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Seizures won't stop UNM defensive lineman

Created: 08/20/2014 9:20 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

The Lobo football team opens the season in ten days when they host UTEP at University Stadium, and head coach Bob Davie is taking this last week to secure any starting spots that are still up for grabs.

One position he doesn't have to worry about is defensive end.

Paytron Hightower is one of the more athletic defensive linemen on the team. The redshirt sophomore only played one game last season, and had to miss the rest of the year because of seizures.

Hightower was diagnosed with epilepsy, but says he's ready for the upcoming season.

"When UTEP came, it was that morning when I had the seizure. I had to sit out three months," Hightower said. "That put me in a depression. I had to see the doctor a couple times to talk to her, and talk to certain people to get my head back on straight."

"He's one of those player that – I've said this a lot – people haven't heard of, but they've been in the program and I think have a chance to emerge," Davie said. "He's talented." 


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