The New Mexico Lobos are low on talent and now they are losing four players to Iowa Western Community College: wide receiver Deon Long, defensive back Martize Barr, defensive back Meiko Locksley and quarterback Ricardo Young are all transferring. In case you were wondering, yes Meiko Locksley is the son of former head coach Mike Locksley.
The big loss of that group is Long who was one of the few bright spots for New Mexico and had 47 receptions last year as a freshman for over 800 yards with four touchdown. Long also was their primary kick returner and averaged 23.61 yards per return and had a touchdown.Long had already transferred from West Virginia to New Mexico and after his one year stint at Iowa Western Community College he will have two years left of eligibility. The leading returning receiver now falls to Ty Kirk who had a solid year with 47 receptions for 376 yards in only nine games.
Attrition is expected when a new coach comes in, but losing Long is a huge blow since he was the teams only playmaker on offense, and if he actually had a good quarterback he could have been great at New Mexico. Long and none of the other players gave a good reason to transfer, Locksley did say it would be good to be "re-recruited again."