What are your measurements
(height, weight and forty time)?
Height is 6’6”, weight is 250 and my last forty time
was a 4.68.
Coming out of high school,
what programs showed interest in you?
I didn’t have a junior season, so I wasn’t really on
the radar. There were a couple of juco programs.
Arizona Western was another school that was
New Mexico was actually my
first offer. I went there on the visit, and they
offered me while I was there. I accepted shortly
How come you didn’t have a
junior season of high school? Were you injured?
No, I just wasn’t that good. I really didn’t find
my footing while I was younger. I played my
freshman and sophomore season as a receiver. But I
didn’t see much play time. My junior season came
along and I still wasn’t really producing. I
wasn’t’ playing that much. I put in a lot of extra
work in between my junior and senior seasons. I
caught over 3,000 balls. It helped me with my
catching ability. I grew about four inches. I went
from 6’2” to 6’6”. It is good TE height. They
switched me to tight end the week before the start
of senior season. Things went as they went. I did
pretty good. I got on the radar thanks to my dad
and a couple of highlight tapes that we found.
Luckily I got an offer.
Are you happy that you chose New Mexico?
Yeah, I have done good here since it started.
Describe your career at
New Mexico as a whole.
I gained a little muscle mass during my freshman
year when I redshirted. I got to see my brother
play against New Mexico during that
year. It was the last year that UA played New Mexico. I was really skinny the following
year. I weighed about 210 pounds. I caught my
first pass against Texas A&M during the first game
of the season. They slowly started to gain trust in
me. I think that I caught about 17 passes and one
touchdown. My sophomore year was my highlight with
30 something catches and five touchdowns. Even
though it was an up and down season for the team, I
had a productive season. I wish my junior season
would have gone better as a whole. I didn’t catch
any touchdowns, but I still caught a few more
balls. I weighed a little more that season at
How disappointing was last
year for you and the team (1-11 overall record)?
It was pretty disappointing. Plans going into the
season were obviously different. You just have to
have the right mentality and stay positive. Keep
trying to work hard.
How exciting is it to have
Coach Bob Davie on board?
Coach Davie, his staff and the whole team are all
trying to work together, so we can pull out a better
season. There is a lot of optimism right now. He
is a good coach and a good guy. He is a
disciplinarian. It is exciting having him around
with all of his experience.
What are your early
impressions about your team coming out of spring
Coming out of spring practice, I think that there
has been a lot more improvements in camaraderie and
team chemistry. We know each other very well. It
was a good experience. We have a new offense going
in. It is pretty exciting.
What are your expectations for
your senior campaign from a team and individual
I really don’t want to expect or plan anything right
now. I will try to do my best. I don’t want to set
any high expectations. I want to improve on last
season. My new weight gain will help me, and I will
look more of the part of a tight end. I just want
to fulfill the role of a tight end this year. I
just want to help in the passing game, but also
contribute more as a run blocker. As a team, we
want to improve and win more games than we did the
last two years. We want to go to a bowl game. It
is our goal.
What are your strengths?
My catching ability and getting open. I can hold my
own as a blocker. People don’t expect it, but I do
a pretty good job especially with my weight gain. I
did hold my ground going against Texas Tech’s and
TCU’s defensive ends in the previous couple of
What areas of your game do you
need to improve upon?
Definitely my blocking and my catching. I am
working on both.
What is the highlight of your
career up to this point?
It was definitely the Wyoming game my redshirt sophomore year. It
was one of the victories in 2010 season. I was on
ESPN’s top ten plays. It was definitely exciting.
I made a one-handed grab for a TD.
Who is the toughest player
that you have faced during your career?
There was a DE from TCU (Jerry Hughes). He was one
of the strongest guys that I have ever gone up
against. He was 250 pounds at that time. He was
definitely difficult to block.
What is your favorite NFL team
growing up in Arizona?
I didn’t have a favorite team. I played so much
football. My brother and my dad watched a lot of
football on TV. I didn’t watch that much TV. But
now that my older brother is on the Texans, I like
to watch their games a lot.
Who is your favorite NFL
player not including your older brother Brooks?
Rob Gronkowski. I actually got a chance to meet him
back in the day when I went to a couple of my
brother’s practices at Arizona.
Which underclassmen on your
team are ready to have a breakout season?
We have so many newcomers on our team this year.
Dillon Farrell is our center/offensive lineman. He
was nominated for the Outland Trophy. He is ready
for a breakout season. WR Lamaar Thomas was out
last season because of an injury. He is coming back
this season, but he is not an underclassmen. He is
a senior. He was a transfer from another college (Ohio
What do you enjoy most about
playing college football?
Just getting to be out on the field during the
game. You get to know a lot of people. The people
that you play with become your family.
How exciting is it for you to be nominated to the
Preseason Mackey Award watch list?
It is always a humbling experience. I had it last
year, but I didn’t have a great season. For them to
put me back on the award list again makes me want to
work that much harder. I want to prove myself out
on the field.
What is your definition of a
Always have a positive attitude, be an extra hard
worker, good communication skills and know how to
motivate people when they are down.
What have you learned from
your older brother Brooks (2nd round pick
of the Texans in the 2011 NFL Draft) through the
He has pretty much done everything for me. He has
always kind of been in front of me. He led the
way. He has been one step ahead of me. I am hoping
that I can catch up to him again. He has an amazing
work ethic. It has rubbed off on me. Hopefully I
can have just as much success as he has had.
Hopefully I will have a good senior season. He is
definitely my role model for football and everything
What has he told you about the
He said that it is one of the hardest things that he
has had to do. Conditioning wise it is very tough.
He went to such a hot area.
Houston has the
humidity aspect. He told me the process of getting
to the NFL and the training in
Arizona. It is definitely a
What are your hobbies?
I am a pretty boring person. I stay inside and play
video games. I hang out with friends. I used to go
to the pool everyday when I lived in an apartment.
I go to the gym and work out. I am pretty busy.
What do you plan to do after
your football career is over?
I don’t have an answer to it. I have some ideas.
Maybe I can go and work for a company that does
computer graphics or maybe be a physical trainer.
You have had an amazing transformation. How do you
go from a 185 pound receiver in high school to a 250
pound tight end in college?
The weight has always been a struggle for me. I
really didn’t know how tall I was going to be. I
came to New Mexico weighing 205
as a true freshman. I played next year at 212
pounds. The expectations of family and coaches are
always there for you to gain the weight and perform
well at your position. It adds to the pressure of
transforming yourself. It is almost like a thought
in your mind.
Finish the sentence, Lucas
It is a hard question. I am definitely kind-hearted
and a hard worker. I have a funny personality. I
like to relax a lot.