Aug. 5, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico football team had an eventful first day Thursday. The Lobos opened 2010 training camp in shorts and helmets but monsoon rains adjusted plans. UNM took the field at 2:30 p.m. but had practice halted at 3:42 p.m. after rain/lightning invaded Albuquerque. Despite the delay and altered schedule, UNM maintained its excitement and energy for camp. The team returned to the practice fields at 6 p.m. and concluded the workout at 7:45 p.m. During the rain delay, UNM spent time in the weight room and in meetings.
"I was very pleased with our first practice," said Lobo head coach Mike Locksley. "I liked their energy and effort. It was like night-and-day compared to last season and everyone has been focused. When the whistle blows the players know where to be. We have their attention and focus on the field and in meetings. The first five days is all about installation but we have a lot to work on."
The Lobos, who are planning on using split squads for the first four practices, were full of excitement to start camp. The sounds of practice were in full force Thursday. Coaches yelling "Hustle Through The Whistle" or "Stay on Your Feet" could be heard through the south complex. Whistles were in full force and teaching was the main objective.
The defensive line was impressive with depth and size. The D-Line, who is coach by Rubin Carter, is led by junior DE Johnathan Rainey. Rainey was recently named preseason all-MWC and is listed as one of the top defensive players back for UNM. Junior DE Jaymar Latchison is back along with senior DT Peter Gardner. Gardner made multiple plays during practice and showed why he started 12 games last season. UNM added Illinois transfers Ugo Uzodinma and Reggie Ellis into the mix this fall. Uzodinma had an interception during practice Thursday.
All four quarterbacks were in action and rotated through multiple drills. Quarterbacks coach David Reaves stressed the importance of foot work and ball placement.
UNM will hold its second practice Friday at 2:30 p.m. MT. Practice is open to the public and fans are encourage to come out. The 2010 Lobos will leave for Ruidoso Tuesday, August 10. For complete Lobo football coverage visit GoLobos.com.