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Lobo football: Five walk-ons awarded scholarships

Cheers erupted from the University of New Mexico football team during a Thursday morning meeting when surprise announcements revealed that Bobby Cole, Andrew Erickson, Micah Gray, Hayden Wilson and Nic Wilson had earned scholarships.

Three of those former walk-ons, Erickson (Manzano High), Gray (Clovis) and Hayden Wilson (Cleveland), are New Mexico natives.

“I’m proud of the work that all five of these young men have done at UNM,” Davie said in a release. “Whether it’s the hard work they have put in on the field, or in the classroom, or in the community, they have represented themselves, this program and our institution in outstanding fashion. I’m excited for them and their families. They have earned this.”

Cole is a redshirt sophomore running back from Chatsworth, Calif., and Gray is a redshirt sophomore running back. Both delivered big plays during the spring.

“I don’t even know how to explain the feeling,” Gray said. “I was ecstatic.”

Erickson, a receiver, Hayden Wilson, an offensive lineman, and Nic Wilson, a cornerback from San Bernardino, Calif. were redshirted as freshmen last year and began their path of earning a scholarship while on the scout team.

The quintet brings the total of former walk-ons elevated to scholarship status under Davie to 23, according to UNM. Erickson, Gray and Hayden Wilson raise the total of New Mexico natives elevated to scholarship status to 15.

UNM posted videos of the scholarship announcements and the celebrations on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

The Lobos, who have gone 3-9 each of the past two years, are preparing for the 2019 season, which begins Aug. 31 against Sam Houston State at UNM.