Bratton enters his first season as an offensive graduate assistant for the Lobos, where he will work with Jason Lenzmeier and the offensive line. It continues a strong relationship between the UNM and Bratton, who owns a degree from UNM and was a four-year letterwinner and starter from 2011-2014.
Bratton, one of three captains in 2014, played every snap of the 2014 season and will prove invaluable in helping to groom UNM's next centers.
While serving as a graduate assistant, Bratton will also help with video analysis, game breakdown, practice planning and on-the-field coaching.
2014 (REDSHIRT SENIOR): Started and played in all 12 games at center for the Lobos, never missing an offensive snap on the season ... was a preseason Rimington Watch List member ... also named preseason All-Mountain West and named First Team All-Mountain West at center ... finished the season with 49 career starts in 49 career games, including his final game in which he played the entire game on a bad toe ... was second on the team with 147 knockdowns ... had a career best 26 knockdowns against the Boise State Broncos ... that topped his previous best from two games prior when he had 24 against Air Force ... overall he had seven double-digit knockdown games ... finished the season with a 98% assignment game (745 out of 756) ... his overall grade of 87% was tops among all UNM offensive linemen.
2013 (REDSHIRT JUNIOR): A 2013 All-Mountain West honorable mention ... started all 12 games for the Lobos -- 11 at left guard and one at center ... led the team in knockdown blocks with 148 in 855 snaps. ... led the offensive line in overall assignment grades on four different occasions. ... twice was credited with a season-high 18 knockdown blocks against San Diego State and New Mexico State ... filled in with a start at center against Pittsburgh and recorded 13 knockdown blocks against the Panthers and Outland Trophy Award winner Aaron Donald ... earned a trio of preseason honors as he was named preseason first team All-Mountain West by Athlon Sports, second team by Phil Steele and third team by College Sports Madness.
2012 (REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE): An honorable mention All-Mountain West selection as a right guard ... started all 13 games at right guard ... Scored a 100 percent grade on assignmets nine times during the season ...led the team with 15 knockdown blocks against Nevada on Nov. 17, his second straight week recording double-digit knockdowns ... was second on the team with an overall grade of 89 percent against the Wolf Pack, and led the Lobos with an effort grade of 98 percent ... had an absolutely monster game against Wyoming on Nov. 10, finishing with a whopping 21 knockdown blocks, the second most a Lobo has recorded this season ... finished with a grade of 100 percent on assignments and was third on the team with an overall grade of 77 percent ... recorded six knockdown blocks vs. UNLV on Nov. 3 and was not called for a penalty for the 10th game in a row ... led the team with 12 knockdown blocks at Air Force on Oct. 20 ... graded out at 97 percent on assignments and 80 percent overall as UNM rushed for a season-high 409 yards against the Falcons ... also tied for the team lead with 11 knockdown blocks against the Warriors and finished with an overall grade of 79 percent as the Lobos ran for over 300 yards for the fourth straight week ... graded out at 100 percent assignment against Texas State on Oct. 6, the fifth straight week he was perfect in that area ... received an overall grade of 77 percent and tied for the team lead with 10 knockdown blocks against the Bobcats ... graded out at 100 percent assignment against New Mexico State ... led the team with 16 knockdown blocks against the Aggies and finished with an overall grade of 79 percent ... graded out at 100 percent assignment on 41 plays at Texas Tech ... led the Lobos with 100 percent on assignments in 65 plays at the 17th-ranked Texas Longhorns on Sept. 8.
2011 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Started all 12 games, 11 at center and one at right guard...his emergence allowed UNM to utilize Farrell at tackle to increase athleticism on the offensive line...allowed the fewest sacks among all Lobo starting offensive linemen...was the most consistent performer on the offensive line...made the Academic All-Mountain West team in the fall of 2011.
2010 (FRESHMAN): Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time first team all Big 8 honoree who excelled on both sides of the line as a senior, playing both offensive guard and defensive tackle...also received scholarship offers from Nevada and UNLV...second team all-county pick as well...60 tackles and 9 sacks on defense in 2009...three-year letterman for head coach Scott Pearne...second team all-Ivy League selection as a sophomore when North posted a 13-1 record and captured the 2007 CIS Southern Section title...the Huskies were 8-4 in 2008, advancing to the second round of the playoffs...also threw for the North track & field team and played the post for the basketball team...made the Honor Roll all four years and held a 3.56 GPA...also a member of the student government.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 21, 1992, in Riverside, Calif...full name is LaMar Christopher Dean Bratton...son of Harry and Tanya Bratton...dad is the senior pastor at Greater Faith Grace Bible Church...has three older siblings: Mark Smith, Stacey, and Sharis...cousin, Enoch Simmons, played baseball at Loyola Marymount and later in the minor leagues with the Oakland A’s organization...LaMar is active in his church, serving as the media director and singing in the choir...would like to major in Computer Science at UNM.