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Lobos' offensive lineman ready for return from injury

Brandon Ortega
August 09, 2018 09:24 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A former Valley Viking is on the fast track to an all-conference year with the Lobos.

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Offensive lineman Teton Saltes is back and stronger than ever.

Last year, he blew out his knee a few games into the season.

"It's hard to come back from an injury like that,  especially you know, I moved from defense to offense and then within five weeks I got the starting spot, I had a good support system and, of course, the coaches, the training staff, they made me better," Saltes said.

While Saltes was unable to play, he got it done in the classroom. He’s already more than a year ahead in credits, majoring in political science and minoring in Native American studies.

"I'm trying to go into like civil rights law, become a civil rights attorney and fight for, try to fix a lot of injustices, for the most part, minorities and for my own people," Saltes said.

Saltes comes from a long line of great athletes.

His grandfather was an Olympic gold medalist and both his mother and father played college basketball.

He says sports was always a big part of his life growing up, but academics always came first.

“They never forced sports on me. They didn't even care if I play sports. They wanted me to focus on school and focus on getting a degree and being able to go out and do good things in the community."

Saltes plans on going to law school in the near future.

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