Teton Saltes is ready to guard the Lobos blind side

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Teton Saltes has only played football for a few years. The former Valley Vikings star continues to impress at the University of New Mexico. Saltes originally started his Lobo career on the defensive line. When injuries made the offensive line thin, Saltes was plugged in on the other side of the football to add depth.

The 6’5 270-pound redshirt sophomore was slowed by a knee injury that required surgery last season. He has since healed and has learned fast, becoming such a talent on the offensive line that the Lobos have switched him to the all-important left tackle spot for the upcoming season.

 “They moved me to left tackle this year which is obviously a big opportunity for me to do good things, help the team out,” said Saltes. “I feel good. My knee is better I feel stronger overall, quicker, learned the game more so it should be a good year.”

When he first found out he was switching to the left side of the line, Saltes didn’t really understand the significance. “I thought it was the same as right tackle,” said Saltes. “I didn’t realize the importance of it at left tackle. But, like I said, if the coaches trust me enough to play it then it’s a blessing.” The Lobos start the season at home against Incarnate Word September 9.

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