2021 Mountain West Football Top 50 Players: #50, New Mexico RB Bobby Cole
The Lobos running back leads off our countdown of Mountain West football’s best players in 2021.
Under the radar… but perhaps not for long.
The 2020 football season brought its fair share of unexpected surprises, but the first entrant on our annual countdown of the Mountain West’s top performers, New Mexico running back Bobby Cole, is proof that at least some of those surprises happened on the gridiron.
While the Lobos weren’t as run-heavy in Derek Warehime’s first year as offensive coordinator as they had been under previous head coach Bob Davie, Cole emerged as UNM’s steadiest option on the ground by running for 96 and 90 yards in a pair of close losses to Hawaii and Nevada, respectively, and then exploding for 269 combined rushing yards in the team’s season-ending victories over Wyoming and Fresno State.
In all, Cole ran for 546 yards on just 97 carries, an average of 5.6 yards per carry, and accounted for seven total touchdowns. All of these ranked in the top six among conference running backs, providing a solid foundation from which Danny Gonzales can build out his offense in 2021.
— Mountain West (@MountainWest) December 6, 2020
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