2018 College Football Team Previews: New Mexico Lobos

New Mexico Lobos
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Coach: Bob Davie (30-45 @ UNM, 65-70 overall) 7th Season
Stadium: Dreamstyle Stadium (Capacity: 39,224)

CSJ Projections:
10th: Mountain West (6th Mountain Division)
2nd: New Mexico
114th: FBS
141st: Division I

2017 In A Sentence: The Lobos began 2017 with three wins in five games, and then lost on at the last-minute to in-state rival NMSU that spurred the team to lose in total its last seven contests to finish just 3-9 overall.

Biggest Shoes to Fill: P Corey Bojorquez set school records for single season average at 47.3 yards per punt and career average at 45.1 yards per punt in being named the Lobos only All-MWC first team performer.  Additionally, he was the first Lobo punter to be named a Ray Guy Award semifinalist.

Courtesy of Albuquerque Journal

Key Player: RB Tyrone Owens saw a setback in production last year but still had a team-leading 770 yards and four scores.  He showed off his upside two years ago with 1,097 yards and seven touchdowns and averaged over eight yards per carry. He will need to get back to the 2016 form to help the UNM offense.

Fearless Prediction: The off-season has been tremulous to put in mildly for New Mexico.   Following an investigation of Coach Davie brought on by accusations from a few former players,  then-school president Chaouki Abdallah sent a letter to Davie detailing allegations. It all led to a month-long suspension this off-season but Davie is back in charge at the start of the 2018 season.  With this  and coming off just a three-win season, expectations for this season for the Lobos are small to be much better than the 2017 team.

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