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 vs. New Mexico State Oct. 1, 2011
New Mexico vs. Sam Houston State Saturday, September 24, 2011
New Mexico hosted Colorado State in the season opener, won by the Rams 14-10.
NEW MEXICO: Three-year starter at cornerback who was the most durable Lobo during his college football career...finished with 36 consecutive starts and 37 starts overall...not a lot of bulk, but has good speed and athletic ability, has shown great tenacity and been a quick learner...has shown the potential the ability to be a true shut-down cover man...was thrown into the fire as a true freshman walk-on late in the 2008 season, filling in for injured standout DeAndre Wright - a three-year starter at the position and eventual sixth round draft pick of the New York Giants...didn't back down from the extreme challenge he faced in `08 and emerged as the winner of a tight battle for the starting corner spot during training camp in 2009...joined the team in August of `08...spent much of his first fall on the scout team, but began practicing with the defense midway through the season...dad, Anthony Sr., was a defensive back at UTEP from 1988-93...cousin of former Tulane and NFL QB Shawn King.
2011 (SENIOR): Started all 12 games and played the most snaps in the secondary despite being hampered by a sprained foot for much of the season...62 tackles on the season to rank fourth on the team...had 3.5 tackles for loss and recorded the first solo sack of his career...sack came during his career-high nine-tackle performance vs. New Mexico State in week five...had eight tackles at Nevada in week six...seven tackles in each of his last two games against Wyoming in week 11 and No. 8 Boise State in the season finale...also recovered a fumble after an interceptions and returned it five yards.
2010 (JUNIOR): Started 12 games and played nearly every play at corner...limited depth in the secondary forced extra reps and additional experience...finished the year with 39 tackles to rank 10th on the team...had 23 solo tackles...recorded his lone interception against San Diego State, when he returned it 25 yards for a touchdown...had three pass breakups, had a tackle in every game, had a half sack against Colorado State and 1.5 TFL...also had two forced fumbles...tied a career-high with seven tackles against TCU.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Showed good promise in each of his 12 starts and held his own in several difficult match-ups during the year...44 tackles, including 1.5 TFLs (1 solo, 1 assisted), and 2 pass break-ups...was an agressive, physical player in run support on the perimeter and his tight coverage forced many opponents to stay away from his side of the field...career-high 7 tackles at Texas A&M.
2008 (TRUE FRESHMAN): Made his collegiate debut in week 8 vs. San Diego State and saw his first defensive action the following week at Air Force (10 plays)...after just 26 defensive snaps in his collegiate career, he made his first start and played virtually the entire game in week 11 at UNLV in place of injured standout DeAndre Wright...as expected, he had his ups and downs in his first significant action, but broke up 2 passes and even had a QB hurry...came off the bench in the finale at Colorado State and had a season-high 4 tackles...9 total tackles in 5 games.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Brophy College prep school in Phoenix...three-year letterman for the 2005 and `07 class 5A state champs...first team all-state selection as a senior and first team all-district as a junior for coach Scooter Molander...four-year standout in track...won the state 400m title and set school records of 47.9 (400m) and 21.4 (200m).
PERSONAL: Born May 26, 1990...full name is Anthony Marsellus Hooks...son of Anthony and Sharon Hooks...has a younger sister, Taylor...major is University Studies, but would like to go to law school and become a sports agent.