LCSN: Wanted: Pistol Pete

January 24, 2010. Retrieved online: January 25, 2010 from Lucas Peerman, Las Cruces Sun-News

NMSU student who donned gear graduating after three years as mascot; two needed to fill cowboy boots

LAS CRUCES — Think you have what it takes to be the face of New Mexico State athletics? You’ll need to know when to pump up or quiet down the crowd, how to handle a (fake) pistol and how to bust a move in your Wranglers.

If so, you could be the next Pistol Pete.

D.J. Downs, the slender, wiry man behind the moustache for many Aggie sporting events over the past three years, is scheduled to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in journalism this May, and the cheer squad is looking for the right person, or persons, to fill his size 12 cowboy boots.

Well, the size of your feet isn’t as important as a the size of your personality, according to NMSU Cheer head coach Jessica Franklin, who supervises the Aggies’ mascot.

“We need that person willing to go the extra mile to entertain the crowd,” said Franklin, who will oversee Pistol Pete tryouts. “You need to bring that charisma, that energy, that dedication to every game.” All while dressed up in a full cowboy regalia — Wranglers, boots, chaps, belt buckle, vest, two replica six-shooters and holsters, a cowboy hat, and of course, the moustache.

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