ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico’s football team, which finished 1-7 in the Mountain West Conference Mountain Division, has been picked to finish last out of six teams by the media during the MWC media days in Las Vegas.
The Lobos went 3-9 last season and have endured a tumultuous off-season that has seen their head coach Bob Davie take on a 30-day suspension after in-house investigations ruled him of misconduct. There were allegations he engaged in racist comments, among other infractions.
Davie also dealt with personal loss. His father died in April.
Boise State, last season’s champion, was picked to finish first in media preseason poll, followed by Wyoming, Colorado State, Utah State and Air Force.
Aaron Jenkins, a 6-foot-2, 307-pound senior offensive lineman, was the lone Lobo to make a Preseason All-Mountain West Conference Team. There were no Lobos on defense.
Fresno State was picked to finish first in the West Division, followed by San Diego State, UNLV, Nevada, Hawaii and San Jose State.
Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien and Wyoming defensive back Andrew Wingard have been picked as the Preseason Players of the Year.