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Messina Gets All-Star Spot

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Ex-Lobo LB Set To Play in Tucson

Former Lobos linebacker Carmen Messina reported to Tucson on Tuesday for the Casino Del Sol College All Star Game, scheduled for Monday.

It’s either the first or second installment of the event, depending on how one counts. Last year, the game was called the Eastham Energy College All Star Game and was held at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

This year’s game will be staged at Tucson’s Kino Stadium, home of the Pacific Coast League’s Tucson Padres. The baseball club, in fact, is the owner and organizer of the football game.

The contest matches teams labeled “Stars” (East) and “Stripes” (West). The 2011  rosters included a few players who made NFL teams, including Vikings running back Alexander Robinson (Iowa State), Jaguars running back DuJuan Harris (Troy) and Broncos practice-team quarterback Adam Weber (Minnesota).

The 2012 rosters include Tulsa quarterback Gary Kinne, LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee and San Diego State nose tackle Jerome Long.

“This week is really important for me,” Messina said in a UNM news release. “I have to do as much as I can with every opportunity I have.”

Messina was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2011.

FOOTBALL OPS: According to the website footballscoop.com, not to mention the UNM athletics staff directory, Brian DeSpain is first-year coach Bob Davie’s new director of football operations. He replaces Gavin Bevis, who had held that position for the last 18 years under three head coaches.

Bevis has been reassigned within the athletic department.

DeSpain was a member of coach Mike Sherman’s recruiting staff at Texas A&M. Sherman was fired after the 2011 season.

Davie has declined comment on all personnel matters until his staff is complete.

RUMORS: According to footballscoop.com, former Louisiana-Lafayette defensive coordinator Kevin Fouquier has been offered a job as defensive line coach on Davie’s staff.

Fouquier was a defensive assistant at Texas A&M in 1991-92, when Davie was the Aggies’ defensive coordinator.

… Lobos safety/wide receiver Martize Barr could be moving on; his Facebook page indicates he now is “friends” with Iowa Western Reivers Football.

Efforts by the Journal to reach Iowa Western Community College coach Scott Strohmeier were unsuccessful.

Barr, recruited by former Lobos coach Mike Locksley out of Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., came to UNM as a wide receiver. He was moved to defensive back last spring, opened the 2011 season as a lobo safety, then was moved back to wide receiver because of injuries.

He started five games, four on defense and one on offense, was in on 21 tackles and caught eight passes for 79 yards.

Barr, injured in the 2010 season opener at Oregon, sat out the rest of that season and was listed as a redshirt freshman in 2011.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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