Oct. 22, 2004
Tailback D.D. Cox
6-0 213 Westminster, Colo. (Oklahoma State)
Second-year tailback who made a big impact on the Lobo offense last year after transferring from Oklahoma State...was DonTrell Moore's backup at tailback in 2003, but posted better numbers than several starting RBs in the MWC...is a more of a decisive, downhill power runner to complement the shifty Moore, but has solid agility and speed in the open field as well...uses a great burst out of the hole following his first move at the line of scrimmage...gives UNM a formidable 1-2 punch in the backfield...coaches have great confidence in his ability to power the UNM ground game when called upon...is an extremely effective runner when given enough carries...has recorded double-digit rushing attempts in 7 games (as of Oct. 15)...averaging 103 yards/game (721 total - 133 att.) and 5.4 yards/attempt when he carries the ball at least 10 times...4 career 100-yard games, all on the road...added 10 pounds in the offseason...worked with the offensive scout team as he sat out the 2002 season due to NCAA transfer regulations...academic all-MWC honoree last fall..CAREER HIGHS: Rushing Yards: 187, at Texas Tech (9/6/03). Rushing Attempts: 27, at Texas Tech (9/6/03). Rushing TDs: 3 (twice). Long Rush: 45, at Utah (10/25/03). Receptions: 4, at Texas Tech (9/6/03). Receiving Yards: 69, at Texas Tech (9/6/03). Long Reception: 43, at Texas Tech (9/6/03). All-Purpose Yards: 256, at Texas Tech (9/6/03). Total Touches: 31, at Texas Tech (9/6/03). Total TDs: 3 (twice).
You were at Oklahoma State before transferring to New Mexico - what do you think is the biggest difference between BCS conference schools and programs like UNM? You guys have played plenty of games against BCS teams over the past couple year, do you think people make too much about those teams being more talented than the so-called mid-major programs like those in the Mountain West?
"I don't think it's fair to label New Mexico a mid-major school in terms of initial talent, but at a school like Oklahoma State, they just have so much depth, and I think that's the biggest difference."
How frustrating was it for you to have to sit out a year after transferring and have your role limited to running with the scout team each week?
"It was real frustrating. It did give me a chance to get accustomed to the offense and learn everything. I took some good out of it, even though initially it was very frustrating. I had redshirted a year too, so unfortunately I had some experience with being on the sidelines."
How would you describe your running style?
"I think of myself as a complete runner. I can run inside, outside, make big plays and get the tough yards. I don't see myself running a particular style."
You average over 100 yards a game when you get the ball at least 10 times, are you the type of back who gets stronger as the game goes on, and if so, is that something you take pride in?
"I feel like I get stronger and more comfortable as the game goes on. You just get into the groove of the game after a few carries."
You and DonTrell Moore seem to have always been supportive of each other, despite the fact that you play the same position - how would you describe your relationship with him? How do you guys help each other to be better players?
"DonTrell's my friend. On the field, we go out and compete, and we both want to help the team win. We also realize the benefit of the other one - it makes us better players, and pushes us to work harder. There's no reason for either of us ever to be tired. Every time you're out there, you're fresh, and you know if you don't produce, the other one will."
Talk about the game you had at Texas Tech last year? How good did that feel leading your team's comeback while having the best game of your career?
"It was definitely fun for me, but we lost the game, so it was a bittersweet feeling. It was a good experience for me and showed what I'm capable of on the field."
What do you like to do off the field?
"Not much really, I just like to lay low. When I'm off the field, I like to relax. I spend so much time playing, I like to chill when I get a break."
What are your plans after your playing days are over?
"My number one goal is to get a job. I'm majoring in marketing, and working in sports would be nice. But it doesn't really matter at first, I just need to get a job and take care of the basic things. Once I do that, I can see what I want to do in the future."
Fullback Landrick Brody
5-11 246 Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster HS)
Veteran, dependable fullback who has been a solid contributor both on offense and special teams in his career...has really evolved as a leader this year...40 games as a Lobo...has good hands and can be an intimidating lead blocker...also a bruising smashmouth runner when given the opportunity...was a starter in 2002, backed up Adrian Byrd in 2003 and has split starts with Byrd this year...146 career rushing yards on 42 carries, and 7 receptions for 32 yards (as of Oct. 15)...565-pound max in the squat...nicknamed "Train" in high school due to his stature and blocking ability...high school teammate of former Lobo WR Dwight Counter...2004 (SENIOR): Has appeared in all 7 games at fullback, starting 3 contests...15 knockdown blocks on the year, along with 6 carries for 17 yards (as of Oct. 15)...at New Mexico State...Set a career-high with 11 KDs, leading the way through the holes as UNM piled up 321 yards rushing...nearly eclipsed his 13-game knockdown total (13) of a year ago in one night...entered the game with 2 KD blocks in his first 3 games of the season...just missed scoring his first career TD - twice...caught a pass at the Aggie 6-yard line in the 2nd quarter and rushed to the NMSU 5 in the 4th quarter.
Why did you choose to come to New Mexico out of high school and what did you like about the program here?
"First of all it was a really good fit for me. They had a lot of things that display the fullbacks' abilities, plus I had a high school friend in Dwight Counter who was already here. He talked me into coming and the coaches were genuine, so I thought this was the best placer for me to come."
Does it give you pride when you help DonTrell or D.D. to a big rushing day?
"It does. I know they look to me a lot of the time to make big blocks and help them break a run. I know fullbacks don't get noticed much, but I know when my friends the tailbacks see me making big blocks and look forward to running off my blocks, that makes me feel good."
Do you ever get a little jealous of the tailbacks getting the yardage, while you do the dirty work of blocking linebackers and safeties?
"Not really, I've been doing this pretty much my whole life. Hitting and blocking is what I like to do anyway."
You got to the five-yard line and six-yard line against New Mexico State, are we going to see you in the endzone before your career ends?
"Yes, I hope so."
Do you have any endzone celebrations planned?
"I won't do much. I had a cousin that passed away this summer, so I will give him a shout out and point to the sky."
The coaches have mentioned that you have really become more of a leader on the team this year. How do you view your leadership role on the team this year?
"I figure that since I have been here for five years that I know a lot more than the young kids know. Since we're depending on some young kids this year, I thought that I should help them, pat them on the back and lead them the right way, and that will make us a lot better team."
What's your best memory so far on the field in your career?
"I have to say 2002 at BYU, when Casey Kelly made a check to a play that we hadn't ran all week. DonTrell and I slid over and ran the option. I cut a man about 20 yards down field and we took it down to the five and won off that."
What's the best game you've been a part of as a Lobo?
"Utah 2002 - the double overtime game. "
What do you like to do off the field?
"I'm a video game guy. Claude Terrell and I are always playing college football on either Playstation 2 or Xbox ."
Is there anything about you that might surprise the average Lobo fan?
"My music selection tends to be R&B, so I sing a lot. If a song comes on that I like and I know the words, you will hear it from me."
What are your plans after your playing days are over?
"My minor is in criminology and I'm looking at something like a youth probation office, but I hope to work in some area of criminology."
Fullback Jesse Demarest
5-9 190 Albuquerque, N.M. (Eldorado HS)
Veteran scout team running back from Eldorado High School in Albuquerque who has been a stalwart member of the program throughout his career...was awarded his own jersey number by the team Leadership Council during the summer and was put on scholarship in August...is one of the strongest members of the team pound-for-pound, earning team Beefmaster awards each of the past two years for players weighing 200 pounds or less...has added 20 pounds over the past year...a redshirt in 2000...made his collegiate debut as a member of the kickoff team vs. Texas Tech this year.
What made you decide to walk-on to the UNM football team out of high school?
"UNM was pretty much the only school that had interest in me that I sent out tapes to. I also thought that the being from the hometown would help out."
What were your goals when you first started with the program and how has your experience compared with your initial expectations?
"I was one of the best players in high school and I guess as I started out I had to come to the realization that at the college level you have to work as hard as you possibly can to get anywhere."
What keeps you motivated each week as a scout team player? Is it kind of a thankless job sometimes?
"It is kind of a thankless job, but when you see the guys win, that's all you need to feel good about what you're doing. Plus you have to fun and make whatever you're doing fun."
How did you feel when you learned that you would be put on scholarship this year and given your own number?
"It was probably the most indescribable feeling that I have ever had other than running down on kickoffs a couple times this year. I just can't really describe how it felt."
How did you feel when you took the field for the first time this year and would you say that has been the highlight of your career?
"Yes it probably has been. Just being in front of so many people is probably just the biggest adrenaline rush you could ever have."
Talk about the weight lifting program here at UNM. How important is that to the team's overall success?
"I think it plays one of the key roles in how we play on the field. If everybody works hard in the weight room and everybody gets stronger, then chances are we will play really well on Saturdays."
You've won Beefmaster awards the past two years, how proud are you of that accomplishment?
"I would say out of all the things I have done, besides getting the number one, it is my biggest accomplishment because being the size I am, no one thought I could get it."
What's the best thing about being part of this UNM football program?
"The players - everybody around me are all my friends."
What are your plans after your playing days are done?
"Hopefully to get in the ATF or the DEA, doing something as a government agent."