The New Mexico Lobos’ NFL Pro Day was special, in more regards than one.
Two special-teams players, kicker Greg Rivara and long snapper Evan Jacobsen, stood out.
Jacobsen, a 6-foot-1, 246-pounder from Laguna Niguel, Calif., was a surprise (well, maybe not to him) No. 1 in the bench press with 27 repetitions at 225 pounds.
Rivara, who came to UNM from Albuquerque’s St. Pius X High School by way of New Mexico Highlands University, hit a 60-yard field goal and several from 55 yards out as Arizona Cardinals scout Josh Scobey looked on.
Most other times, heights and distances achieved Thursday by 15 former Lobo football players were not disclosed. Tight end Lucas Reed said his vertical leap was measured at 37 inches, a statistic that would have ranked among the best at his position at the recent NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Unofficially, wide receiver Lamaar Thomas was timed in 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That time would have ranked him fifth among all the athletes at the NFL Combine, fourth at his position.
Scouts from the Cardinals, the Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills attended.