vs. Mississippi Valley State
at Arizona State
Jason Lenzmeier made an immediate impact during his return to New Mexico as offensive line coach in 2012. The Lobos rushed for 301.5 yards per game, which ranked fifth in the nation and was the most by a New Mexico team since 1971 rushed for 384.3 yards per game.
UNM set a school record with 10 300-yard rushing games in 2012, tying the 1971 team with nine straight games of 300 yards. Its 34 rushing touchdowns in '12 rank as the second most in school history.
Under Lenzmeier, the Lobos surrendered just 12 sacks in 2012 after allowing 30 sacks in 2011.
Three Lobos earned honorable mention All-Mountain West honors in 2012: junior left tackle Darryl Johnson, sophomore left guard LaMar Bratton and junior center Dillon Farrell.
Lenzmeier, who began his coaching career at UNM in 2006, spent three seasons at rival New Mexico State (2009-11) prior to returning to the Lobos in 2012.
In 2011, sophomore Davonte Wallace earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors under Lenzmeier's tutelage.
In his first season with New Mexico State, Lenzmeier guided the offensive line as it allowed just 23 sacks on the year, a 21-sack improvement from the 44 sacks given up by the Aggies in 2008. The Aggies' offensive line also helped running back Seth Smith become the first Aggie since 2000 to rush for a 1,000 yards in a season. The Aggies ranked No. 66 in the nation in rushing offense. In 2010, the line allowed just 19 sacks on the season.
A former University of New Mexico all-conference offensive lineman, Lenzmeier spent three seasons with the Lobos, two as the offensive line coach and one as UNM's graduate assistant on offense. He helped the Lobo offense rush for 208 yards a game in 2008 and 135 yards a game in 2007.
Entering the 2007 season at the age of 26, Lenzmeier was New Mexico's youngest full-time assistant coach in 23 years, since Greg Azar, then 24, coached the Lobo defensive line in 1984.
Lenzmeier did an outstanding job in his rookie season as a pair of seniors, offensive tackle Devin Clark and center Vince Natali were named first-team All-Mountain West Conference selections in 2007. The Lobos improved in every offensive category from the previous season. Natali was also an Academic All-American. In 2008, Lenzmeier guided center Erik Cook to a second-team All-MWC selection. Cook went on to play in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.
A 1999 graduate of Frisco (Texas) High School, Lenzmeier was a four-year starter for UNM on the offensive line from 2000-03, earning first team All-Mountain West honors at offensive tackle as a senior. He played in 47 career games, starting 42, including 35 in a row between his sophomore and senior seasons. He remains the only lineman in Mountain West history to win a conference Offensive Player of the Week honor for his performance during UNM's 47-35 win at No. 23 Utah in 2003.
Lenzmeier signed free agent contracts with the San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams in 2004 before returning to Albuquerque in 2005. He graduated from UNM in the summer of 2005.
Lenzmeier and his wife Kelsey welcomed their first son, Brooks, to the world on March 29, 2012.
The Lenzmeier File
Hometown: Frisco, Texas
Bowl games: 2002 Las Vegas Bowl; 2003 Las Vegas Bowl
Bowl games: 2007 New Mexico Bowl; 2006 New Mexico Bowl