Stevens: Lobo Defense Shows Passion & Energy in Saturday's Scrimmage
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/09/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 9, 2011

Lobo Cherry & Silver Game is 2 p.m., Saturday (April 16) -- University Stadium

By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

It was exactly the type of play the New Mexico Lobos would love to see a few times during the 2011 season. Well, on the defensive side.

UNM linebacker Joe Stoner scooped up a bouncing ball that went into bounce mode after a botched exchange from center to quarterback and Stoner scurried 33 yards down the west sidelines at University Stadium all the way to the end zone.

Maybe the best part of this score was the energy the play produced from the University of New Mexico defenders. It was an energy the Lobos showed time and time again Saturday in a controlled scrimmage that also featured refs and whistles.

"I saw a lot of improvement in passion and emotion and energy," said senior defensive end, Jaymar Latchison. "That's what we need.

"I think us just turning just turning up those aspects led to a lot of plays being made on the other side of the line of scrimmage. On defense, you have to play with passion and energy. That's what drives you. When one guy makes a play, there is a chain reaction of energy that leads to more success."

The Lobos have moved to a 4-2-5 defense this season, but also have changed their philosophy in the box. Last year, the approach up front was read, hold your ground and then go to the ball. This year the Lobo front is more of an attack mode. It's read quickly and then explode to the ball or an assigned area.

"I like the fact that we were able to create some turnovers," said Lobo Coach Mike Locksley, after the scrimmage. "We had gone three scrimmages without a turnover. The defense had a couple of big interceptions and they flew around with the energy you need to play defense.

"I think the defense closed the gap today. They came out of this thing with some big plays and made some turnovers."

The nasty winds whipping through University Stadium made it difficult to pass the football, but there was no reason not to work on an area of offense that will be key to UNM in 2011 - the run game.

"The offense is coming along," said Latchison. "They are moving a lot faster and you can tell they are in another year of their system and just getting better at it."

UNM's Kasey Carrier, a 5-foot-9 junior, threw out 101 yards on 22 carries. Senior James Wright bulled for 83 yards on 16 carries and sophomore Demarcus Rogers had 65 yard on 19 attempts.

"I think I started off a little slow," said Carrier. "I was a little tired from the punt-team, but I picked it up as we went along. I think the whole offense gave good effort today, but the defense definitely came out strong at the beginning."

Said Locksley: "I thought the running game was OK. I thought in short yardage situations we didn't run the ball very hard downhill and that's something that we need to do consistently. When you put it on the ground, that's not good for us and we had some costly penalties. We have some things to clean up."

Stump Godfrey, who took over the UNM huddle in 2010 after B.R. Holbrook and Tarean Austin went down, had a solid Saturday of work. He ran for 63 yards and passed for 66 yards, going 7-of-20 through the air. He ran for a score and passed for two more TDs.

"I thought Stump did a good job," said Locksley. "We had a lot of wind out here and didn't throw the ball the way we would have liked to. Stump made some plays with his feet when some things broke down. Having an athletic quarterback like that helps us."

Austin, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, is considered to have one of UNM's stronger arms. He battled the wind to go 4-of-5 with a single interception, by DeShon Marman. Freshman Dustin Walton of Raton, N.M., went 5-of-8 for 33 yards.

Wide receiver Deon Long continued to look good on his routes and hauled in five passes for 53 yards. Chris Biren had three catches for 22 yards and Ty Kirk had two grabs for 19 yards. The windy day did not make it productive to throw the ball long. Biren and Long each caught a TD pass.

The Lobos will conclude spring drills on Saturday (April 16) with their Cherry/Silver Game that begins with a 2 p.m. kickoff. Admission is free.

"Spring ball is fun, and this is one of the best springs I've had," said Carrier. "But you still take a beating and will be good to give our bodies a rest and get stronger in the off-season."

Said Locksley: "The big thing is just the obvious thing and that's to continue to get better. I want to see the defense build on the energy we saw today. They have to keep running to the ball and creating the turnovers they are creating with that reckless abandon you have to play on defense. On offense, I want to see more consistency."

New Mexico Football Scrimmage Stats - April 9, 2011

Rushing: Kasey Carrier 22-101, 4 TD; James Wright 16-83, TD; Demarcus Rogers 19-65, 3 TD; Stump Godfrey 17-63, TD; Tarean Austin 4-4; Dustin Walton 7- -33; Lamaar Thomas 1-0. Totals: 86-283, 9 TD

Passing: Stump Godfrey 7-20-0, 66, 2 TD; Dustin Walton 5-8-0, 33; Tarean Austin 4-5-1, 39. Totals: 16-33-1, 138, 2 TD.

Receiving: Deon Long 5-53, TD; Chris Biren 3-22, TD; Ty Kirk 2-19; Michael Scarlett 1-11; Detchauz Wray 1-11; Jeric Magnant 1-11; Donnie Duncan 1-9; Demarcus Rogers 1-4; Quintell Solomon 1- -2. Totals: 16-138, 2 TD.

Interceptions: DeShon Marman 1.

Field Goals: James Aho 46 (wide left with wind); good from 40. Justus Adams good from 30 (into wind). Garrett Hentrup good from 29 (into wind). Jason Allen 35 (blocked by DeShawn Mills). Totals: 3-of-5

Tackles (Unassisted-Assisted-Total): Javarie Johnson (0-10-10), Joe Harris (4-2-6), Matt Raymer (5-1-6), Carmen Messina (3-3-6), Jaymar Latchison (3-2-5), Brett Kennedy (1-1-2), DeShon Marman (3-0-3), Dallas Bollema (2-1-3), Martize Barr (3-0-3), Chase Clayton (3-0-3), Toby Ball (2-1-3), Calvin Smith (3-0-3), Joe Stoner (3-0-3), Anthony Hooks (1-1-2), A.J. Butler (2-0-2), Jacori Greer (1-1-2), Reggie Ellis (2-0-2), DeShawn Mills (2-0-2), Jamarr Lyles (1-1-1), Ugo Uzodinma (0-1-1), Freddy Young (0-1-1), Jake Carr (1-0-1), Chance Aven (1-0-1), Mark Hunter (1-0-1), Destry Berry (1-0-1), J.J. Hugine (1-0-1), Devonta Tabannah (1-0-1).

Tackles for Loss: Reggie Ellis 1.5, Carmen Messina 1, Martize Barr 1, Zach Daugherty 1, Jaymar Latchison 0.5.

Sacks: Reggie Ellis 1.5, Zach Daugherty 1, Jaymar Latchison 0.5.

Passes Broken Up: Jamarr Lyles 1, Matt Raymer 1, Anthony Hooks 1, A.J. Butler 1, Chance Aven 1.

Fumble Recoveries: Joe Stoner 1, Toby Ball 1.

Scoring Summary:
Stump Godfrey 3 yd TD run
Kasey Carrier 1 yd TD run
Joe Stoner 33 yd Fumble Recovery TD
Deon Long 20 yd Pass from Godfrey
Kasey Carrier 4 yd TD run
Demarcus Rogers 6 yd TD run
Justus Adams 30 yd FG
Garrett Hentrup 29 yd FG
James Aho 40 yd FG
Kasey Carrier 18 yd TD run
Demarcus Rogers 7 yd TD run
James Wright 31 yd TD run
Kasey Carrier 2 yd TD run
Demarcus Rogers 4 yd TD run
Chris Biren 4 yd TD Pass from Godfrey