April 1, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M. --- "Won't get fooled again." - Lobo football team defense.
The University of New Mexico practiced in full pads again Sunday during its fifth spring session, and the team finally took part of its first situational scrimmage with live tackling when it moved into the indoor practice facility at the end of the day.
Unlike Saturday's practice in which the offense was able to complete some deep balls on the defense, the defense either broke up passes or kept the football in front of it at the end of Sunday's practice.
The offense had a few big plays with the run, wide receiver Lamaar Thomas looking good on a 30-yard sweep, but the practice was more even between plays made by each side.
Coach Bob Davie stressed to his players afterward to try to enjoy the scrimmage situations; he told them he knew the coaching staff was giving them a lot of information to digest, but the scrimmage part was intended for both sides to have a little fun to break up the rigors of practice.
Senior quarterback B.R. Holbrook naturally remains the most polished among his group, which includes redshirt freshman Dustin Walton, junior college transfer David Vega and true freshman Cole Gautsche - all three New Mexico kids who are lacking only experience.
"All those other guys bring something to table," Davie said. "David Vega is a competitor. He's unorthodox, but he does get ball where it needs to go. Dustin Walton is a big guy with a strong arm who moves better than we thought. Cole Gautsche, we're very, very fortunate to have here; he should still be in high school."
Davie added that Gautsche has shown some ability to recognize defense. On Saturday, the Cleveland High School standout changed the play at the line of scrimmage.
"I didn't recognize what he audibled," Davie said with a laugh. "Maybe it was to a play he had run in high school."
Holbrook says picking up offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse's scheme has been an educational process for all the quarterbacks.
"We're trying to learn the offense, trying to do the mechanics the way (DeBesse) wants things done," Holbrook said. "(The coaching staff is) trying to trying to make it harder in practice than it is in a game. I think that's really going to help us in the future."
The Lobos are scheduled to practice Wednesday night from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and again from 6-8 p.m. on Friday night before taking the Easter weekend off.