Publication also tabs WR and Messina as first-team all-Mountain West
Two-time selection for senior; Long named to second team
Lobo senior linebacker Carmen Messina ends his career as the all-time tackling leader in Mountain West history
Carmen Messina and the Lobos end their season trying to do what nobody thinks they can do -- beat Boise State
NEW MEXICO: A four-year letterman who emerged as one of the team leaders as an upperclassman...had 185 tackles his final two seasons to finish his career with 236 -- a total that left him just 23 shy of the school's top 20...one of the toughest, most durable players on the team...as the starting safety in 2010, finished second on the team with 100 tackles...had the first 100-tackle season of his career...emerged as a defensive leader in the secondary despite playing with multiple injuries...45 career games with 23 starts...saw special teams action during his debut season in 2008...outstanding performer on the practice field while redshirting in 2007 when he was voted Most Valuable Defensive Scout by his teammates...father, Richard, was a defensive back at New Mexico from 1974-78...three second cousins also wore the Cherry and Silver: Bobby lettered at RB in 1975-76; Mike was a 4-year letterman from 1976-79, a first team all-WAC LB as a junior and still ranks 8th all-time at UNM with 362 tackles; and Kelly Wilson played nose tackle for the Lobos in 1981-82...grandfather Dick Forrest and his twin brother, Bob, both lettered at Texas Western (UTEP) from 1955-57.
2011 (SENIOR): Participated in 11 games, starting nine...missed one game due to a shoulder injury...began the season as a reserve, but his knowledge of the entire secondary made him too valuable to bring off the bench...earned honorable mention All-Mountain West honors with 85 tackles, two tackles for loss...two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...85 tackles ranked second on the team...recorded 51 tackles in his last six games...had nine or more tackles in six games, including three double-digit efforts...season highs of 12 tackles and seven unassisted tackles vs. Sam Houston State in week four...had 11 tackles in week three Texas Tech...finished with a flourish with 10 tackles against No. 8 Boise State...also had seven unassisted tackles as part of a nine-tackle performance with a forced fumble that he recovered against Nevada in week six.
2010 (JUNIOR): Had 100 tackles from his safety position...recorded the first 100-tackle season of his career...finished with a career-high 4.5 TFLs for a loss of 12 yards...had 46 solo tackles (54 assisted) during the season...led UNM with two interceptions...logged two pass breakups...earned honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference recognition...had four games with double-digit tackles: a career-high 13 vs. Utah, 11 at Colorado State, 10 at New Mexico State and 10 vs. San Diego State.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Was a highly productive defensive reserve and special teams regular in 11 games (2 starts)...suffered an ankle injury in week 6 at Wyoming that forced him to miss game 7 vs. UNLV...was the first safety off the bench in the Lobos' nickel package after starter Ian Clark was lost for the season late in the opener...led all bench players with 47 tackles, including a solo TFL...also has a pass break-up and forced a fumble with a big hit in week 4 vs. New Mexico State...suffered a concussion on the play, but was able to play the following week at Texas Tech (6 tackles, 1 TFL).
`09 HIGHLIGHTS: vs. Air Force...season-high 10 tackles (4 solo) and made his first career start when the Lobos' opened in their nickel package...at Texas A&M...9 tackles off the bench and on special teams.
2008 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in 11 games primarily on special teams...got in on 4 tackles.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Carlsbad (N.M.) High School...logged a school-record 268 tackles during his career with the Cavemen and also set a single-season school mark with 141 stops as a sophomore...district Defensive Player of the Year as a senior with 103 stops at defensive back...also played wide receiver...played in the state's North-South All-Star game...a 4-year letterman in baseball - first team all-district centerfielder as a junior - and he also earned 3 letters in basketball...top 10% of his class academically with a 4.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
PERSONAL: Born May 4, 1989, in Carlsbad...age is 22...full name is Richard John Forrest III...son of Richard and Susan...older sister Ashley attends TCU...major is University Studies.