- New Mexico Lobos football
New Mexico Lobos football Current season First season 1892 Head coach Bob Davie 1st year, 0–0 (—) Home stadium University Stadium (Albuquerque) Stadium capacity 38,634 Stadium surface Grass Location Albuquerque, New Mexico Conference Mountain West All-time record 451–536–31 (.458) Postseason bowl record 3–7–1 Conference titles 4 Consensus All-Americans 3 Current uniform Colors Cherry and Silver
The New Mexico Lobos football team is the intercollegiate football team at the University of New Mexico. The Lobos compete as a member of the Mountain West Conference. They have a cumulative record of 449–513–31. Their official colors are cherry and silver. The Lobos' 30th head coach is Bob Davie, taking over for the former coach Mike Locksley. Locksley, was fired in September, 2011, after a loss to Sam Houston State. Locksley had taken over in 2008, and went 2 and 28 in his tenure with the Lobos. Locksley's predecessor was Rocky Long, who had guided the Lobos to five bowl games in seven seasons. The Lobos play their home games at University Stadium.
Conference affiliation history
- 1892–1930: Independent
- 1931–1951: Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1952–61: Mountain States Conference
- 1962–98: Western Athletic Conference
- 1999–present: Mountain West Conference
New Mexico has won four conference championships in two different conferences (one in 1938 in the Border Conference), yet has not won a conference title in over 40 years.
Year Conference Coach Record 1938 BIAA Ted Shipkey 8–3 1962 WAC Bill Weeks 7–2–1 1963 WAC Bill Weeks 6–4 1964 WAC Bill Weeks 9–2 Total conference championships 4
New Mexico made one appearance in the Western Athletic Conference Championship Game as the winner of the WAC Pacific Division.
Year Division Championship Coach Result Opponent 1997 WAC Pacific Dennis Franchione L, 13–41 Colorado State
Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA January 2, 1939 Sun Bowl L Utah 0 26 January 1, 1944 Sun Bowl L Southwestern University 0 7 January 1, 1946 Sun Bowl W Denver Pioneers 34 24 January 1, 1947 Harbor Bowl T Montana State 13 13 December 9, 1961 Aviation Bowl W Western Michigan 28 12 December 27, 1997 Insight.com Bowl L Arizona 14 20 December 25, 2002 Las Vegas Bowl L UCLA 13 27 December 24, 2003 Las Vegas Bowl L Oregon State 14 55 December 30, 2004 Emerald Bowl L Navy 19 34 December 23, 2006 New Mexico Bowl L San José State 12 20 December 22, 2007 New Mexico Bowl W Nevada 23 0 Total 11 bowl games 3–7–1
Past players in the NFL
- Walt Arnold
- Hank Baskett
- Quincy Black
- Travis Brown (wide receiver)
- Stoney Case
- Robin Cole - 1x Pro Bowl selection (1984), 1x All-Pro selection (1984), 2x Super Bowl Champion
- Ryan Cook
- Preston Dennard
- Terance Mathis - 1x Pro Bowl selection (1994), 1x All-Pro selection (1994)
- Terrance Pennington
- Don Perkins - 6x pro bowl selection
- Glover Quinn
- David Sloan - 1x Pro Bowl selection (1999)
- Marcus Smith
- Paul Smith - AFC-NFC Pro Bowl (1972, 1973)
- Nick Speegle
- Robert Turner
- Brian Urlacher - 7x Pro Bowl selection (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010), 4x All-Pro selection (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006)
2010 Annual team awards
Each year members of the Lobos football team who distinguished themselves during the football season are honored at the Lobos Annual Football Awards Banquet. For the 2010 football season, the following team members were honored: Bill Brannin Award (Most Valuable Player), Lucas Reed, TE; Reese Leroy Hill Memorial Award (Offensive Player of the Year), Lucas Reed, TE; Clyde Horace Hill Memorial Award (Most Improved Player), Josh Fussell, FB and Karlin Givens, OG; Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Byron Bell, OT; Colonel H.J. Golightly Award (Top Defensive Player), Seth Johannemann, DE; Chuck Cummins Memorial Award (Most Inspirational Player), Cody Neely, LB; 1st Team Award (Unselfish Devotion to the Team), Nick Wilhelm, WR; Outstanding Special Teams Player, James Aho, K; Leading Tackler, Carmen Messina, LB; Most Valuable Offensive Scout, Lamaar Thomas, WR; Most Valuable Defensive Scout, Matt Raymer, S; The Red Menance Fan Appreciation Award, Josh Fussell, FB; Zia Award (Most Valuable New Mexico Player), Chris Hernandez, WR; Team Captains of the Year: Byron Bell, OT; Mike Cannon, OG; Seth Johannemann, DE.
About the Clyde and Reese Hill memorial awards: The Hill brothers were members of the Lobos football team prior to WWII (Clyde, 1941; Reese, 1939–1941). Both men were described by UNM coaches as extraordinary athletes. Clyde came to UNM after serving in the U.S. Marines where he was a boxing champion. At UNM, he was a member of the university boxing team and made the football team as a walk-on. Reese came to UNM as a highly touted recruit. A "legend" in northern New Mexico high school sports, he lettered in four sports at St. Michael's High School in Santa Fe. While at UNM, he was a member of the university's track, basketball and football teams. The Hill brothers were described by a contemporary as being "He-Men, the kind of men who could throw you across a room." After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Clyde and Reese left UNM to enlist in the military. Clyde died as a U.S. Marine F4U fighter pilot at Okinawa with the rank of Captain, while Reese—a U.S. Army 1st Lt. and glider pilot—survived the invasion of Normandy only to be killed when his glider was shot down over Holland.
- ^ "New Mexico Coaching Records". www.cfbdatawarehouse.com. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/mountainwest/new_mexico/coaching_records.php. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
- ^ "Bob Davie to be next New Mexico Lobos coach". www.espn.com. http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7242433/bob-davie-new-mexico-lobos-coach. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
- ^ "Lobos Sack Coach Mike Locksley". www.koat.com. http://www.koat.com/news/29297440/detail.html. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
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