2019 Mountain West Football Top 52 Players: #40, New Mexico WR/KR Elijah Lilly

2019 Mountain West Football Top 52 Players: #40, New Mexico WR/KR Elijah Lilly

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2019 Mountain West Football Top 52 Players: #40, New Mexico WR/KR Elijah Lilly

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2019 Mountain West Football Top 52 Players: #40, New Mexico WR/KR Elijah Lilly


The speedy New Mexico wide receiver is the lone member of the Lobos on our countdown of Mountain West football’s best players.


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Blink and you’ll miss him.

New Mexico Lobos wide receiver and kick returner Elijah Lilly continues our list of Mountain West football’s 52 best players, checking in at #40 after quietly emerging as one of the conference’s best all-around threats.

Lilly came into 2018 best known as a return specialist, a role in which he continued in for New Mexico by averaging 17.6 yards per kick return last fall. More importantly for the Lobos, however, he also broke out as a reliable option in the passing game, catching 21 passes for 377 yards (18.8 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. Eight of those catches went for 20 or more yards, adding a dynamic big-play element to the offense.

Now a senior, Lilly is the team’s leading returning receiver by just about every traditional metric, so getting the ball in his hands is likely to be a priority for New Mexico all fall and, most likely, a headache for opponents to deal with.

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