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PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Local college players


August 22, 2009

Freedom New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University

• Joshua Bryan, CB, 5-10, 153, Fr., Clovis

Notes: Set the Clovis school record with 10 INTs last season while earning honorable mention all-state as a defensive back ... Majoring in radiology.

• Derek Dimitroff, LB, 6-0, 230, Sr., Fort Sumner

Notes: Recorded 53 tackles in 11 games last season … played two years at New Mexico Military Institute. ... All-state quarterback and linebacker at Fort Sumner …. state champion javelin thrower … Majoring in education.

• Ethan Grubbs, DL, 6-1, 255, Fr., Portales

Notes: Earned first-team all-state honors for the Class 3A state champions in 2008. Also qualified for the state track meet in throwing events.

• Stefan Mills, RB, 5-11, 185, Fr., Clovis

Notes: Rushed from more than 1,200 yards last season for the Wildcats. Played defensive back as a sophomore and junior. Was the district player of the year as a senior ... Majoring in mathematics.

• Joshua Moore, 6-0, 160, Fr., Dora

Notes: Earned fall-district honors at quarterback and cornerback at Dora High School ... Also participated in baseball, basketball and track ... Majoring in physical education.

• Mark Rivera, LB, 5-8, 195, Fr., Texico

Notes: Earned all-state honors as a linebacker and offensive guard for the Class 2A state champion Wolverines ... Also played on the school’s state championship basketball team ... Majoring in Spanish at ENMU.

• Morris Sharp, DE, Fr., 5-10, 180, Clovis

Notes: Set the Clovis school record with seven sacks last season.

• Berry Stinnett, WR, 6-1, 184, Fr., Fort Sumner

Notes: Part of four Class 1A football state title teams at Fort Sumner. Earned all-state honors at defensive back, quarterback and linebacker (2008) ... Helped the Foxes win state titles in football, basketball and track as a senior.

• Devin Sweet, OLB, 6-3, 205, Sr., Clovis

Notes: Sweet recorded 36 tackles and three sacks in 11 games last season. ... was an all-district safety and quarterback at Clovis, throwing 13 TDs in 2005 while leading the Wildcats to the state title game ... Majoring in physical education.

• Monte (Lane) Ward, OLB, Fr., 5-10, 190, Clovis

Notes: All-state linebacker at Clovis in 2008 .... Set school record for tackles in a season with 137. ... Voted Wildcats’ most valuable player as a senior ... Majoring in biology.

• Benjamin White, C, 6-2, 286, So., Tucumcari

Notes: Played one year at New Mexico Military Institute ... Also played baseball and participated in track at Texico ... Majoring in physical education.

• Lane Wood, LB, Fr., 5-11, 185, Muleshoe

Notes: Earned Class 2A state most valuable defensive player award (153 tackles) as a LB as a senior while helping Muleshoe to its first state title in school history. Also a second-team all-state running back ... Cousin of freshman QB Wes Wood.

• Wesley Wood, QB, 6-1, 155, Fr., Muleshoe

Notes: Quarterbacked Muleshoe to a 15-0 record and the Class 2A Division I state championship ... Threw for 4,550 yards and a Panhandle-record 64 TDs and was named the Class 2A offensive most valuable player ... son of Muleshoe head coach David Wood and cousin of fellow ENMU freshman recruit Lane Wood.


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