Rashad and Vershad Jackson are back in cherry and silver. Lobos head football coach Bob Davie allowed the twins to return to the team Monday. The Lobos and the twins parted ways last week after a disagreement during training camp in Ruidoso. The cornerback playing twins said in a statement that they are excited and glad for a second opportunity with the team. Get more on the story on KRQE News 13 at 5:30 and 10.
There will be trip to Kansas to play the Jayhawks in December. There is a home game with Cincinnati in the same month. Craig Neal’s University of New Mexico Lobos are built to handle a challenge. Neal, in his first year as head coach, will find out how tough his squad is as soon as the non conference portion of the schedule starts. The Lobos will open up with exhibition games November 2nd against Eastern New Mexico and November 6th against Jamestown. Alabama A&M comes to the Pit for the home opener November 9th. That is followed by a home game against Charleston Southern. The Lobos will travel after that, starting at The Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina. Alabama Birmingham, Nebraska, UMass, Clemson, Davidson, Georgia and Temple are in the Classic. The Lobos return home November 30th for a date against San Diego. A December 4th date at rival New Mexico State starts the most challenging part of the schedule. The Lobos return home to host Cincinnati December 7th. They return to the road December 14th to play Kansas at the Kansas City Shootout in Kansas City, Missouri.That is followed by a trip to Las Cruces to face New Mexico State December 17th. The Lobos will stay on the road to face Marquette at the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada December 21st. Grand Canyon University comes to The Pit December 23rd. Former Lobo Demetrius Walker plays for Grand Canyon and will make a return to The Pit. The Mountain West Conference portion of the schedule is expected to be released in August.
The last APS football stadium was built in the 60′s. That will all change the last week in August. A new west side stadium will make it’s debut with all APS teams except La Cueva playing at the new venue in week one. La Cueva will be at Rio Rancho that week. APS got this one right from the bowl shaped design to the seating capacity of 7500. Solar panels will provide electricity for everything except the lights. On the side of the state of the art football stadium is a track. Big track meets will have plenty of room for fans because of the two thousand seats. Yes…that’s right, an extra 2000 seats sit on the south side of the stadium’s exterior. There is a track located next door. The stadium sits on 110 acres. Football and track are just the first part of the APS sports complex. Baseball and softball fields are planned along with tennis courts. Give APS an A plus on this one. They had a vision and did not drag their feet.
It will be fan appreciation night for the New Mexico Stars July 1st. Many fans will be appreciating Dez Bryant. Orthrus Promotions is bringing Bryant in for a one hour meet and greet at the Santa Ana Star Center. Fans seeking autographs will be provided with an 8×10 photo of Bryant. It will be the final home game for the New Mexico Stars as they prepare for the playoffs. Get more details by watching KRQE News 13 at ten.
He came to the University of New Mexico in the 11th hour. When plans to accept a scholarship at another school fell through, DJ Peterson found himself wearing cherry and silver. He made an impact immediately. Peterson led the Lobos at the plate as a freshman with a .317 average, setting an a freshman NCAA record for doubles with 32. Lobos skipper Ray Birmingham is known for making good hitters great. Peterson is more proof. His sophomore and this his junior year were equally impressive with Peterson pulling in a Mountain West co Player of the Year award along with All American honors. The Golden Spikes watch list has his name as well as the Dick Howser Trophy watch list. With so much honor so fast coach Birmingham knew better than to think his talented junior would be available for a senior season. The Major League Baseball Draft will surely claim Peterson this week. Most mock drafts project him as a first round pick. He is considered one of the best hitters in the draft. It doesn’t hurt that he batted .408 this season on a team that lead the entire nation with a collective .334 average. Lobo fans will miss his bat. Opponents will cheer his departure to the pros. Wherever he lands, expect Peterson to still spin the hits just like he has in college. Afterall, his name is DJ.