Lobos Sign NFL Free-Agent Contracts

April 27, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- University of New Mexico football players Lucas Reed, Lamaar Thomas and Freddy Young signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams on Saturday night.

Reed, a tight end from Tucson, signed with the Denver Broncos and hopes to catch passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. He was a 2010 first-team All-Mountain West tight end with 33 receptions for 459 yards and five touchdowns. He had 77 receptions for 949 yards and six TDs for his career.

Thomas will go with Reed to Denver. He transferred to UNM after two seasons at Ohio State. Thomas, originally from Fort Washington, Md., had 29 career receptions for 360 yards and three TDs. He also ran for 220 yards in handling wildcat QB duties for UNM his senior season, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Nicknamed "Flash," Thomas was recorded in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.36 seconds in March.

Young, a product of Las Cruces, will vie for a spot with the Oakland Raiders. Young played in 40 career games with the Lobos and had 73 career tackles with 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three pass breakups. He impressed NFL scouts with his performance at UNM's Pro Day in March.