LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS

Tooley, ENMU Greyhounds Earn Line of the Week Honors

Former Tiger Standout Also Lands on All-Conference Team

 

HERALD Staff

Evan Tooley (#86-TE) and Eastern New Mexico’s offensive line bulldozed their way to NCAA Division II Offensive Line of the Week honors on Nov. 10.

ENMU’s running game was the key to their dominating 61-7 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Greyhounds’ offensive line cleared the way for 492 rushing yards, and eight scores on the ground. They also kept quarterback Jeremy Buurma from getting sacked.

Tooley is a 2010 Hot Springs High School graduate and four-year Tiger football standout.

“Evan is a heady football player and brings a lot of physicality to the offensive line,” said ENMU offensive coordinator Kelly Lee.

ENMU (7-4) finished their regular season Nov. 15, at Blackwater Draw in Portales with a big win over Lone Star Conference rival West Texas A&M. The Greyhounds defeated the Buffaloes 55-45 in an LCS playoff game.

The Greyhounds posted the first 400-point season in team history and finished the regular season with 437 points.

Eastern eclipsed the team single-season rushing record (3,444 in 2007) with 3,602 yards. ENMU leads the nation in time of possession and is fifth in the country in rushing offense.

Last season, Tooley’s contribution helped the Greyhounds to their first Lone Star Conference title since 1991. The team went on a six-game winning streak to end the 2013 season with an 8-3 record. The ENMU Greyhounds have played three games in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the Lone Star Football Festival.

After high school, Evan started his collegiate career at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, where he was red-shirted his freshmen year. In 2011, Tooley started as tight end for NMMI. The Broncos were ranked as high as sixth in the nation for junior colleges, and concluded the season (9-2) at the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove, Texas.

Tooley then transferred to ENMU to join his head coach from NMMI, Josh Lynn, who took over the head coaching reins of the Greyhounds in 2012. Also, joining the staff that year were Kelly Lee and his father, Travis Lee.

Kelly Lee is the OC and Travis Lee is running backs coach. Both Lees coached Tooley during their years at Truth or Consequences Middle School and Hot Springs High School.

Evan will graduate in December from ENMU, and plans to attend graduate school at Eastern, and become part of the coaching staff next fall as a graduate assistant for the Greyhounds.

Tooley is pursuing a master’s degree in sports management.

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