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An Opportunity For Calzada? New Mexico Defensive Players To Watch vs. Texas A&M

New Mexico visits Kyle Field for only the fourth time ever and comes with very little intimidation factor.
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The Texas A&M Aggies will continue their 2021 non-conference schedule at Kyle Field against the New Mexico Lobos in week three.

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The Lobos are looking to turn things around from a forgettable 2020.

Without being able to practice or play in the state last year due to COVID-19 (UNM relocated to Las Vegas for the season), Rocky Long's 3-3-5 defense was lost on the defense, which showed in the standings. UNM ranked 10th in the 12-team Mountain West.

There really were no bright spots on the defensive side of the ball last season, as the defense allowed 32.6 points per game, good for 89th nationally. The run defense struggled as well, allowing 164.1 yards per game, 64th in the country, while the pass defense fared even worse at 283.0 yards per game, 116th nationally.

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Thus far after two games in 2021, against Houston Baptist and in-state rival New Mexico State,  the Lobos' defense has allowed just 266 yards per game on average, 214.5 passing yards per game, and 103 rushing yards per game.

It's a stingy pass defense too, with four interceptions on the young season already while allowing only two passing touchdowns all season.

Make sure to stick with AllAggies.com's through our season preview series, where we will analyze every opponent on the Aggies schedule in 2021.

S Tavian Combs

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After starting five and playing in all seven games as a Lobo in 2020, Combs looks to shore up a much-improved Lobo secondary. He was second on the team with 51 tackles in 2020.

After two outings in 2021, Combs leads the Lobos with 17 tackles, 9 solo, and one interception.

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