The New Mexico Lobos football team is the intercollegiate football team at the University of New Mexico. The Lobos compete as a member of the Mountain West Conference. They have a cumulative record of 449–513–31. Their official colors are cherry and silver. The Lobos' 30th head coach is Bob Davie, taking over for the former coach Mike Locksley. Locksley, was fired in September, 2011, after a loss to Sam Houston State. Locksley had taken over in 2008, and went 2 and 28 in his tenure with the Lobos. Locksley's predecessor was Rocky Long, who had guided the Lobos to five bowl games in seven seasons. The Lobos play their home games at University Stadium.
Each year members of the Lobos football team who distinguished themselves during the football season are honored at the Lobos Annual Football Awards Banquet. For the 2011 football season, the following team members were honored: Bill Brannin Award (Most Valuable Player), Carmen Messina; Reese Leroy Hill Memorial Award (Offensive Player of the Year), B.R. Holbrook; Clyde Horace Hill Memorial Award (Most Improved Player), Jon Washington; Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Dillon Farrell; Colonel H.J. Golightly Award (Top Defensive Player), Carmen Messina; Chuck Cummins Memorial Award (Most Inspirational Player), Carmen Messina; 1st Team Award (Unselfish Devotion to the Team), B.R. Holbrook; Outstanding Special Teams Player, Evan Jacobson; Most Valuable Offensive Scout, Michael Wilkinson; Most Valuable Defensive Scout, Tevin Newman; The Red Menace Fan Appreciation Award, Anthony Hooks; Zia Award (Most Valuable New Mexico Player), Bubba Forrest.
About the Clyde and Reese Hill memorial awards: The Hill brothers were members of the Lobos football team prior to WWII (Clyde, 1941; Reese, 1939–1941). Both men were described by UNM coaches as extraordinary athletes. Clyde came to UNM after serving in the U.S. Marines where he was a boxing champion. At UNM, he was a member of the university boxing team and made the football team as a walk-on. Reese came to UNM as a highly touted recruit. A "legend" in northern New Mexico high school sports, he lettered in four sports at St. Michael's High School in Santa Fe. While at UNM, he was a member of the university's track, basketball and football teams. The Hill brothers were described by a contemporary as being "He-Men, the kind of men who could throw you across a room." After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Clyde and Reese left UNM to enlist in the military. Clyde died as a U.S. Marine F4U fighter pilot at Okinawa with the rank of Captain, while Reese—a U.S. Army 1st Lt. and glider pilot—survived the invasion of Normandy only to be killed when his glider was shot down over Holland.