Here is a look at some of New Mexico's best who are being counted on to have strong seasons for their teams.
Jake Espinoza WR Aztec
I'm not sure if a receiver that had 54 catches as a junior counts as a breakout player, but look for this 5-10 170 pound Aztec sprinter to have a massive senior campaign. With the graduation of running back Mike Hathcock and receivers Jermaine Gerter, Trev Hammargren and Derrick Williamson Espinoza will be called upon to make a lot of plays and should become 4,000 yard QB Bryscon King's top target.
Willie Pounds OL/DL Eldorado
Big boy Pounds, was an All-League performer last year as Eldorado made a run to the state final. As a potential top recruit from the class of 2011, Pounds is not under the radar, but he does need to have a huge junior campaign if the Eagles want to approach last year's success.
Jordan Wade Athlete La Cueva
Much talk of the Bears this offseason has centered on Meiko Locksley, the son of Lobo Head Coach Mike Locksley, and his transfer to La Cueva. Also, naturally when talking about the Bears, ultra talented Ronnie Daniels' name is going to come up, but I'm keeping an eye on Jordan Wade. Wade, one of the most versatile athletes in New Mexico, is a QB, but has a skill set to make plays a variety of places on both sides of the ball for La Cueva. Also, add in the fact that he is one of the best kickers in the southwest and you can see his potential for a big 2009 season.
James Morehead RB Sandia
Last season, as a sophomore, the 6-0 175 pound Morehead averaged just under ten yards a carry on limited touches for Sandia. This season, look for the youngster with 4.58 speed to get increased touches, thus becoming a bigger part of the Sandia offense.
Deven Nelson QB Artesia
Quarterbacks from Artesia will forever live in the shadows of Landry Jones, who by the way, looks to be the heir apparent of Sam Bradford, but Deven Nelson's athleticism has and will make him an effective signal caller for Artesia. With a season under his belt and the offense now his, look for Nelson to go big this season.
Jeremy Buurman QB Las Cruces
Last season, Las Cruces rolled to a 13-0 state championship season. Many of the key players from that squad have graduated leaving the Bulldawgs to either rebuild or reload. One player that may be part of the reload is talented junior QB Jeremy Buurman. In limited action, backing up All-Stater Dante Caro, Buurman showed he has the talent to become a key performer in southern New Mexico.
This is a short list and multiple players across the state of New Mexico will have big seasons next year, but these players may have the most opportunities to break out.