
Sep 2 - 12:08 AM

New Mexico redshirt sophomore QB Tevaka Tuioti threw for four touchdown passes and 327 yards on 13-of-21 passing while running for 54 yards and a score in a 62-30 win over Incarnate Word on Saturday.

Tuioti was named the starter just ahead of the game against Incarnate Word, and he didn't do anything to give up the starting job. He found Marcus Williams for two of his scores, and he connected with Elijah Lilly and Patrick Reed for long touchdowns, too. This is vastly inferior competition, but it was still nice to see the sophomore signal-caller find some success. Don't expect anything close to this next Saturday when he faces Wisconsin.
Sep 2 - 12:04 AM

New Mexico redshirt senior RB Tyrone Owens (academics) is listed on the two-deep for Incarnate Word.

Owens (5'9/187) was focusing on his schoolwork in the spring and did not participate in spring practice, and it would appear that he's now up to speed in the classroom enough to return to football field without issues. Over the past two campaigns, he's rushed for a combined 1,867 yards. While Owens has returned to the team in earnest, the starting job is not his outright at least on the depth chart, which lists him slashed with Daevon Vigilant as a co-starter.
Aug 28 - 5:06 PM

New Mexico redshirt sophomore QB Tevaka Tuioti was named the starter for Saturday's contest with Incarnate Word.

Tuioti was battling with Colin Gerhart and Sheriron Jones, but Jones is battling injuries, and Gerhart will serve as the backup to Tuioti. None of these options are particularly appealing, and Jones offers the most upside of the three. Tuioti had a few moments of competency for the Lobos in 2017, but he'll need to be more consistent if he's going to keep the job all season.
Aug 27 - 12:41 PM

New Mexico junior QB Sheriron Jones is dealing with a hamstring injury, and not expected to be the starter for the season opener against Incarnate Ward.

Jones will likely give way to either Tevaka Tuioti or Coltin Gerhart to start against the FCS club. That doesn't mean that Jones can't earn the job later, as the former Tennessee quarterback is the most talented signal-caller on the roster. Because of his speed, he should get a chance to play for the Lobos one way or another during the season. It just won't likely be in week one.
Aug 20 - 3:57 PM

New Mexico AD Eddie Nunez said that the athletic department is "talking about football internally" in terms of potential budget cuts.

The Lobos just cut a quartet of sports -- beach volleyball, men's and women's skiing and men's soccer -- in an effort to save money. Football is not on the chopping block, but it's feeling the budgetary heat regardless, with amenities such as hotels before home games and perhaps some student meals set to potentially be scaled back or vaporized altogether. The athletic department could also potentially reign in funds allotted for recruiting trips.
Jul 21 - 1:12 PM


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