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: Three-year letterman at defensive tackle who has shown excellent potential in the middle...played in 34 games...a smart, physical presence who has worked his way into the regular rotation the last three years and should battle for a starting role in his final season...continues to improve his strength and has gained experience over the last three years...La Cueva HS teammate Mike Muniz is a senior offensive lineman for the Lobos...participated in kickboxing and mixed martial arts from age 12 until mid-2006.
2010 (JUNIOR): Played in 12 games and had 16 tackles...had a season-high five stops against Air Force...was on a steady rotation up front for UNM...started his first career game against No. 14 Utah on Sept. 18 in University Stadium...finished the year with 0.5 TFL and 0.5 sacks...had two fumble recoveries (Texas Tech and New Mexico State).
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 12 games, logging 12 tackles...had at least one tackle in each of the first seven games...had 4 games with two tackles...recovered a fumble at Texas Tech...also had 2 quarterback hurries.
2008 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN):): Played in 10 games, making his collegiate debut in week 3 vs. Arizona...helped spark the Lobos' upset of the previously undefeated Wildcats when he stepped in front of Willie Tuitama's screen pass and returned it 22 yards to the Arizona 11-yard line...it was the first snap of his college career...finished the year with 7 tackles, including a TFL and forced fumble vs. San Diego State (week 8)...3 QB hurries/hits as well, with 2 coming in the season finale at Colorado State.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Albuquerque La Cueva High School...four-year starter and three-time all-state performer for the Bears at defensive tackle... played for head coach Fred Romero...started the last five games of his freshman season (2003) at offensive guard as the Bears won state at 13-0...moved to defensive tackle in 2004, earning all-state laurels...La Cueva again went 13-0 and took the state title...first team all-state DT in 2005-06 and he added second team all-state honors as a senior offensive guard.
PERSONAL: Born March 27, 1989, in Shiprock, N.M....full name is Brett Daniel Kennedy...son of Bryce and Kimberly...major is Fine Arts.