Five New Mexico football players to watch when UNLV visits the Lobos at 6:30 p.m. Friday:
1. Running back Tyrone Owens, junior. Has rushed for 579 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Even more will be asked with second-leading rusher Richard McQuarley out with a leg injury, according to the Albuquerque (New Mexico) Journal.
New Mexico running back Tyrone Owens (25) carries past the defense of Colorado State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
2. Safety Jake Rothschiller, senior. Leads the Lobos with five tackles for loss, and has recorded 53 tackles overall. Was named Mountain West defensive player of the week for his play against Abilene Christian, recording eight tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a 91-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Texas A&M running back Jabob Kibodi (23) is tackled by New Mexico Lobos nickelback Jake Rothschiller (28) during the fourth quarter at Kyle Field in College Station, TX., on Nov. 11, 2017. (C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports)
3. Quarterback Lamar Jordan, senior. Has the veteran leadership to execute the triple option against a UNLV defense that has a history of struggling against that type of defense. Jordan has rushed for 228 yards on 3.6 per carry, and has passed for 593 yards and three touchdowns.
New Mexico quarterback Lamar Jordan (13) eludes Utah State linebacker Kevin Meitzenheimer during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
4. Cornerback D’Angelo Ross, junior. Tied for fourth in the Mountain West with 10 passes defended. All have been pass breakups.
Texas A&M wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon (2) evades New Meixco Lobos linebacker D’Angelo Ross (3) and runs into the end zone during the first quarter at Kyle Field in College Station, TX., on Nov. 11, 2017. (C. Morgan Engel-USA TODAY Sports)
5. Punter Corey Bojorquez, senior. Is first in the conference with 47.3 yards per punt, with 25 being 50-plus yards, which also leads the Mountain West.
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