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Locksley Promotes Reaves

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Quarterbacks coach David Reaves has been promoted to offensive coordinator, UNM football coach Mike Locksley announced Thursday.

Craig Jefferies, the longtime head football coach at Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, D.C., will coach wide receivers at UNM. Mike Woodford, a former assistant at Florida and Illinois, has been hired to coach defensive backs.

Reaves replaces Darrell Dickey, UNM’s offensive coordinator the past two years. Reaves joined the program in 2010.

“David has done an outstanding job with our quarterbacks and the passing game over the last year,” Locksley said in a news release. “He understands my offensive philosophy and has earned the promotion.”

In September, it was reported that the NCAA was investigating possible violations committed by Reaves while he was an assistant coach at Tennessee in 2009. The NCAA has announced no findings.

Woodford steps in as defensive backs coach in place of George Barlow, who now is UNM’s defensive coordinator. Woodford worked with Locksley at Florida as well as at Illinois.

After the 2009 season, Woodford was fired with three other members of Illini head coach Ron Zook’s staff.

Jefferies replaces Matt Wells, who left to take a job at Utah State, as defensive backs coach. Four current UNM players — Deon Long, Ugo Uzodinma, Reggie Ellis and Javarie Johnson — played for Jefferies at Dunbar.

SAFETY LEWIS SIGNS: UNM has received a signed national letter of intent from transfer safety Julian Lewis.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Lewis played at Abilene Christian in 2009 after a year at Pima Community College in Tucson. He did not play football last season and will be eligible this fall.

He is the son of Albert Lewis, who played 16 years as a defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders.

Lewis’ letter of intent gives UNM a 2011 recruiting class of 22, one more than it is allowed under NCAA sanctions as a result of violations committed by the staff of former head coach Rocky Long.

ALL-ACADEMIC: Thirteen UNM football players have been named All-Academic by the Mountain West Conference. They are:

James Aho, kicker; Chris Biren, fullback; Brad Gruner, quarterback; Joe Harris, linebacker; Brian Hill, safety; Evan Jacobsen, deep snapper; Spencer Merritt, linebacker; Cody Neely, linebacker; Matt Raymer, safety; Lucas Reed, tight end; Ben Skaer, punter; Nick Wilhelm, wide receiver; and Freddy Young, safety.

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