Aug. 17, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico football team gave Lobo fans plenty to cheer about during Saturday's annual Fan Photo Day event at University Stadium. New Mexico scrimmaged and went through pregame drills for two hours before conducting an autograph and photo session for fans.
The Lobos took the field and went through a full pregame warm-up before opening the scrimmage with live special teams drills. Senior defensive end Daniel Kegler got the crowd's attention during punt coverage drills when he layed a vicious block on freshman Marcus Smith.
The first teamers scrimmaged briefly before giving way to the second and third team players. Junior quarterback Tali Ena made the most of his day, displaying a strong, accurate touch on his passes throughout the afternoon. Ena, who is sharing back-up duties with redshirt freshman Kole McKamey, completed 14-17 passes for 166 yards and a 23-yard touchdown to sophomore Hank Baskett III. Baskett hauled in four passes for 56 yards on the afternoon.
Both offense and defense had their moments of success during the scrimmage. Sophomore Gabriel Fulbright displayed excellent potential at his new cornerback position. Fulbright, who played wolf safety last year, put himself in a position to make several plays in pass and run defense. Newcomer Art Haynes made a nice play early in the scrimmage, recovering a fumble for the defense.
The longest play of the night came near the end of the contest when freshman Tye Butler hit fellow freshman Major Mosley for a 65-yard touchdown. Sophomore tailback Daniel Ramirez also had a solid performance for the third team offense, rushing for 54 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Senior safety Sidney Wiley said the defense is progressing nicely after a bit of a sluggish start to fall camp.
"Now everybody's starting to come together and we're getting back to the way we did things last season, flying around and running to the ball," said Wiley. "We're excited to start the season, but I think we need the next week of practice to get everything touched up. By the end of next week, I think we'll be ready for Texas State to come in here."
Sophomore fullback Adrian Byrd said he believes the Lobos are starting to come together on both sides of the ball.
"I know the offense is excited for sure and the defense is looking nice," said Byrd. "We're just getting better and better everyday and I'm excited for the season to get started. The next few weeks, we need to get a lot of mental preparation in, but I think we're physically ready after practicing full pads for awhile now."
UNM FOOTBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE Aug. 18 - 23
Monday: 10:15-12:15 p.m.; 7:20-9:20 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:20-9:20 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:30-1 p.m.; 7:20-9:20 p.m.
Thursday: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Friday: 11:30-1 p.m.; 7:20-9:20 p.m.
Saturday: 3:30-5:30 p.m.