April 21, 2012
The Lobos caught their breath Saturday afternoon.
With three practices scheduled in four days, the University of New Mexico football team put the pads away on Saturday, practicing in just jerseys, shorts and helmets to give the players a light day before they return in full gear Monday night.
The team also practiced for two hours in full pads Friday night.
"NCAA rules state that you have to practice three days in just shorts and helmets," coach Bob Davie said Saturday, "so this came at a really good time for us. We need to get a lot of snaps in learn to play football, so this was a day that the player could just focus in on their assignments and don't get worn down."
Davie stressed that the team still needed to raise the level of football on the field. With only two practices left in the spring, the first-year head coach said the student-athletes have a lot to digest on their own over the summer.
"So much of playing football is not being paralyzed by overthinking," he said. "So when we break for the summer, we expect our players to learn their assignments. That way, they come back in the fall and can player faster and more aggressively."
The team is off Sunday but reconvenes at 7:30 p.m., on Monday night. Davie switched the schedule because senior left tackle Korian Chambers had a death in the family and flew home to attend the funeral. His absence left the Lobos with just seven offensive linemen, which makes conducting team drills more difficult.
The final practice is scheduled Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The first half-hour of each practice is open to the public.
BUMPS AND BRUISES: Senior outside linebacker Joe Harris hyperextended his knee Friday night and likely won't have any more contact in the spring. Fellow outside linebacker Tevin Newman is expected to be out for eight weeks because of a fractured ankle he suffered during a practice earlier this week.
JUNIOR DAY: UNM hosted 54 high school juniors, most from within the state, for the Lobos' junior day. The high school student-athletes toured the Lobo facilities and spoke to coaching staff following practice.