UNM freshman lineman moves from defense to offense

J.P. Murrieta
August 16, 2017 08:45 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Teton Saltes is changing jerseys and positions. He swapped his white defensive shirt for a cherry red one and a spot on the Lobos' offensive line.


Saltes has played defense his whole life, but the 270-pound redshirt freshman from Valley High School is willing to do whatever it takes to get on the field and help the team.

"We do have some older defensive ends," head coach Bob Davie said. "We do have some depth at that position and I said, 'Right now, would you rather be the fourth defensive end or potentially the second offensive tackle?'  And he came back with, 'Coach, whatever will help the team.' He's an unbelievable, unbelievable kid."

"Of course I'm a defensive player," Saltes added. "But if I can help the team that's what I want to do and that's what I chose to do."

"He's trusting coach Davie, coach [Bob] DeBesse and myself to understand he's doing it for the betterment of the team, and No. 2, he's doing it for the betterment of himself," UNM offensive line coach Saga Tuitele said. "We see a lot of potential in him."

The Lobos work out Wednesday morning and then have a rare four-day break in the middle of preseason practice.

Meanwhile, New Mexico State running back Larry Rose III was named to the Earl Campbell-Tyler Rose Award watch list. The award recognizes the nation's top college offensive player from the state of Texas. Rose racked up more than 3,600 rushing yards over the course of his career with the Aggies.


J.P. Murrieta

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