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Lobo football: Stapley named to Rimington Watch List

UNM center Kyle Stapley (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Kyle Stapley, a junior center for New Mexico, has been named to the 2019 preseason Rimington Trophy Watch List. The Rimington Trophy is awarded to the nation’s top center each year, and this is the 20th year of the award.

Stapley, a product of Morgan, Utah., who joined UNM last year as a JC transfer from Snow College, had never played center before, but took nearly every snap for UNM last year. The 6-foot-3, 307-pounder was a part of 806 snaps, all from the shotgun, with no snaps under center. According to Pro Football Focus, Stapley was 802 of 806 on shotgun snaps without a sack allowed or a penalty.

Stapley is one of 80 centers, five from Mountain West schools, named to the Watch List. The entire list is here.

OFF TO MW MEDIA DAYS: The Journal’s Steve Virgen will be reporting at the Mountain West Conference football media days Tuesday and Wednesday at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino in Henderson, Nev.

The two-day media event includes all 12 head coaches and two student-athletes from every Mountain West institution, including University of New Mexico coach Bob Davie and defensive lineman Aaron Blackwell and offensive lineman Teton Saltes.

Virgen had a vote for Mountain West preseason team picks and top players, which is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

The Lobos, who finished 3-9, 1-7 in the MWC last year, open the season against Sam Houston State at Dreamstyle Stadium on Aug. 31.

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