Countdown To Kickoff - New Mexico


By W.G. Ramirez, Special to


  • Predicted Finish - Fifth in the Mountain Division
  • Retuning/Lost Lettermen - 49/19
  • Returning/Lost Starters - 13/11
  • Key Returner - Junior WR/RS Carlos Wiggins

The Skinny - With one of the better rushing attacks in the nation, the Lobos are hoping they can shore things up on defense for balance on both sides of the ball. New Mexico had the fourth-best rushing game in the country in 2013, an attack that gained better than 300 yards per game. The defense though ranked 119th in allowing 516.6 yards per game. Coach Bob Davie is hoping linebacker Dakota Cox can spearhead a turnaround with the Lobos' stop unit.

Says Cox, on the team's mental game heading into the season - "Going into camp with our team, the players we've become so close to, and with this coaching staff - we have a solid base where we have something we've worked on for so long and plan on building on."

For a complete preview, watch New Mexico's "Countdown to Kickoff" preview video below: