East grad off to fast start in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Marcus Hayes, a former All-NIC-10 football star for East, was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week for a dominating performance Saturday.

Hayes, a redshirt freshman for the Lobos, recorded four tackles and had a pair of interceptions, including returning one for a 60-yard touchdown, in the fourth quarter of New Mexico’s 42-25 win over rival New Mexico State.

“I saw the dude go in motion and I knew I had to take him,” Hayes told the DailyLobo.com. “I saw the second receiver try and pick me so I knew he wasn’t going to go over the top, my instinct just told me to undercut it and the ball came to me.”

Hayes is hardly a one-hit wonder for New Mexico. According to the graders at Pro Football Focus, Hayes is the No. 4 run defender in all of Division 1 college football so far this year. Against Big 10 power Wisconsin, Hayes had five solo tackles and five assists, one forced fumble and recovery. He’s also returning punts.

Posted on 09.18.18