Quotes From The Tucanos Media Luncheon
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/01/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 1, 2009

  • Coach Locksley's Media Luncheon Interview
  • Defensive Tackle Kendall Briscoe
  • Offensive GuardJoshua Taufalele

    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."

    Senior Offensive Guard Joshua Taufalele

    On UNM struggling offensively in recent season openers:
    "It's a different offense and I feel like this year we have a different mindset as far as the offense goes. This year we're trying to match the swagger of our defense and come out with the same intensity. Physical, mental, any aspect of our game you want, I feel like our offense can do it."

    On playing Kyle Field:
    "In all honesty I don't even follow anything else but what I do at our school. The environment does matter, it gets you hyped up more, but at the end of the day you're still going up against the person in front of you."

    On taking the field for the first time this season:
    "It's part of our motivation. All the work we put in and all the preparation we've had. Saturday is our chance to get out there and show people what we've been working on."

    Senior Defensive Tackle Kendall Briscoe

    On having familiarity with A&M:
    "Being on the D-line and going up against some of their offensive line last year, I have a heads-up on what they might do. I know a little bit about the quarterback. He's really elusive. I tried to chase him a couple times last year and he got away. We've just got to tackle him better, but he's good at breaking tackles."

    On looking at the Texas A&M game as revenge:
    "You always look at it as revenge when you lose to an opponent, but no matter if you won or lost the previous time, you still go in there with the attitude that you've got to win, got to beat the person in front of you. We still have a little grudge from last year. We just have to play cleaner on both sides of the ball."

    On people questioning the defensive swagger afrer the departure of head coach Rocky Long:
    "Oh, I think we still have tons of swagger. It's the players that have the swagger. You know Rocky wasn't out there playing for us. He was a tough guy, a good guy, but as players we have the toughness that's flying around on the field on Saturday. We're still gonna have the same intensity."
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