|Height: 6-3 | Weight: 224 | College: New Mexico|
Baskett is a rare-sized athlete with a fine blend of size, strength and quickness. He emerged as a game-breaking threat during his senior year, his first season as a starter. This blue chip talent has a solid and blue-collar work ethic. He not only excels on offense as a receiver, but also demonstrates a strong arm for the option pass. He also relishes his role as a team leader.
Baskett was a three-sport standout at Clovis High School. He not only starred in football, basketball and track, but also excelled in the classroom, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. As a senior, he played in six games at quarterback and four more at receiver, earning second-team All-State honors as a punter (handled that duty for three seasons) and receiver.
In track, Baskett was one of the nation's top schoolboy high jumpers with a state-record leap of 7'0" at the 2000 state track meet in Albuquerque, again winning that title in 2001 with a 6'11" jump. On the basketball court, Baskett averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats, earning second-team All-State honors. He also was the Wildcats' Athlete of the Year as a junior.
Baskett spent the 2001 season redshirting at New Mexico. The following season, Baskett suffered a neck injury during August camp (8/14) that required him to be taken off the field on a backboard and admitted to University Hospital with minimal movement in his extremities for several hours. He sat idle for nearly two months before being cleared for contact on Oct. 6, missing the team's first seven games. Baskett would see only limited action in the next seven games, making two catches for 21 yards and two touchdowns. He also excelled in track and in the classroom. He maintained a 3.36 grade point average and earned All-Mountain West Conference honors as a long jumper on the Lobos' track team, posting a personal-best 6'10 " jump that earned him second place at the MWC Championships.
Baskett started vs. Brigham Young and Wyoming in 2003, finishing third on the team with 17 receptions for 288 yards (16.9 avg) and three scores. Fourteen of his catches resulted in first downs, including four on third-down plays. He had a key reception on eleven scoring drives (eight touchdowns, three field goals). He completed one of two passes for 46 yards, returned a punt 25 yards, blocked a punt and made four tackles on special teams. He also served as the team's reserve punter. In track, Baskett again finished second in the long jump at the MWC Championships, earning all-conference accolades.
With the graduation of Adrian Boyd and Dwight Counter, Baskett moved into the starting lineup for the 2004 season. He led the team with a career-high 58 catches for 908 yards (16.8 avg) and three touchdowns. His 58 receptions rank tenth on the school's single-season record list and were the most by a Lobo since Martinez Williams hauled in 60 passes in 1999. His 908 yards rank ninth on the Lobos' single-season record list. Thirty of his catches resulted in first downs, including converting seven on third-down plays. He had key catches on thirteen scoring drives (ten touchdowns, three field goals) and also recorded a solo tackle.
The 2005 season saw Baskett blossom and garner national attention. He was a first-team all-MWC selection and became the first Lobos wide receiver to earn all-conference honors since Pascal Volz in 1997. He was 13th nationally and third in the conference with an average of 97.4 receiving yards in 11 games.
Baskett was invited to play in the Senior Bowl and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist in 2005.
Positives: Has a tall, well-built frame with long limbs, good bubble, natural hands, good leg drive, fluid lateral movement and change of direction skills Shows good quickness getting into his routes, displaying above average balance and stop-and-go action Shows the power and size to easily bust through the jam, but is also agile enough to avoid contact Runs tight up field routes and shows good knee bend and agility to settle into the soft spot of the zone Does a very good job of keeping his feet in bounds along the sidelines, making proper body adjustments Displays the field vision and quickness to come back for the under-thrown ball Alert and savvy enough to draw a fair share of interference calls Big target who shields the ball well, doing a very good job of timing his leaps to get to the ball at its high point Has strong, natural hands and knows how to extend and pluck the ball away from the body's frame Has the strength to power through tackles and is light on his feet, executing good moves to gain separation after the catch
His height advantage and long arms allow him to win most battles for the jump balls Has the flexibility to quickly turn on the ball, doing a nice job of catching the pass over his head Willing blocker who is best when searching and neutralizing linebackers as a cut blocker in the second level Unlike most big receivers, he is not a long strider, taking short steps to quickly build to top speed.
Negatives: More quick than fast, having to utilize his moves and strength to power through tackles rather than generate a sudden burst to escape Better catching the ball in stride, as he needs to gather himself some to get back to top speed when having to jump for the pass Effective up field blocker, but could use some additional upper body strength for in-line blocking (can be beat by a strong club move) Earlier in his career, he would struggle to negotiate past a strong press technique, but in 2004, he learned to utilize his strength better to escape the jam.
Baskett is a big, physical receiver with good quickness to build to top speed. He knows how to use his hands and upper body strength to defeat press coverage. He takes quick, short strides through his patterns and has the agility and balance to post up on short hooks. He is a natural hands catcher who secures the ball properly before heading up field and knows how to use his size to shield the ball from the defender.
Baskett is best catching the ball on the move, as he takes a little time to get back to his speed when having to go vertical in order to make the reception. He is a strong runner who can break arm tackles and has enough of a second gear burst to separate in the open after avoiding the first coverage tackle.
Baskett has made very good improvement adjusting his feet to stay in bounds working along the sidelines. He runs sharp up field routes with the stride to cover ground. He finds the ball quickly when contesting for it in the crowd, maintaining concentration to look the ball in. Baskett displays fluid hip swerve and the flexibility to adjust on the run. He has the athletic ability to extend and pluck the ball away from the body's frame.
When working in the short area, he maintains a good relationship with the quarterback, alertly coming back for the ball when the passer is in trouble. He has good body control and crisp stop-and-go action. He finishes his routes consistently and is quick to get his head turned around in order to look the ball in. His strength and stride allow him to turn a short catch into a big gain. He has the acceleration and shiftiness to elude and plays at a good pad level to generate the quickness needed to release off the line. He does a good job of selling his routes and using his moves (hip wiggle, head fake) to gain separation.
He has become a polished pattern runner who shows very soft hands. While he might lack blazing speed, Baskett knows how to get behind the defender with a strong vertical push and positions himself well on the deep ball. He is a very flexible athlete who does a good job of adjusting to the ball in flight. Baskett is an excellent leaper with good timing and high-point to win the jump ball. He has developed a good feel coming back on under-throws and displays the field savvy to draw a fair share of interference calls. He is reliable making the catch across the middle or through traffic and holds on to the ball securely after contact (never fumbled the ball).
As a blocker, he shows aggression and good hand usage to lock on and sustain. He could use a little more strength to combat the bigger defenders working in-line. Up field, Baskett is alert locating and neutralizing linebackers as a cut blocker. He stays with the play until the whistle and is relentless in his approach when asked to block on the edge for the ground game.
He is more quick than fast, but has the size and strength to be very effective at the next level.
Baskett is a two-sport standout for the Lobos Earned All-Mountain West Conference honors three times in track, twice finishing second in the long jump at the MWC Championships until winning that title with a 6'11" jump in 2004 In 41 games, Baskett caught 140 passes, ranking fifth in school history behind Terance Mathis (263, 1985-87, '89), Carl Winston (202, 1990-93), Preston Denard (142, 1974-77) and Mike Henderson (141, 1987-90) His 2,145 yards receiving are topped only by Mathis (4,254), Winston (2,972) and Dennard (2,257) in New Mexico annals Baskett's sixteen scoring touchdowns rank tied for second on the school's career-record list behind Mathis (36) 89 of his receptions resulted in first downs, including 30 that converted third-down plays Also served as the team's emergency punter.
All-American third-team and All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report Named the team's captain Listed as the most underrated receiver in college football by The Poor Man's Guide to the NFL Draft He was a first-team all-MWC selection and became the first Lobos wide receiver to earn all-conference honors since Pascal Volz in 1997. He was 13th nationally and third in the conference with an average of 97.4 receiving yards in 11 games. Topped 100 receiving yards five times .1,071 receiving yards ranks No. 6 on the team's single-season record list. Averaged 16.0 yards per reception.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Nevada-Las Vegas Opened the year with a bang in the ESPN2-televised game, leading the Lobos to a 24-22 victory Caught four balls for 75 yards in the first quarter, including a 47-yard touchdown, and finished with six catches for 132 yards Notched the fifth 100-yard game of his career in his best performance since the 2004 season-opener vs. Washington State Baskett also drew two pass interference penalties, including one in which he caught the ball anyway for a 48-yard gain to set up the Lobos' go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter All six of his receptions resulted in first downs, including two that converted third-down plays In the first quarter, Baskett snared 9 & 8-yard passes from QB Kole McKamey to set up a 37-yard field goal by Kenny Byrd A pass interference called on UNLV cornerback Ernest Gordon on a pass intended for Baskett moved the ball to the UNLV 47 in the second quarter and on the next play, Baskett beat cornerback John Guice in a foot race to haul in a 47-yard scoring strike from McKamey On the first drive of the fourth quarter, Baskett leaped over a pair of defenders and then raced down the sidelines to the UNLV for a 48-yard gain on a reception. Halfback DonTrell Moore then took the handoff on the next play and ran for a 1-yard touchdown to cap a 7-play, 75-yard drive Head to Head Competition -- CB Ernest Gordon.
Missouri Baskett caught ten passes for 209 yards and a career-best three touchdowns, helping New Mexico pull away in the fourth quarter for a 45-35 victory Kenny Byrd's 40-yard field goal snapped a fourth-quarter tie and Baskett's 9-yard touchdown catch from QB Kole McKamey with 2:01 clinched it for the Lobos (2-0), who scored 17 points in the final quarter The Lobos spoiled Missouri's home opener despite a record-breaking day from Brad Smith, and ended a 12-game losing streak against teams from the Big Twelve Conference that dated to 1983 The game had been tied four times before Byrd's career-long field goal put New Mexico ahead to stay with 4:22 to go Baskett's touchdown catch came four plays later on a third-and-8 pass from McKamey for a 9-yard score with 2:01 remaining Earlier in the second quarter, Baskett capped a 78-yard, 8-play drive with a 25-yard touchdown snatch In the third quarter, he grabbed a 41-yard option pass from tail-back DonTrell Moore, as Baskett out-jumped cornerback A.J. Kincade to come down with the ball For the day, eight of his catches resulted in first downs, with three coming on third-down plays Baskett also added seven knockdown blocks His 209 yards receiving rank fifth on the school's game-record list, topped only by Emilio Vallez (257 vs. Texas-El Paso in 1967) and Terance Mathis (252 vs. Utah in 1989, 238 vs. Wyoming in 1986 and 214 vs. Arkansas in 1987) Baskett became the third Lobo ever to tally 200 yards receiving in a game His three touchdown receptions tied a UNM single-game record held by five others, most recently Pascal Volz against Texas Christian in 1997 For his performance vs. Missouri, Baskett was named MWC Player of the Week for the first time in his career After the game, UNM head coach Rocky Long had this to say about Baskett's performance, "Baskett is a great player, the only problem is he plays for us and nobody in the country knows, but he'll be a top draft choice and he's as good as any wide receiver in the Big 12. You all just don't know who he is. He has great concentration, he's got really good hands and he's a 7-foot high jumper. Everybody keeps telling me he's not fast, but I keep seeing him behind people all the time so I guess he has good speed." Baskett's roommate and Lobos QB Kole McKamey chimed in, "It felt great to see Baskett play, but it's no surprise because he's been doing it since I've been throwing him balls. He did it all camp and last week, he's a great receiver. The thing about Baskett is he's a playmaker." On realizing the connection was there with Baskett: "I think it was sometime in the third quarter, when we were both down on the bench on the sideline and he said to me, 'I'm getting open every time, just throw me the ball.' I've got all the confidence in the world in Baskett so when he tells me something like that I'm going to do it." Head to Head Competition -- CB Cal Washington and A.J. Kincade.
New Mexico State Followed with a season-low three catches for 58 yards, but two of those grabs converted third-down plays into first downs Added three knockdown blocks, including two on a sensational 71-yard touchdown run by Kole McKameyin the second quarter. McKamey broke into the secondary, cut back and then got an assist from Baskett, who stayed between McKamey and the last Aggie defender for the final 10 yards Baskett also had a 46-yard catch on a third-and-4 third quarter play that was good for a first down Head to Head Competition -- CB Gill Byrd.
Texas-El Paso With his name now being mentioned with the other top Biletnikoff Award candidates (nation's top receiver), Baskett caught 6 balls for 66 yards, giving him 98 catches for his career, passing Shane Hall (94, 1985-87) and Keith MaGee (97, 1979-82) for eighth on the school's all-time record list Three of those grabs resulted in first downs, with two coming on third-down plays On the game's opening series, Baskett caught a slant pass from Kole McKamey for a 30-yard pick-up His second quarter 19-yard grab on a crossing pattern helped set up a 4-yard touchdown run by tailback DonTrell Moore, as Baskett made a key block on the right side of the line to level linebacker Thomas Howard on the play A 24-yard catch in the third quarter was nullified when UTEP defensive tackle Justin Hanel was penalized for encroachment The team was marching for a possible score late in the fourth quarter, but UTEP defensive back Quintin Demps pulled the ball from UNM's Hank Baskett's hands in the end zone as time expired, possibly making the difference in the Miners' eight-point victory Head to Head Competition -- CB Sir Delgardo.
Texas Christian Tallied seven more catches for 78 yards, including his fifth touchdown reception of the year and 13th of his career, tying Pascal Volz for sixth on the UNM all-time list Baskett also drew two more pass interference penalties, the fourth and fifth times he has been hit early this season Five of his catches resulted in first downs, with two coming on third-down plays, but he also dropped a pass, the first time all season he failed to hold on to a catchable ball On the firrt play of the second quarter (third-and-7), Baskett held on to a 28-yard pass from Kole McKamey, despite a flagrant hit by cornerback Quincy Butler, who was penalized for pass interference (UNM declined the penalty) On a third-and-goal from the TCU 6 in the second quarter, McKamey lobbed a pass that Baskett hauled in after he leaped over cornerback Drew Coleman for a 6-yard score But for the second week in a row, New Mexico self-destructed, as the Lobos had a season-high six turn-overs Head to Head Competition -- CB Drew Coleman.
Brigham Young Followed with a career-high eleven catches, good for 141 yards His eleven grabs rank ninth on the school's game-record list and were the most by a Lobo since Eric Morgan snared twelve passes vs. New Mexico State in 1990 Nine of his catches were good for first downs, including two that he converted on third-down plays Baskett also collected five knockdown blocks, including one that brought down linebacker Paul Walkenhorst on a 2-yard touchdown run by QB Kole McKamey midway through the second quarter. Baskett helped set up that 10-play, 76-yard scoring drive with 7 & 9-yard catches Later in the second quarter, Baskett kept a 91-yard, 10-play drive alive with a third-and-4 7-yard catch for a first down, followed by a 43-yarder (BYU looked as if it would hold the Lobos on third-and-one when Daniel Marquardt appeared to have McKamey for a sack; however, the junior quarterback scrambled and connected with Baskett). BYU cornerback Justin Robinson was then penalized for interfering with a pass intended for Baskett (first of three times that BYU would be flagged for pass interference vs. Baskett), moving the ball to the BYU 7-yard line. Two plays later, DonTrell Moore would run for a 1-yard score with 0:18 left in the first half In the third quarter, Baskett caught passes for 13 & 37-yards on an 11-play, 91-yard drive that was capped with a 24-yard field goal by Kenny Byrd Late in the fourth quarter, the Lobos were trailing 27-24. On a third-and-4 pass from McKamey at the UNM 49, Baskett caught a pass in the backfield, but BYU cornerback Nathan Soelberg tackled him for a 2-yard loss and the Cougars then ran out the clock to seal the victory for BYU Baskett's 141 yards gave him 1.901 for his career, moving him to sixth on the school's all-time record list The three pass interference penalties vs. BYU was the sixth, seventh and eighth that Baskett has drawn in 2005 The 141 yards marked the fifth time in his last nine games that Baskett totaled over 100 yards receiving in a contest Despite his stellar performance, Baskett was not pleased with his efforts and said after the game, "I feel real bad right now. It was a battle the whole time. It came down to them making a few more plays than us. The (UNM) offense had a pretty good day. We were beating them physically and they were giving up. We just didn't make enough plays." Head to Head Competition -- CB Justin Robinson.
Wyoming Limited to 12 yards on a pair of catches, but had a 9-yard grab on a third-and-8 play at the start of the third quarter to keep a 14-play, 80-yard drive alive that was capped by a 6-yard touchdown run by halfback DonTrell Moore Head to Head Competition -- CB Derrick Martin.
San Diego State Bounced back with 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns on seven receptions Six of Baskett's catches were good for first downs, including conversion of three third-down plays New Mexico scored on its first five possessions and limited San Diego State to 115 yards total offense as they took a 30-3 lead into halftime Following a 19-yard pass play from QB Kole McKamey to Baskett, McKamey hit Travis Brown for a 17-yard touchdown on New Mexico's opening drive In the second quarter, Baskett had a 39-yard catch, followed by an 11-yard touchdown catch The Lobos used a nine-play, 89-yard drive to go up 40-10 in the third quarter when McKamey hit Baskett for a scoring reception, a 10-yarder that was set up when Aztec cornerback Marcus Demps was penalized for grabbing Baskett's face mask on a 24-yard catch four plays earlier Baskett also had a 19-yard grab that was followed by a 4-yard touchdown run by DonTrell Moore Baskett went over 100 yards receiving for the fourth time this season and eighth time in his career He is now fourth all-time at UNM with 15 career receiving touchdowns Also passed former teammate Dwight Counter for sixth on the career receptions list (125) and is just behind Counter at number-five on the career yardage list (2,054) Head to Head Competition -- CB Marcus Demps.
Colorado State Made five catches for 91 yards and touchdown In the second quarter,
Lobo freshman linebacker Zach Arnett stopped CSU's Kyle Bell just short on fourth-and-1 and New Mexico took over at the Rams' 49. On the first play, QB Kole McKamey threw to Baskett just inside the end zone. CSU defensive back Robert Herbert tried to bat the ball away but missed and Baskett caught it for a 51-yard score Baskett's 91 yards gave him 2,145 for his career, moving Baskett into third place on the school's career-record list
Head to Head Competition -- CB Robert Herbert.
Utah Tremendous game, carrying a Lobo offense that was playing with a new starting QB for the first time in 16 games caught 8 passes for 135 yards, including a 50-yard TD to help lead UNM to a pivotal road win won the battle in his match-up against reigning MWC Defensive Player of the Week Eric Weddle, who had limited Wyoming star WR Jovon Bouknight to 4 receptions for 43 yards the previous week exploded for 80 yards on three 2nd half catches as UNM rallied from an 8-point halftime deficit forced Weddle into 2 pass interference penalties, including one which he caught anyway for a 27-yard gain his 50-yard TD came two plays later on 3rd-and-5 play in the 3rd quarter he caught the pass in double coverage down the sideline, brushed off a hit by the Utah safety, and ran roughly 25 yards for the score.
Air Force Was double-teamed on every play and only thrown to 6 times finished with a season-low 2 catches for 8 yards and drew a pass interference penalty saw only 2 passes come his way after starting QB Chris Nelson was knocked out of the game in the 3rd quarter.
All-Mountain West Conference second-team choice by The NFL Draft Report, earning honorable mention from the league's media Academic All-MWC choice for the third season Added Academic All-District accolades Started every game, despite being bothered late in the season with a left knee medial collateral ligament sprain and a groing pull Still managed to lead the team with a career-high 54 receptions for 908 yards (16.8 avg) and three touchdowns His 54 catches were the most by a New Mexico player since Martinez Williams caught 60 passes in 1999 His 908 yards were the most by a Lobo player since Pascal Volz totaled 1,229 yards in 1997 and rank ninth on the school's single-season record list Thirty of his catches were good for first downs, including converting seven third-down plays Had key catches on ten touchdown drives and three drives that resulted in field goals Gained over 100 yards receiving in four contests Recorded a solo tackle and gained two yards on a reverse Also attempted two passes As a blocker, he was credited with fifteen knockdowns on scoring drives.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Washington State Opened the season in explosive fashion, grabbing nine passes for 165 yards Four of those grabs were good for first downs, including three that he converted on third-down plays In the second quarter, QB Kole McKamey hit Baskett with a 10-yard pass, but WSU linebacker Will Derting was penalized 15 yards (good for a first down) for roughing the passer (10:09) Baskett hauled in a 64-yarder for a first down on a screen pass that McKamey threw in the third quarter. Baskett broke several tackles before he was brought down at the WSU 16, but that set up Adrian Byrd's 1-yard scoring run that capped a 5-play, 80-yard drive Rocked cornerback Alex Teems back on his heels and then slipped past the defender to make a 45-yard catch for a first down on a post pattern thrown by McKamey. Four plays later, Byrd would run for a 2-yard touchdown to conclude an 87-yard, 14-play drive at the end of the third quarter Head to Head Competition -- CB-Karl Paymah.
Texas Tech Followed with six catches for 99 yards and a 7-yard touchdown, adding two yards on a reverse Five of those receptions resulted in first downs In the second quarter, Baskett gained 2 yards on a reverse and two plays later, he leaped over cornerback Khalid Nazirudden to haul in a 35-yard pass from Kole McKamey for a first down. Three plays later, Baskett again out-jumped Nazirudden to bring down a 7-yard pass for a touch-down pass thrown by McKamey, completing an 8-play, 68-yard drive In the fourth quarter, Baskett's 21-yard catch set up Wes Zunker's 44-yard field goal Head to Head Competition -- CB-Khalid Nazirudden.
Oregon State Snared three passes for 22 yards, including a 27-yard grab of a Tali Ena pass for a first down Head to Head Competition -- CB-Brandon Browner.
New Mexico State Limited to 18 yards on a pair of catches In the first quarter on a third-and-19 pass by Kole McKamey thrown from the UNM 18, Aggies strong safety Dominique Jacobs was penalized ten yards for holding Baskett and two plays later, D.D. Cox would run for a 10-yard touchdown for the Lobos Head to Head Competition -- CB-Shukree Shabazz.
Utah Gained 75 yards on four receptions, converting two of those grabs into first downs, including one on a third-down play Attempted two passes on reverses, made a pair of knockdown blocks and also recorded a solo tackle On the game's third play of the game from scrimmage, Baskett caught a 29-yard pass for a first down Later in the third quarter, QB Kole McKamey was intercepted by free safety Morgan Stanley at the Utah 32 and the defender returned the ball 30 yards before Baskett tackled him at the UNM 38 Baskett attempted a pass from the UNM 35 to McKamey, but the quarterback dropped the ball with 2:36 left in the third quarter Baskett added a 31-yard grab on the team's final drive of the game Head to Head Competition -- CB-Ryan Smith.
Air Force Collected 107 yards on five catches, converting three of those grabs into first downs In the first quarter, Baskett leaped over a pair of defenders to come down with a 57-yard pass for a first down Head to Head Competition -- CB-Nate Allen.
Nevada-Las Vegas The offense struggled and Baskett would manage only 22 yards on six catches Head to Head Competition -- CB-Charles Ealy.
San Diego State Followed with 39 yards on three receptions In the second quarter, Baskett caught a 9-yard pass from Kole McKamey and two plays later, Baskett snared a 26-yarder for a first down on McKamey's first-and-10 strike. Later in that drive, Baskett took down linebacker Kirk Morrison to spring McKamey for a 3-yard touchdown run that capped a 6-play, 80-yard drive Head to Head Competition -- CB-Marcus Demps.
Colorado State Despite being severely limited by a deep bone bruise on his left knee, Baskett still managed to make one of the biggest plays of the game early in the fourth quarter with UNM holding a shaky 16-14 lead and finished with three receptions for 88 yards and a 69-yard touchdown Two of his catches were good for first downs Also made two knockdown blocks In the fourth quarter, Baskett pulled in a flag pass thrown by Kole McKamey and went 17 yards across the middle in front of three Ram defensive backs, but then gave ground, side-stepped a diving defender and accelerated up the sideline, racing 69 yards, dragging his left leg (hurt on the previous play) behind him as he crossed the goal line for a score. The 69-yarder was the longest reception of his career and the longest pass play of the year for UNM, capping a 5-play, 80-yard drive Head to Head Competition -- CB-Brandon Cathy.
Brigham Young Totaled 125 yards on four catches with a 31-yard touchdown Four of his catches resulted in first downs, including one on a third-down play Added a pair of knockdown blocks In the first quarter, QB Kole McKamey found Baskett for a 38-yard over-the-shoulder grab and a first down. Later in that drive, Baskett cut blocked linebacker Brady Poppinga to spring Marcus Smith for a 15-yard touchdown that concluded an 80-yard, 3-play drive McKamey hit Baskett with a 31-yard scoring strike later in that quarter Baskett also made a spectacular one-handed catch for a 26-yard gain in the third quarter In the fourth quarter, he pulled in a 23-yard reception to set up his key block that leveled Poppinga again to spring tailback Dontrell Moore for a 1-yard game-winning touchdown in a 21-14 decision Head to Head Competition -- CB-Aaron Francisco.
Wyoming Caught four passes for 33 yards Head to Head Competition -- CB-Derrick Martin.
Navy (Emerald Bowl) Closed out the year with his fourth 100-yard performance, catching five passes for 115 yards while making three knockdowns All five of his catches were good for first downs In the second quarter, Baskett rocked cornerback Hunter Reddick back on his heels and then blew past him for a 53-yard gain and a first down on a pass from McKamey at the UNM 14 and then took down linebacker Lane Jackson to clear a rush lane used by Rodney Ferguson for a 4-yard scoring run that finished a 6-play, 88-yard drive Midway through that quarter, Baskett caught a 23-yard pass from McKamey and later in that drive, Baskett shoved defensive end Jeff Vanek to the ground as McKamey took Baskett's lead block into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown run Credited with another first down on a 23-yard pass from McKamey in the fourth quarter, as Navy was also penalized 10 yards when Vanek roughed up McKamey Head to Head Competition -- CB-Hunter Reddick.
Academic All-Mountain West Conference selection Played in every game, starting vs. Brigham Young and Wyoming Finished third on the team with 17 receptions for 288 yards (16.9 avg) and three touchdowns Completed one of two pass attempts for 46 yards and an interception Recorded four tackles (3 solos) and blocked a punt on special teams Added 25 yards on a punt return Despite catching only 17 passes, Baskett turned fourteen of those grabs into first downs, including converting four third-down plays Eleven of his catches came on Lobo scoring drives (eight touchdowns, three field goals) Also served as the team's backup punter.
|2003 Game Analysis|
Texas State Gained 31 yards on two receptions with a 20-yard score In the first quarter, Baskett caught an 11-yard pass from QB Casey Kelly for a first down and three plays later, Baskett took down cornerback Derrick Straughter as Mike Augustyniak grabbed a 14-yard pass from Kelly and raced to the end zone for a touchdown (14:55 of the second quarter) He closed out the game by catching a fourth quarter 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Tali Ena.
Texas Tech Both of his catches were good for first downs, totaling 37 yards.
Brigham Young Earned his first career start, making an assisted tackle with a 10-yard kickoff return In the second quarter, QB Casey Kelly fumbled the ball after being tackled by linebacker Colby Bockwoldt, but the defender would not advance the ball when Baskett and offensive lineman Claude Terrell tackled the Cougar.
Washington State Added a 5-yard catch and a solo tackle In the second quarter, Wes Zunker kicked off 62 yards to the WSU 1, where Sammy Moore fielded the ball and returned it 48 yards before Baskett tackled him when he caught Moore from behind.
New Mexico State With only eight receptions for his career to date, Baskett registered his fourth touchdown grab, hauling in a 7-yard scoring toss with one hand (left) from Kole McKamey on a third-and-goal play from the NMSU 7 in the fourth quarter, as cornerback Spencer Moore was flagged for pass interference on that play for holding on to Baskett's right arm.
Utah State Had a 13-yard reception for a first down on a second-and-11 pass from Casey Kelly and later in that drive, Baskett cleared a rush lane when he upended linebacker John Chick to spring tailback D.D. Cox for a 6-yard touchdown that capped an 11-play, 87-yard drive in the fourth quarter.
San Diego State Snared a pair of passes (both good for first downs) for 41 yards and blocked a punt, adding 25 yards on a punt return In the second quarter, Baskett brought the crowd to its feet as he literally laid himself out to block Seth Santoro's punt at the SDSU 39. Teammate Billy Strother recovered the ball and ran 14 yards for a touchdown In the third quarter, Baskett gained 13 yards and a first down on a pass from Casey Kelly, setting up Wes Zunker's 21-yard field goal that finished a 69-yard, 14-play drive.
Utah Only gained 22 yards on three catches, but all of his grabs came in the final two minutes of the first half to give the Lobos a lead they kept in a 47-35 victory In the second quarter, n a first-and-15 play from the UNM 16, Casey Kelly hit Baskett with a 7-yarder and two plays later (third-and-6, UNM 25), they both connected on a 6-yard pass play for a first down, followed by a 9-yard catch from the Utah 21, setting up Wes Zunker's 24-yard field goal two plays later In the third quarter, Baskett caught a two-point conversion pass after a DonTrell Moore 35-yard touchdown run.
Nevada-Las Vegas Gained 48 yards on two catches, including one that resulted in a first down In the first quarter, Casey Kelly threw a pass to Baskett for a 39-yard gain and four plays later, Baskett took down linebacker Adam Seward as tailback DonTrell Moore took a handoff and threw a 21-yard touchdown to Adrian Boyd that concluded an 80-yard, 7-play drive.
Colorado State Baskett's second quarter catch of a Casey Kelly pass resulted in a first down and a 22-yard gain, setting up DonTrell Moore's 45-yard touchdown run.
Air Force His 42-yard catch in the third quarter on a throw by Kelly set up Wes Zunker's 23-yard field goal.
Wyoming Attempted a pass that was intercepted and made a solo tackle In the second quarter, the Lobos' Aaron Barret boomed a 62-yard kickoff to the UW 3 that was fielded by Jovon Bouknight, who returned the ball 22 yards before Baskett tackled him at the UW 25 In the third quarter, Baskett took a snap from Kelly and unleashed a deep pass, but the receiver fell down and Wyoming's Chris Dixon intercepted it at the UW 3, killing a 37-yard, 5-play drive.
Oregon State (Las Vegas Bowl) Had a solid all-around game, catching one pass for a 27-yard touchdown, while also throwing a pass for a 46-yard gain and making a solo tackle On the first play of the game, Aaron Barrett kicked off 65 yards to the OSU goal line, where Harvey Whiten fielded the ball and returned it 17 yards before Baskett tackled him Later in the first quarter, Casey Kelly threw a 27-yard touchdown to Baskett that concluded a 5-play, 49-yard drive In the fourth quarter, Baskett took a handoff and threw the ball 46 yards to Dwight Counter, setting up Kole McKamey's 17-yard touchdown toss to Counter three plays later.
Academic All-MWC selection Baskett suffered a neck and spinal concussion injury during practice on August 14 that required him to be taken off the field on a backboard and admitted to University Hospital with minimal movement in his extremities for several hours He was forced to sit out the next two months, missing seven games before being cleared for contact on October 6 He finished with only two catches for 21 yards (10.5 avg), but both were good for touchdowns Also recorded three tackles.
|2002 Game Analysis|
Utah State Made his collegiate debut by catching two passes for 21 yards His first career grab was good for a 9-yard touchdown in the second quarter (2:17) He followed with a 12-yard touchdown catch in overtime, but the Lobos would fail to make their point after attempt, finishing with a tough 45-44 loss.
Utah and Wyoming Recorded a tackle in each game.
UCLA (Las Vegas Bowl) In the second quarter, Tyler Gaus had a 45-yard punt from the UNM 35 that was fielded by Craig Bragg at the UCLA 20 and returned 15 yards before Baskett tackled him at the UCLA 35 (4:43).
Redshirted as a freshman.
2002: Suffered a spinal concussion on Aug. 14 during fall camp and was taken off the field on a backboard. He was admitted to University Hospital with minimal movement in his extremities for several hours and sat idle for nearly two months before being cleared for contact on Oct. 6 (sat out the first seven games vs. North Carolina State, Weber State, Air Force, Baylor, New Mexico State, Texas Tech and Nevada-Las Vegas).
2004: Suffered a left knee medial collateral ligament sprain and deep bone bruise vs. Colorado State (10/30), but refused to miss any game action, playing in the final three contests Suffered a painful groin injury late in 2004 that hampered him throughout the 2005 spring season.
Campus: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash 39.5-inch vertical jump 315-pound bench press 435-pound squat 309-pound power clean 328-pound incline press 32 7/8-inch arm length
9 -inch hands Right-handed Wears contacts 26/31 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 4.50-second 40-yard dash. 35-inch vertical jump. 9'11" broad jump. 4.22-second shuttle run. 6.80-second three-cone drill. Did not participate in 225-pound bench press.
Three-time All-Mountain West Conference high jumper who twice qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regionals, despite being the heaviest high jumper in the country.
2004 Outdoor Season Claimed his first MWC high jump title, after runner-up finishes each of the past two years, to become the first UNM man to win the event since 1994 Cleared a collegiate-best height of 6'11" at the MWC Championships (5/14), jumping four inches higher than his nearest competitor to become the first Lobo to win the men's high jump since Kimani Harper's victory (7'0 ") at the 1994 Western Athletic Conference Championships Baskett became the third Lobo to win a men's title at the MWC Champion-ships, all under head coach Matt Henry, and the fourth different high jump champion in men's program history.
2003 Outdoor Season Cleared an NCAA regional qualifying height of 6'9 " in his only appearance at the MWC Championships Recorded the same mark as the winner, Jacob Benson of CSU, but Baskett had more attempts Returned to his football training following the conference meet, skipping the regional championships.
2002 Outdoor Season Finished the year ranked second in the MWC in the high jump event, despite missing much of the season due to his football commitment and a mid-season shoulder injury Notched two victories and pair of second place finishes in his four competitions Was the runner-up at the MWC Championships, earning him all-conference honors, with a season-best leap of 6'10 ".
Attended Clovis (N.M.) High School, playing football for coach Eric Roanhaus Three-sport standout who not only starred in football, basketball and track, but also excelled in the classroom, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average As a senior, he played in six games at quarterback and four more at receiver, earning second-team All-State honors as a punter (handled those chores for three seasons) and receiver In track, Baskett was one of the nation's top prep high jumpers with a state-record leap of 7'0" at the 2000 state track meet in Albuquerque, again winning that title in 2001 with a 6'11" jump On the basketball court, Baskett averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats, earning second-team All-State honors Also was the Wildcats' Athlete of the Year as a junior.
General Business Management major who graduated in December, 2005 Son of Judy and Henry Baskett, Jr Brother, Randy Curtis, is in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea His father spent thirty years in the Air Force and now serves as director of a four-county program for abused children Nicknamed "Hank" Born Henry Randall Baskett III on 9/04/82 Resides in Clovis, New Mexico.