Carmen Messina and the Lobos end their season trying to do what nobody thinks they can do -- beat Boise State
New Mexico's 12-pack of seniors end their careers as Lobos short on wins, but long in character
UNM dozen has bravely led team during turbulent season
NEW MEXICO: Four-year starter who joined the team as a walk-on in the spring of 2008 and went on to become one of the most productive kickers in school history...No. 2 on UNM's career field-goal list with 45 made (the record is 53 by David Margolis from 1989-93)...No. 8 in career field-goal accuracy with a 68.2 percent conversion rate...No. 6 on the career scoring list with 218 points...really bolstered his mental strength and learned how to handle both the success and occasional failure that comes with the position...10 multiple FG games and has provided the winning margin for 4 Lobo victories, including 2 game-winners in the final seconds...connected on 83-of-85 extra-point attempts, finishing perfect in 2010 and 2011...a four-time MWC Special Teams Player of the Week...originally tried out for the team in the fall of 2007, but didn't make the cut...won the starting PAT/FG job after a tight battle throughout `08 training camp and spring practice...solid leg strength, but earned his starting job because of his excellent consistency...he had a nondescript prep football career and was better known as a soccer player in high school...recent Lobo standouts and first team all-MWC honorees DonTrell Moore (RB) and D.J. Renteria (DL) are also Roswell HS alums...also excels in the classroom, earning Academic All-MWC honors three years...last name is pronouced AE-ho.
2011 (SENIOR): Endured the first slump of his career, missing five in a row before bouncing back with a 29-yarder against Wyoming in week 11. Still managed to hit 50 percent of his field-goal attempts (6 of 12) and all 18 of his extra-point attempts, staying perfect on PATs his last two seasons.
2010 (JUNIOR): Hit 8 of 9 field goals (88.9 percent) with his only miss coming beyond 40 yards...made a career-high 51-yarder against Wyoming on Nov. 6...also had his second career game-winner in the 34-31 victory over the Cowboys...he was 22 of 22 on PATs and finished with a team-high 46 points...made his last 7 FGs over the final nine games...finished the year with three kicks over 40-yards...earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors and was a honorable mention All-MWC selection.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Hit 13 of 21 field goals (61.9 percent) with 6 of the 8 misses being from 42 yards and beyond (2 blocked)...4 multiple FG games and had the game-winner in the Lobos' 29-27 victory over Colorado State...connected on a pair of season-long 48 yarders...career-long 53-yard attempt was blocked in week 3 vs. Air Force...finished the year by hitting his last 4 FGs after a bizarre 0-3 game vs. nationally ranked BYU when he hit the upright 3 times on FGs and PATs, including one PAT miss that caromed off both uprights...converted 19-21 PATs and led the team with 58 points...Academic All-MWC honoree.
`09 HIGHLIGHTS: vs. Colorado State...Redeemed himself with a sensational performance after missing 3 FGs in a narrow loss to BYU the previous week...connected on all 3 FGs (season-high), including the game-winner from 27 yards out with 12 seconds remaining...before the kick, he told fifth-year senior holder Adam Miller that he would make the kick for him and the other 16 seniors playing their final home game...also had a 37-yarder with 10:19 remaining to cut the CSU lead to one...named MWC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance...at San Diego State...Missed his first short FG (37 yards) of the season, but came back to hit a 45-yarder in the 3rd quarter...opened the scoring with a 35-yarder in the 1st quarter...at Wyoming...Hit both field goal attempts in freezing temperatures on a snowy field, connecting from 39 and 31 yards out in the 2nd quarter...at Texas A&M...Went 2-2, converting the longest (48) and shortest (19) field goals of his career in front of a massive crowd.
2008 (TRUE FRESHMAN): Continued the Lobos' remarkable tradition of excellence in the kicking game, earning second team All-Freshman Team honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and Sporting News...ranked 3rd in the Mountain West (T-19th nationally), averaging 1.5 field goals/game...18-24 (75.0 percent, 2 blocked -- fourth MWC) on FGs in his first 12 collegiate games - the best season by any freshman kicker in UNM history...6-10 from 40 yards and beyond with a long of 48...11-12 on FGs in the 2nd half and 5-5 in the 4th quarter... began the season with 7 straight field goals before missing from 47 at Tulsa...4 multiple FG games...2nd on the team (7th MWC) averaging 6.5 points per game (78 total, including 24-24 PATs)...provided the winning margin for 2 Lobo victories with 18 points vs. Arizona and 11 at New Mexico State...2-time MWC Special Teams Player of the Week...Academic All-MWC honoree as well.
`08 HIGHLIGHTS: at UNLV...Booted a pair of 2nd half FGs, connecting from 30 and 32 yards...hung in to hit both clean, despite tough snaps...at New Mexico State...Pivotal performance in his first Rio Grande Rivalry game...hit all 3 FG attempts and both extra points, scoring 11 points in the Lobos 35-24 victory en route to MWC Special Teams Player of the Week performance in the Lobos' upset win...all 3 FGs went straight down the middle, including his long of 42 in the 3rd quarter after a false start wiped out a 37-yarder...vs. Arizona...Phenomenal MWC Special Teams Player of the Week performance in the Lobos' upset win...tying a UNM and MWC record by going 5-5 on field goals and becoming the first Lobo ever to hit 4 FGs of 40+ yards in a single game...5 FGs was the most by a MWC freshman...set the conference record with 18 kicking points (3-3 PATs)...final 4 kicks were from 40 yards or more, including a season-long of 48 to give the Lobos a 9-point lead late in the 3rd quarter...also hit from 42 and 46 in the 4th quarter...FGs of 24 and 43 yards in the 1st half.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Roswell (N.M.) High School...played for head coach Micha Trujillo...also lettered in soccer, wrestling and track.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 26, 1989...full name is James Cecil Aho...son of George and Lorenza...has two older sisters, Birttny (23) and Meghan (21) and two younger brothers, Andrew (18) and George (15)...majoring in Biology.
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