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Terance Mathis

Wide Receiver

Terance Paul Mathis

Inducted 2023

Date of Birth



Detroit, MI


University of New Mexico (1985-1989)


Terance Mathis became New Mexico’s first-ever consensus First Team All-America in 1989. Mathis finished his career as the NCAA's all-time leader in career receptions (263) and receiving yards (4,254). He left New Mexico as the first player in NCAA history with 200 receptions, 4,000 receiving yards and 6,000 all-purpose yards in a career. He set NCAA records for most games with a touchdown reception (26) and kickoff returns for a touchdown (3). A three-time First Team All-WAC selection (1986-87, 1989), Mathis held the WAC record for all-purpose yards in a career (6,691) until 2012. A two-time team MVP and recipient of the Reese Hill Award as the team's top offensive player, Mathis set 24 UNM records by career's end, still holding numerous career records, including receptions (263), receiving yards (4,254), TD receptions (36), kickoff returns (91), and all-purpose yards (6,691). The 1989 team captain, Mathis led the Lobos in receiving and all-purpose yards in all four years of his career, and he led the team in scoring in 1987 (50) and 1989 (98). He boasts six of the top 10 single-game-receiving performances in school annals. He finished his career with 263 receptions for 4,254 yards and 36 touchdowns, adding 80 rushes for 393 more yards on the ground. He also returned 91 kickoffs for 1,993 yards and three touchdowns and 23 punts for 115 yards during his career.


Height 5'10"

Weight 185

Career Highlights

  • 1989 All-Conference
  • 1989 Consensus All-America
  • 1987 All-Conference
  • 1987 Third Team All-America
  • 1986 All-Conference
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