Q & A With Jason Lenzmeier
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/26/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 26, 2003


Senior offensive tackle Jason Lenzmeier enters his third year as a starter and was recently voted preseason all-MWC by the league's media. The 6-5 312-pound native of Frisco, Texas was chosen to represent the program at the conference media day. Lenzmeier, who has played in 37 career games with 32 consecutive starts. was ranked the 18th-best offensive tackle in the nation this season by The Sporting News and the UNM coaching staff believes he could become one of the best offensive linemen ever to come out of the program. Voted team captain by his teammates this year, Lenzmeier has been the leader of a dominant offensive line unit for the past two years. As a junior in 2002, he was a first team all-MWC selection by The Sporting News and a second team all-Mountain West Conference selection by the league's media and coaches. Lenzmeier was also second team honoree by the Las Vegas Review Journal. He started all 14 games and played all but 6 offensive snaps on the season. Lenzmeier also led the team with 145 knockdown blocks.

Q: What does it mean to you to be voted a team captain?

A: It is an honor and is something that I will always remember. It means that others look to me to lead by example.

Q: What do you feel your responsibilities to the team are as a captain?

A: To play well every game and make sure things get done and done the correct way.

Q: What are your personal goals on the field for the 2003 season?

A: To win the Mountain West Conference.

Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?

A: I feel there is still a lot of work ahead for me and everything can be improved by working hard everyday.

Q: What's would you say is biggest thrill for an offensive lineman during a game?

A: Getting the key block that springs the running back for a long run and watching it on the Lobo Vision screen.

Q: How do you feel about the attention the Red Menace and fans in the north endzone have shown you and your fellow linemen?

A: The Red Menace is great and I hope there is even more of them this year. They provide a great college atmosphere.

Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?

A: I like to play basketball, shoot pool and hang out with my dog. I also try and play golf.

Q: Which Lobo teammate will surprise people this year and why?

A: (WR) Hank Baskett, he had a great preseason camp.

Q: Which team on this year's schedule do you most want to beat and why?

A: Colorado State, because the road to Memphis goes through them.

Q: Who's the toughest/best player you've faced on the football field?

A: (Former defensive end) Aaron Hunt of Texas Tech.

Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?

A: North Carolina State, because it was so loud.

Q: What's the greatest game you've ever watched or been a part of and why?

A: Beating BYU in Provo, Utah, because it hadn't been done in 30 years or so. I have never heard 60,000 people that quiet.

Q: How would you describe the experience of playing high school football in Texas?

A: It is very intense. On Friday nights, all there is to do is high school football and nothing else.

Q: What made you decide to come to UNM? What impressed you?

A: I loved the weather and I was very impressed by the coaching staff.

Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM?

A: Deviant Behavior.

Q: What do you miss most from home?

A: My mom's home cooked meals.

Q: What do you and your teammates need to do to accomplish your team goals this season?

A: Work hard and just play our type of hard-nosed football.