Defense Answers In Saturday's Lobo Football Scrimmage
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/04/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 4, 2009

Lobo Spring Football Central

  • ALL ACCESS AUDIO: Head coach Mike Locksley
  • ALL ACCESS AUDIO: QB Donovan Porterie
  • ALL ACCESS AUDIO: QB Brad Gruner
  • ALL ACCESS AUDIO: DE Johnathan Rainey

    By Alfredo V. Moreno - UNM Assistant Media Relations Director

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It was vintage Lobo defense during the second full contact scrimmage of the spring football season this afternoon at the UNM Indoor Practice Facility. Senior safety Frankie Solomon set the tone with an early interception as the men in cherry controlled the action for much of the nearly two-hour scrimmage. The offense, however, rallied back late with a series of strong drives and solid execution during the red zone situational action.

    After practice Locksley complimented the defense for its high level of intensity and continued to encourage the offense to control its own momentum by making big plays when the going got tough. He also noted that with spring practice almost halfway over, time was running out for players to stake their claim to significant reps during practice.

    The Lobos have been rotating players equally at almost every position through the first seven practices, but Locksley said the coaches would begin to make decisions on first and second string positions next week.

    Coach Rubin Carter's defensive linemen had perhaps the best day of any position group despite playing without senior end DeAndre Davis, who will miss the rest of the spring with a broken arm he suffered during Wednesday's scrimmage.

    Sophomore defensive ends Johnathan Rainey and Jaymar Latchison combined for 18 tackles, including eight for loss and three sacks. Senior Kendall Briscoe and junior transfer Peter Gardner added a combined 14 stops and a pair of sacks from their defensive tackle positions.

    The safeties accounted for three of the defense's four interceptions. Sophomore Bubba Forrest had a pick off a dropped pass and senior Frankie Baca had a diving interception to go along with Frankie Solomon's 16-yard return early in the scrimmage. Redshirt freshman linebacker Trevor Tixier had the fourth pick.

    It wasn't all defense, however, as the offense began to assert itself during the second half of the scrimmage. Senior Donovan Porterie led the quarteracks with 129 yards on 13-20 passing, including a long completion of 39 yards to sophomore Michael Scarlett. Redshirt freshman A.J. Butler was the leading rusher with 60 yards on 14 carries, while senior Roland Bruno led all receivers with seven grabs for 73 yards.

    Hit Of The Day - Senior outside linebacker Tray Hardaway and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Mark Hunter share this honor. Hardaway had the cherry sideline howling with a crunching open field form tackle of elusive running back Terrence Brown. Brown snared a pass in the flat and was headed up field before being stopped cold by Hardaway along the defensive sideline. Later, Hunter came free off the left side of the offensive line and blind-sided redshirt freshman quarterack B.R. Holbrook for a sack. Holbrook was one of three quarterbacks wearing full contact silver jerseys today.

    Catch Of The Day - Another tie in this category, this time between junior Chris Hernandez and sophomore Michael Scarlett. Hernandez initially bobbled a 15-yard pass across the middle, but gathered the pass with one hand moments before being crunched by a trio of defensive backs. Scarlett picked up the long gain of the day with an acrobatic 39-yard grab over a well-positioned corner down the right sideline.

    New Mexico Football Scrimmage Stats - April 4, 2009
    Rushing: A.J. Butler 14-60, 1 TD; James Wright 15-45; Brad Gruner 6-30; Terence Brown 19-27, 1 TD; Emmanuel Yeager 4-16, Victor James 7-5, B.R. Holbrook 3-4. Totals: 79-218, 2 TDs.

    Passing: Donovan Porterie 13-20-1, 129; B.R. Holbrook 11-15-0, 104; Tate Smith 6-12-1, 59, 1 TD; Victor James 5-8-0, 55; Brad Gruner 3-13-2, 33 yards; Emmanuel Yeager, 0-1-0, 0. Totals: 38-69-4, 380 yards, 1 TD.

    Receiving: Roland Bruno 7-73; Chris Hernandez 4-49, 1 TD; Terence Brown 4-34; Michael Scarlett 3-46; James Wright 3-29; Chris Biren 3-17; Nick Wilhelm 3-8; Daryl Jones 2-43; A.J. Butler 2-35; Bryant Williams 2-16; Jonathan Mader 1-12; Steve Siciliano 1-8; Ty Kirk 1-6; Carmeiris Stewart 1-4; Lucas Reed 1-0. Totals: 38-380, 1 TD.

    Interceptions: Frankie Solomon 1-16; Trevor Tixier 1-4; Bubba Forrest 1-0; Frankie Baca 1-0. Totals: 4-20.

    Field Goals: James Aho 24 (blocked by Anthony Hooks); good from 27 and 34.

    Tackles (Unassisted-Assisted-Total): Nathan Enriquez 8-3-11; Johnathan Rainey 9-1-10; Cody Neely 5-4-9; Bubba Forrest 3-6-9; Carmen Messina 2-7-9; Kendall Briscoe 6-2-8; Spencer Merritt 6-2-8; Ahraya Crespin 3-5-8; Jaymar Latchison 5-3-8; Frankie Baca 5-2-7; Tray Hardaway 4-3-7; DeShawn Mills 3-3-6; Terel Anyaibe 2-4-6; Peter Gardner 2-4-6; Jesse Paulsen 3-2-5; Joe Stoner 3-2-5; Jake Carr 2-2-4; Anthony Hooks 2-2-4; Frankie Solomon 2-2-4; Julion Conley 3-0-3; Trevor Tixier 3-0-3; Mark Hunter 2-1-3; Brett Kennedy 1-2-3; Brian Hill 2-0-2; Seth Johannemann 1-1-2; Edrick Boger 1-0-1.

    Tackles for Loss: Johnathan Rainey 5, Jaymar Latchison 3, Jake Carr 2, Ahraya Crespin 2, Mark Hunter 2, Kendall Briscoe 1, Peter Gardner 1, Spencer Merritt 1, Carmen Messina 1, DeShawn Mills 1, Cody Neely 1. Total: 20

    Sacks: Jake Carr 2, Ahraya Crespin 2, Mark Hunter 2, Jaymar Latchison 2, Kendall Briscoe 1, Peter Gardner 1, Johnathan Rainey 1. Total: 11

    Passes Broken Up: Anthony Hooks 2, Frankie Baca 1, Edrick Boger 1, Tray Hardaway 1, Seth Johannemann 1. Total: 6

    Fumble Recoveries: Mica Williams 1.

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