Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Lobos RB Ferguson ineligible for bowl game; backup Love also out
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico running back Rodney Ferguson, the team's top rusher each of the past two seasons, won't
play in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday after being declared
Reserve running back Mike Love also is ineligible and cannot
play when the Lobos (8-4) meet Nevada (6-6).
"They will not be able to practice," coach Rocky Long told the
Albuquerque Journal. "They will not be able to participate in the
[bowl] activities or bowl game. If they have a good spring
semester, they will be eligible to return next fall."
Ferguson, a junior, ran for 1,177 yards rushing and 13
touchdowns this season. Last year, he led the conference with 1,234
Another junior, Paul Baker, will start at tailback. He has 324
yards rushing this season, with a career-high 54 yards in a
season-opening loss at UTEP.
"It won't affect our game plan," Long said. "We anticipate
that Paul Baker will have a great game. This has been a team since
Day 1. We've overcome obstacles before and we'll overcome one this