Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics
Nov. 17, 2009
Coach Locksley Press Conference
"We have a great opportunity this weekend against Colorado State - a team much like us in the sense that they have their backs against the wall and a team much like us that is desperate for a win. I see this game as a tough challenge for us. We have made some strides here in the last four to five weeks, but now we are going to face a team that is very similar to us in that we are playing for pride. Anyone who has seen a coach (Steve) Fairchild coached team knows that they are going to come in and play tough. They have somewhat of an advantage because they are coming off a bye week. I know they have been hit by the injury bug, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I see this being a four-quarter game in which we are going to have to play as well as we have played the last few weeks to have the success we want."
On the seniors' last game:
"This is a big game for us. It's our seniors last game here at the stadium which always brings some emotions to the game. For me, it's my first senior class to go through and it's a class that I have a ton of respect for in how they've gone about their business all week long. I've talked about it all year - about the job that these 17 players have done for me and the coaching staff and the program. The game is about the 105 players that wear `New Mexico' on their jerseys, but it is especially about those 17 seniors. They've been through quite a lot this year to show Lobo pride and represent this great state. I challenge our fans to come out and send these guys out the right way."
On where the biggest improvements have come from the past several weeks:
"I think it's the execution. Execution is where each individual is out doing his job. We have seen our guys in our offensive sets and our defensive sets doing their job. I've seen us have two out of the last three games where we didn't turn the ball over. I've seen our third down efficiency improve on both sides of the ball. All have been huge areas of concern for us and they have been a great emphasis for us. We are starting to see the things we practice come to fruition in the games. I think (sophomore defensive end) Jaymar Latchison
had probably the best comment when he said that his interception last week was the same play he made in practice. Those are the steps you want to see. We prepare our guys to do in practice what they would do in games. Our effort in our preparation for BYU - we played the way we practiced. We have to find a way to do that same thing this week."
On building on the momentum from last week's near-upset of BYU:
"I see our team being that type of team. The last three or four weeks we have been able to build on it, minus the third quarter in the Utah game where we didn't execute the way we had been the previous two games. We've talked about it with the players. The things that we did to move forward and improve on, we have to continue to do. That's a big part of our program that I have been most happy with. We have been the same team each week. We haven't changed just for the sake of trying to find answers. We have stuck to our plan and that plan is starting to come together the way I envisioned it. Obviously I'd like to have a few more wins to bring some validity to the plan and I think those are coming."