Aug. 7, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Lobo defense had three interceptions during the second half of practice Saturday to highlight the third practice of training camp. UNM continued with its split squads at the UNM practice fields in 90-degree heat. The Lobos wore shoulder pads and helmets for the first time as the intensity level continued to rise. New Mexico will be off Sunday but returns to the field Monday at 2:30 p.m.
"This was our first day in shoulder pads and I thought it went well," said Lobo head coach Mike Locksley. "Today was the first day that the defense got the best of the offense. We hope to take advantage of our day off tomorrow and use our time wisely. We need to get off our feet tomorrow and recover before our final split practice Monday."
UNM's defense was flying around the football Saturday. Junior Bubba Forrest was all over the field and made numerous plays. Sophomore Freddy Young looked confident and strong at safety. Young has emerged as one of the top players in the Lobo secondary.
With the addition of pads, the Lobo defense was much more physical. The linebacker corps led by junior Carmen Messina was able to stick their nose in on a lot of plays. The D-Line was extremely stout up front.
Cornerbacks Anthony Hooks and Emmanuel McPhearson had multiple breakups. Hooks has been in position for nearly four INTs during the last two days. McPhearson has been physical and showed his vertical ability today leaping up and deflecting a pass.
Offensively, sophomore RB Demond Dennis flashed his quickness during the inside drill. Dennis exploded through holes and darted into the secondary. Dennis led all UNM rushers last year.
Freshman WR Detchauz Wray caught three consecutive passes Saturday and made it look easy. Wray was one of only a couple receivers that were able to shed their defenders.
Monday will be the final training camp practice in Albuquerque. The Lobos leave for Ruidoso Tuesday morning and won't return until Saturday, August 21. Continue to check GoLobos.com for Lobo Football updates and training camp information.