"New Mexico Man" a fresh tradition

There's not much in the way of hard core tradition within the UNM football team, but first-year head coach Bob Davie is bringing something new for Lobo fans and players alike can sink their teeth into – the "New Mexico Man."

The New Mexico Man is a designated player who will lead the Lobos onto the field with the New Mexico state flag before home games at Turner Field at University Stadium as well as before the game at New Mexico State.

The New Mexico Man will also participate on New Mexico special teams units during that particular game.

The first New Mexico Man to lead the Lobos on field will be Jeric Magnant, a sophomore walk-on from Rio Rancho, N.M. (Rio Rancho High School). Magnant will carry the flag for UNM's Sept. 1 season opener vs. Southern.

Magnant, a wide receiver, has also earned a scholarship this fall, based on the criteria for the award that he displayed - on and off the field during the offseason.

"We are fortunate to have Jeric Magnant in our program at UNM," said Davie in UNM's official release. "He exemplifies all the characteristics we are looking for in a New Mexico Man. He has earned his scholarship and will serve as a role model for all future walk-ons."

Coach Davie and his staff will select a player on a weekly basis, rewarding the player who "exhibits the dedication, work ethic, team spirit and unselfishness that exemplifies Lobo football and the state of New Mexico."

"Walk-ons are critical to our success here at UNM," Davie said. "I have tremendous respect for all of them and want to have a way to recognize their importance and contributions to the program."

In addition to the honor of leading the team onto the field, the football team will recognize that player's hometown before each home game.

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