SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER Michael Brunker
Senior wide receiver Michael Brunker could break through to become a significant contributor this season. He has outstanding athletic potential, but just needs to put it all together on the field. Brunker added 11 pounds in the offseason and has increased his strength with hard work in the weightroom. The wide receiver has also made great strides since coming to UNM in January of 2001 from Grossmont College, where he was a little behind physically and with the pace of practice when he first arrived. Against Texas State this season, Brunker had one catch for a career-long 24 yards in 11 snaps and was the holder on kicker Katie Hnida's historic PAT conversions. In 2002, he appeared in 12 games and caught his first career pass for an 8-yard gain vs. Wyoming. Brunker also completed 1-3 passes, including a beautiful 18-yard strike to DonTrell Moore vs. Utah State, and had a 2-yard rush vs. San Diego State.
Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the 2003 season?
Michael Brunker: "To help the team to the best of my ability."
Q: What was the biggest adjustment you had to make in your game when you arrived at UNM?
MB: "Coming from junior college, I had to adjust to a faster paced practice. I was used to sea level altitude in San Diego, so the elevation and increased pace was something I had to get used to."
Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?
MB: "Your never complete at any aspect, but if I had to focus on a certain area it would be strength and speed."
Q: What was it like to have a father who was a coach?
MB: "It's a positive having a father as a coach, because he taught me a lot of things about the game of athletics on and off the field."
Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?
MB: "My teammates at times call me "hustle man" because I have a lot of different things I can do. I have a bunch of side jobs such as hair cutting, painting, drawing, designing clothes and shoe, making cds and a bunch of other stuff."
Q: Which team on this year's schedule do you most want to beat and why?
MB: "Colorado State, because I have a few friends from home that play for them who told me when I signed here that I would never get a ring and this is my last chance to get one."
Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?
MB: "No place in particular, but weather wise North Carolina State was real muggy and hot, with rain and lightening."
Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?
MB: "I enjoyed public speaking, because it set up different situations where you had to speak in different public settings."
Q: What do you and your teammates need to do to accomplish your team goals this season?
MB: "We just need to stay focused and play how we all know we can play, because if everyone on the team played their best every play not too many team could hang with us."
Q: Has your sister given you any advice on how to balance athletics with academics?
MB: "Yes, my sister has given me advice on a lot of things that deal with being a student athlete."
Q: Which Lobo teammate will surprise people this year and why?
MB: "Fola Fashola, because his skills and "big hit" ability will get the crowds attention this year and it will excite everyone."
Q: What memories do you hope to leave behind for the UNM fans after this season?
MB: "I would like the Lobo fans to remember this 2003 Lobo team as a real special team, so that in 20 years from now fans will compare all the good teams to us, the 2003 team and the fans will say "Yeah this team is good but it isn't as good as the 2003 team."