A smile comes to Jacobi Hearn’s face when he thinks about how he ended up in Albuquerque coming from Mississippi.
“I’m from Pocahontas, Mississippi,” Hearn, a University of New Mexico linebacker, said of his hometown near Jackson and near Clinton, where he played high school football. “I’ve never seen mountains before in my life. I like the scenery here. I get to look at mountains.”
Hearn had always believed he would leave Mississippi and football would be the ticket. Sure, he had dreams of playing in the SEC, but he said he was raised to excel in any situation. He always wanted to play NCAA Division I football. He’s grateful to be with the Lobos (2-4, 0-2 in Mountain West Conference), even amid a three-game losing skid as they head to Wyoming (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday.