Defensive line looks to establish mindset, offensive line looks to reestablish mindset
Lobo senior tight end earns award for his winter conditioning program work
UNM's senior defensive lineman should see action at D-end and nose-guard positions
JC transfer said the family feeling among Lobos helped him pick UNM over Illinois
Donaldson came to New Mexico to follow in the footsteps of a former Lobo -- dad, aka Terence Donaldson
NEW MEXICO: A durable offensive lineman who has started every game since he stepped onto the field for the Lobos ... made the move from center in 2011 to right guard in 2012 ... one of four offensive linemen to start every game and help the UNM rushing attack average 301.3 yards per game to rank fifth in the country ... one of the most assignment-sound offensive linemen in the team ... has a chance to be a force for the Mountain West over the next two years ... coaching staff thinks he has a chance to have a big year in 2013 ... showed his toughness (along with center Dillon Farrell) during spring practice in 2012 as the two played every snap during team drills because of a lack of depth on the line.
2012 (SOPHOMORE): An honorable mention All-Mountain West selection as a right guard ... started all 13 games at right guard ... Scored a 100 percent grade on assignmets nine times during the season ...led the team with 15 knockdown blocks against Nevada on Nov. 17, his second straight week recording double-digit knockdowns ... was second on the team with an overall grade of 89 percent against the Wolf Pack, and led the Lobos with an effort grade of 98 percent ... had an absolutely monster game against Wyoming on Nov. 10, finishing with a whopping 21 knockdown blocks, the second most a Lobo has recorded this season ... finished with a grade of 100 percent on assignments and was third on the team with an overall grade of 77 percent ... recorded six knockdown blocks vs. UNLV on Nov. 3 and was not called for a penalty for the 10th game in a row ... led the team with 12 knockdown blocks at Air Force on Oct. 20 ... graded out at 97 percent on assignments and 80 percent overall as UNM rushed for a season-high 409 yards against the Falcons ... also tied for the team lead with 11 knockdown blocks against the Warriors and finished with an overall grade of 79 percent as the Lobos ran for over 300 yards for the fourth straight week ... graded out at 100 percent assignment against Texas State on Oct. 6, the fifth straight week he was perfect in that area ... received an overall grade of 77 percent and tied for the team lead with 10 knockdown blocks against the Bobcats ... graded out at 100 percent assignment against New Mexico State ... led the team with 16 knockdown blocks against the Aggies and finished with an overall grade of 79 percent ... graded out at 100 percent assignment on 41 plays at Texas Tech ... led the Lobos with 100 percent on assignments in 65 plays at the 17th-ranked Texas Longhorns on Sept. 8.
2011: Started all 12 games, 11 at center and one at right guard...his emergence allowed UNM to utilize Farrell at tackle to increase athleticism on the offensive line...allowed the fewest sacks among all Lobo starting offensive linemen...was the most consistent performer on the offensive line...made the Academic All-Mountain West team in the fall of 2011.
2010: Redshirted the 2010 season and will compete for a starting spot on the offensive line...smart player who continues to develop.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time first team all Big 8 honoree who excelled on both sides of the line as a senior, playing both offensive guard and defensive tackle...also received scholarship offers from Nevada and UNLV...second team all-county pick as well...60 tackles and 9 sacks on defense in 2009...three-year letterman for head coach Scott Pearne...second team all-Ivy League selection as a sophomore when North posted a 13-1 record and captured the 2007 CIS Southern Section title...the Huskies were 8-4 in 2008, advancing to the second round of the playoffs...also threw for the North track & field team and played the post for the basketball team...made the Honor Roll all four years and held a 3.56 GPA...also a member of the student government.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 21, 1992, in Riverside, Calif...full name is LaMar Christopher Dean Bratton...son of Harry and Tanya Bratton...dad is the senior pastor at Greater Faith Grace Bible Church...has three older siblings: Mark Smith, Stacey, and Sharis...cousin, Enoch Simmons, played baseball at Loyola Marymount and later in the minor leagues with the Oakland A's organization...LaMar is active in his church, serving as the media director and singing in the choir...would like to major in Computer Science at UNM.