Posted by Jerry Hinnen
New Mexico has been completely under the radar since making one of the most surprising (and intriguing) hires of the offseason in new head coach Bob Davie. Given the way things have gone for the Lobos the last few years -- coaching embarrassments, failed recruits, loss after loss after loss -- that's probably the way the Lobos would like it.
But now walk-on quarterback Ryan Trujillo has gotten the Lobos another round of attention--and, once again, not the kind the program would like.
Local TV station KRQE reported this week that Trujillo was arrested Friday and charged with "battery on a household member," a domestic violence charge, after allegedly spraying his girlfriend in the face with her own pepper spray.
Per police reports, Trujillo and the girlfriend were engaged in an argument in an Albuquerque restaurant when Trujillo grabbed the girlfriend's car keys off their restaurant table. When the couple continued to fight over the keys in the parking lot, Trujillo sprayed the girlfriend in the face with the pepper spray canister attached to the keys.
Trujillo was later arrested in the restaurant parking lot, telling police that he had sprayed her by accident.
New Mexico issued a statement Friday that it was looking into the incident, but had no other comment.
Though a walk-on who redshirted during the 2011 season, Trujillo won't be an unknown to many Lobo fans, having earned New Mexico high school Player of the Year honors in 2010 after leading Albuquerque's Manzano High School to the state championship game.
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