Tryouts Approach for Lobo Football Team

Feb. 11, 2013

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The University of New Mexico football team will hold a tryout day for UNM students interested in joining the program. The team will hold a meeting for prospective players on Feb. 20 and a tryout on Feb. 27.

Three former Lobo walk-ons, fullback Jarrod Baxter (1998-2001), center Ryan Cook (2001-05) and deep snapper Joe Maese (1999-2000) played their way into NFL careers. Cook also was a three-time first-team All-Mountain West honoree from 2003-2005.

Several other former walk-ons have gone on to have distinguished Lobo careers:

  • Brian Johnson (1997-2001) was a two-time first-team All-Mountain West defensive end and a team captain.
  • Linebacker Mohammed Konte (2001) was a second-team all-conference honoree and a team captain.
  • Quarterback Casey Kelly (1999-2003) is the winningest quarterback in Lobo history and was a team captain.
  • Linebacker Mike Mohoric (2001-05) was a first-team all-conference selection and a team captain.
  • Kickers Wes Zunker (2001-04), Kenny Byrd (2002-06), John Sullivan (2006-07) and James Aho (2008-11) each earned first-team All-Mountain West selections; Sullivan was a consensus All-American in 2007.
  • Safety Matt Raymer (2012) was nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes annually to the nation's top player who was a former walk-on.

Also, six Lobos on scholarship in 2012 started off as walk-ons. A meeting for potential walk-ons is scheduled on Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Tow Diehm Complex (on the south end of University Stadium. The tryouts themselves take place Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Players should report to the Tow Diehm Complex then, as well.

These tryouts are for UNM students only. Tryouts for non-UNM students and high school seniors will take place in the summer.

For more information about the Lobo Football Walk-On program, contact the Lobo Football Office at 505-925-5700 or click here to go online at