Every year The Red Menace in conjunction with TheRedMenace.com give away The Red Menace Fan Appreciation Award to outgoing seniors that have been a big part of The Red Menace experience for the fans. Whether it is an interviews and photos for the website, running over to The Red Menace prior to games, doing the Lobo Leap, or inciting the crowd during the games.
Previous winners are
2000- S Scott Gerhardt
2001- S Brandon Gregory
2002- LB Billy Strother
2003- DL Kyle Coulter
This year's Red Menace Fan Appreciation Award winner is the first Lobo from the offensive side of the field. Since freshman year and beyond this young man has always been there for The Red Menace fans come game day, during practice, or if you see him on the street. He has overcome injuries, tough games, and this year a somewhat tough season as UNM finished the season bowl eligible but weren't invited. Through it all he has always had a smile on his face and humble attitude while his professional stock has skyrocketed. This young man…
#18 WR Hank Baskett III.
You talk about the fans. I go into The Red Menace every game! That's what it means around here. When you guys get going it changes everything. That helps us. I love in pre-game looking down there and hearing everybody in The Red Menace going crazy… Booing their kickers and every time their players drop a pass. Don't think we don't notice, we do! Trust me we love hearing that! -- Hank Baskett
It has been a blessing. I have enjoyed my time here. I was sitting at lunch the other day thinking about my college career here and I wouldn't change a thing, said Baskett.
Coach Long is a great man. He kept his word from the time he sat down in my house. I loved when he went out and play corner against me. He is a great coach and I wouldn't have wanted to play for anyone else.
Hank goes Old School!
Every year choosing this award gets harder and harder as so many players come out and visit with The Red Menace, whether it is Lobo Leaps, or just saying hello. Guys like Mike Mohoric, Aaron Brack, Gabriel Fulbright and the golden choppers, and who can ever forget the day Terrence Pennington rocket launched former DL Daniel Kegler to Lobo Leap taking out the 1st three rows back in '03. We have been lucky to have great guys like this throughout the year and we look forward to the '06 season when new seniors and players step up for this award and many others.
Speaking of Awards, here is a list of all the awards given during Friday night's banquet.
Most Valuable Offensive Scout - Freshman QB Donovan Porterie
Most Valuable Defensive Scout - JR LB Yimin Bauman
#18 Yimin Baumen
Chuck Cummings Award (Most Inspirational Player) - JR OG Robert Turner
Outstanding Offensive Lineman - Senior C Ryan Cook
Zia Award (Most Valuable New Mexico Player) - WR Hank Baskett
Most Improved Player - Senior CB Mike Powdrell
Outstanding Special Teams Player -Senior LB Joe Selander
Lobo Club Award (Unselfish Devotion to the Team) - Senior WR Aaron Brack
Col. HJ Golightly Award (Most Valuable Defensive Player) - Senior CB Gabriel Fulbright
Reese Hill Award (Most Valuable Offensive Player) - Senior WR Hank Baskett for 2nd straight season
Bill Brannin MVP - DonTrell Moore for the 4th straight year; Rocky Long is the only other Lobo to win it 3 times (1969-71)
Thank you Hank Baskett III you have been one of the most exciting players to come to the University of New Mexico and have always been a part of The Red Menace. As you move into your NFL career we are really looking forward to seeing you on Sunday's. Know that there will always be a huge group of guys in Red Wigs rooting for you. (Just a dream for me... Bill Parcells! Coach Parcells when looking for that huge possesion receivers look next door to New Mexico and #18 the greatest receiver in Lobo football history.)