On Tuesday, New Mexico football announced the death of 21-year old defensive tackle Nahje Flowers. No cause of death has been revealed at this time.
As is always the case when someone passes away that young, the tragedy has rocked the Lobos program. In his statement on Flowers’ death, head coach Bob Davie said that the team remains “devastated,” as you’d expect.
New Mexico was set to host Mountain West foe Air Force this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
Given Flowers’ passing, the two teams are moving the game. It will now be played on Saturday, Nov. 23, per The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach.
Due to yesterday’s death of a New Mexico football student-athlete, the Air Force at New Mexico football game, which was originally slated for this Saturday, November 9, has been rescheduled.
The Falcons and Lobos game will play on Saturday, November 23 at noon MT.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) November 6, 2019
Luckily, the Lobos and Falcons both shared a bye week on that Saturday, which allowed the game to be moved rather seamlessly.
New Mexico follows it up by hosting Utah State on Saturday, Nov. 30, while Air Force hosts Wyoming to end the season.
Given the ability to move the game, and how difficult it would be for New Mexico players to properly prepare for the game given the circumstances, this was absolutely the right decision. Good on New Mexico, Air Force, and Mountain West making the decision relatively quickly.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Nahje Flowers’ family and friends, and the University of New Mexico community. We’ll have more on this horrible situation as we learn it.