Martize Barr is now a former Lobo.
He and almost-a-Lobo Ricardo Young are now Iowa Western Community College Reivers, But, by far, the biggest loss is second-team all-Mountain West Conference wide receiver Deon Long.
Long, Barr, Young and walk-on defensive back Meiko Locksley, son of former Lobos head coach Mike Locksley, all have left the University of New Mexico football program and will enroll at Iowa Western.
Scott Strohmeier, Iowa Western’s head football coach, confirmed via email on Wednesday that Barr — who played both safety and wide receiver for the Lobos last season — is enrolled at Iowa Western in Council Bluffs. He had no comment on Young, the Virginia Tech transfer quarterback who enrolled at UNM last fall but left after coach Mike Locksley was fired on Sept. 25. But Young, on his Twitter page, posted that he was bound for “Iowa Western Juco and then back to D-I.””
Twitter traffic among Barr, Young, Long and Meiko Locksley, meanwhile, leaves no doubt that all four are headed (or already have arrived in) Council Bluffs.
Young, Barr and Long are all products of Locksley’s Washington, D.C. connections.
Long transferred to UNM in the fall of 2010 after a brief stay at West Virginia; he never played for the Mountaineers, but his enrollment there made him a redshirt freshman at New Mexico this past season.
He was the Lobos’ No. 1 offensive weapon. He ran a kickoff back for a touchdown against Sam Houston State and caught an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage against UNLV — UNM’s only victory. He finished the season with 47 receptions for 809 yards, a 17.2-yard-per-catch average, and four touchdowns.
Barr came to UNM in 2010 but was injured in that season’s opening game at Oregon and sat out the rest of the campaign as a redshirt. He was moved from wide receiver to defensive back last spring. He started four games at lobo safety in the fall before being moved back to wide receiver, starting one game at that position. He was in on 21 tackles and caught eight passes for 79 yards.
Young came to UNM last August, expecting to sit out the 2011 season, then contend for a starting spot in 2012. But he changed his plans abruptly after Locksley’s firing.
Meiko Locksley saw considerable playing time last season as a safety.
All four players will be sophomores next fall at IWCC, a two-year school. Going forward, all three would have two years to play two seasons at Football Bowl Subdivision schools.