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Eight Lobos Earn Postseason MW Honors

by Frank Mercogliano

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Aaron Rodriguez, Christian Washington and A.J. Haulcy all earned Second Team All-Mountain West honors, and overall eight Lobos earned postseason honors as the Mountain West announced the official postseason teams.  For New Mexico, the eight total honorees tied for the most for the program since UNM had 10 honorees in 2012.  Jerrick Reed II, Donte Martin, Cody Moon, J.C. Davis and Reco Hannah all were named Honorable Mention.

Air Force running back Brad Roberts was named the Offensive Player of the Year while San Jose State defensive lineman Viliami Fehoko was the Defensive Player of the Year.  Jack Browning, who punts and kicks for San Diego State was the Special Teams Player of the Year, and Boise State had both the Coach of the Year in Andy Avalos and the Freshman of the Year in Taylen Green.

Overall, the three honorees on the Second Team are the most for UNM since 2016 when UNM had no First Team picks but four Second Team picks.  That year UNM also had eight total honorees.  Of the eight honorees this season, six are slated to return in 2023.

New Mexico for the second straight year didn’t get a freshman of the year, and for the second straight year it was partially because there were a lot of options for freshman from UNM.  No freshmen were named to the First Team and only three were named to the Second Team, with two Lobos, Haucly and Washington, among the three (Ike Larsen of Utah State was the other).









Haulcy, who led all true freshmen nationally in tackles (he finished the regular season second among all freshmen) was the lone position player to earn Second Team All-Conference.  Haulcy, who recorded 24 tackles against Fresno State, the most by a player in an FBS game in four seasons, finished the year with 87 total tackles, 3.0 TFLs for 10 yards, two interceptions, three breakups, a hurry, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

His 24 tackles were the most by a Lobo since 2016, and the last time a player in the FBS recorded more than 24 tackles against a non-option team was in 2007.  Haulcy, who only played eight plays on defense over the first two games of the season, was pressed into action in game three when Tavian Combs went down for the season.  He intercepted a pass in that game and then on the third play of the second half, with UNM ahead 20-3, UTEP connected on what looked to be a 77-yard touchdown pass, but Haulcy sprinted downfield, and forced a fumble at the 1-yard line that hit the pylon for a touchback.  He twice earned Mountain West Freshman of the Week honors.

UNM’s other freshman to earn a spot on the second team was kick returned Christian Washington.  The speedy running back from San Diego, Washington averaged a league-leading 26.7 yards per return on 16 returns.  He was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Week after setting up two scores against Boise State, one on a 31-yard return and then the other with a 100-yard kickoff return.  His long 63-yard return against Wyoming set up an early first quarter touchdown, and he added 326 yards on the ground in 2022.  He led UNM with 813 all-purpose yards.

Aaron Rodriguez was UNM’s third Second Team selection.  He finished the year with the exact same amount of punts, 81, as a year ago, and he raised his average this year to 44.2, good for third in the league.  A three-time Ray’s 8 honoree, Rodriguez netted 40.5 yards per punt, second in the league, and his 23 punts inside the 20 were also tied for second in the league. For the second straight year, Rodriguez’ punted more times than any other punter in the FBS.









For UNM’s five players that earned honorable mention, four play on defense.  Cody Moon became the first Lobo in eighth years to record over 100 tackles.  The two-time Burlsworth Trophy nominee finished with 105 tackles on the year, bcoming a starter partway through the season.  Jerrick Reed II finished the year with a team-best 11 pass breakups, and he finished his career in the Lobo top 10 with 22, good for ninth overall.  Donte Martin had six PBUs and can return for a COVID super senior season, which could mean that he breaks the career PBU record at UNM, as he has 25 in his career.  He is six away from tying Glover Quin, who had 31 in his career.


Reco Hannah was a Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week after his pick-six opened the scoring against UTEP as he was one of two Lobos to start all 12 games on defense (Reed was the other).  J.C. Davis was UNM’s top offensive lineman, anchoring the blind side for UNM’s quarterbacks.

Offensive Player of the Year: Brad Roberts, Air Force
Defensive Player of the Year: Viliami Fehoko, San Jose State
Special Teams Player of the Year: Jack Browning, San Diego State
Freshman of the Year: Taylen Green, Boise State
Coach of the Year: Andy Avalos, Boise State

2022 All-Mountain West First Team
QB Jake Haener Sr. Fresno State
WR Tory Horton Jr. Colorado State
WR Jalen Moreno-Cropper Sr. Fresno State
WR Elijah Cooks Sr. San Jose State
RB Brad Roberts* Sr. Air Force
RB Jordan Mims Sr. Fresno State
TE Caleb Phillips Sr. Hawai’i
OL Isaac Cochran Sr. Air Force
OL John Ojukwu* Sr. Boise State
OL Ilm Manning Sr. Hawai’i
OL Alama Uluave Sr. San Diego State
OL Alfred Edwards Sr. Utah State
PK John Hoyland So. Wyoming
KR Jordan Byrd* Sr. San Diego State
DL David Perales Sr. Fresno State
DL Jonah Tavai Sr. San Diego State
DL Villami Fehoko** Sr. San Jose State
DL Cade Hall* Sr. San Jose State
LB Caden McDonald** Sr. San Diego State
LB Kyle Harmon** Sr. San Jose State
LB Austin Ajiake Sr. UNLV
LB Easton Gibbs Sr. Wyoming
DB JL Skinner Sr. Boise State
DB Jack Howell So. Colorado State
DB Bentlee Sanders Sr. Nevada
DB Patrick McMorris* Sr. San Diego State
P Jack Browning Sr. San Diego State
PR Jordan Byrd Sr. San Diego State
2022 All-Mountain West Second Team
QB Chevan Cordeiro Jr. San Jose State
WR Nikko Remigio Sr. Fresno State
WR Tyrell Shavers Sr. San Diego State
WR Brian Cobbs Sr. Utah State
RB George Holani Jr. Boise State
RB Calvin Tyler, Jr. Sr. Utah State
TE Mark Redman Jr. San Diego State
OL Everett Smalley Jr. Air Force
OL Cade Beresford Sr. Boise State
OL Bula Schmidt Sr. Fresno State
OL Micah Vanterpool Sr. Hawai’i
OL Cade Bennett So. San Diego State
PK Daniel Gutierrez Sr. UNLV
KR Christian Washington Fr. New Mexico
DL Scott Matlock* Sr. Boise State
DL Mohamed Kamara Sr. Colorado State
DL Dom Peterson Sr. Nevada
DL Adam Plant, Jr. Sr. UNLV
LB Vince Sanford* Sr. Air Force
LB Ezekiel Noa Sr. Boise State
LB DJ Schramm Sr. Boise State
LB Michael Shawcroft Sr. San Diego State
DB Trey Taylor Jr. Air Force
DB Evan Williams Sr. Fresno State
DB A.J. Haulcy Fr. New Mexico
DB Ike Larsen Fr. Utah State
P Aaron Rodriguez Jr. New Mexico
PR Nikko Remigio Sr. Fresno State

*Two-Time Second-Team Selection | ** Three-Time Second-Team Selection

2022 Honorable Mention
Air Force: Haaziq Daniels, QB; TD Blackmon, LB; Camby Goff, S; Matthew Dapore, PK; David Cormier, WR
Boise State: Jonah Dalmas, PK; Taylen Green, QB; Caleb Biggers, CB; Ashton Jeanty, RB; Tyreque Jones, DB
Colorado State: Tory Horton, PR; Jacob Gardner, OL; CJ Onyechi, DL; Dequan Jackson, LB; Chigozie Anusiem, DB
Fresno State: Levelle Bailey, LB; Jacob Spomer, OL; Raymond Pauwels, Jr., TE; Malachi Langley, LB; Mose Vavao, OL
Hawai‘i: Blessman Ta‘ala, DL; Dedrick Parson, RB; John Tuitupou, DL; Tylan Hines, RB; Peter Manuma, S
Nevada: Toa Taua, RB; Drue Watts, LB; Tyson Williams, DB; Grant Starck, OL; B.J. Casteel, WR
New Mexico: Jerrick Reed, S; Cody Moon, LB; J.C. Davis, OL; Reco Hannah, LB; Donte Martin, CB
San Diego State: Jalen Mayden, QB; Jesse Matthews, WR; Keshawn Banks, DE; Dez Malone, CB; Dallas Branch, CB
San José State: Tre Jenkins, S; Dominick Mazotti, TE; Justin Lockhart, WR; Chase Williams, DB; Nehemiah Shelton, CB
UNLV: Eliel Ehimare, DL; Aidan Robbins, RB; Nohl Williams, DB; Doug Brumfield, QB; Leif Fautanu, OL
Utah State: Hunter Reynolds, S; Chandler Dolphin, OL; Daniel Grzesiak, DE; MJ Tafisi, LB, Terrell Vaughn, WR
Wyoming: Clayton Stewart, P; DeVonne Harris, DE; Treyton Welch, TE; Cam Stone, CB; Andrew Peasley, QB