Sept. 1, 2009
Head Coach Mike Locksley
Opening Statement:"Obviously as a team we have a great opportunity this coming weekend to go down and play at a place like Kyle Field. What a great opportunity for the Lobo football program. We've got a challenge ahead of us facing a foe like Texas A&M, but as most of you know that follow the Lobos, we like a challenge. We've had some success going on the road against BCS conference teams. As a program we're excited about the challenge. To play at Kyle Field is what college football is all about. I can't tell you how excited myself and the rest of the team is to go down there and be able to compete on Saturday."
On where the team's focus lies:"Going in to a game like this most of our focus has to be on us. So many times you go into a game talking and worrying about winning the game. I told the team yesterday that winning is a by-product of preparation and of playing with great effort, which we can control. You also can't go down there and beat yourself. We have very little room for error in terms of beating ourselves. Offensively, we have to take care of the ball and defensively, we have to limit big plays."
On his emotions leading up to his first game as a head coach:"I haven't really had a chance to think about it. That's the good thing about having a process in place when it comes to preparing your team. I'm in the offensive staff room helping with the day-to-day game plan. I told the team that in the quiet before the storm, in the tunnel before we come out, that's where hopefully - like I did when I was a player or as an assistant - that's where those emotions come out."
On being ready for specialty plays Texas A&M may put in for wide receiver/back-up quarterback Ryan Tannehill:"The minute A&M named (Jerrod) Johnson the starting quarterback - and you read about how competitive that battle was - we wouldn't be real smart if we didn't prepare. If you look at the fact that he caught over 60 balls for over 1,000 yards, he's a great athlete. I'm sure any coach would find a way to get him on the field somehow some way."
On New Mexico's quarterback situation:"Donovan (Porterie) is our starting quarterback. We are going to get behind him, we are going to rally behind him. I think we have two very capable backups in Brad (Gruner) and B.R. Holbrook. If something should go wrong I don't think that there will be much hesitance because Brad has gameday experience. He brings a different element to the offense with his running ability. Tee Martin has done a great job in his development in the passing game. I can't tell you how pleased we were with the progress of B.R. Holbrook. Coming from the spring to now he is like a different player for us."
"Donovan has earned the right to be our starting quarterback. We've been really pleased with the way he's progressed. You can see the leadership that maybe I didn't see in the spring."