Quotes From The Tucanos Media Luncheon
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/29/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 29, 2009

Head Coach Mike Locksley

Opening Statement
"We are coming off a really emotional loss last week to our rival. I've talked about it before that when you loss an emotional game like that it's tough on all those involved especially our players. Dealing with some of the adversity we dealt with as a team I'm sure didn't help, but I thought our guys responded well and played well. We gave ourselves a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter and we didn't do that. What we are hoping to do this week is build off the positives from the last game. We want to try to continue to clean up all the unforced errors that have seemed to plague us all season long."

On whether the experience of playing Texas A&M will help against Texas Tech:
"When you look at the make up of our team, with the amount of significant first year contributors, having played at a place like A&M - I would hope that we were able to learn from that experience. We are one-third of the way done (with the season) and a lot of these first time contributors have played and been through some battles. I said to the team yesterday that [the New Mexico State game] was the first time that 22 of those guys, who had never played any significant plays for us last year, were able to be in a game when it was the fourth quarter and we had to make a play. I'm hoping to build off the experience they've had from playing. I would imagine that the Texas A&M game would be of benefit to us."

On how the players are feeling this week:
"Yesterday was probably the most sluggish Monday's we've had. Today is the day we will be able to tell. I told the coaches in a meeting today, it's going to be our job to lead these guys and push them through. The good thing about having the inexperience that we have. Most of the inexperienced guys that we have are just eager to try and get to the next game and get the win. Where as if you had a team full of seniors that were going through a tough year like this, where they knew that this was it for them sometimes its easy to cash it in. I think that youth serves us well in that we have young guys that are eager. If you look at the nucleus of this team that have made plays for us this year, they have been redshirt freshman and sophomores. Not to discredit the seniors because they have done a great job with the leadership of this team, but I think having so many young guys in position of significance has helped us."

On what concerns him most about Texas Tech:
"Mike Leach's teams always put up chunks of yardage. Most of the time they are going to spread you out and try to create mismatches with linebackers on receivers, but they've got two really good backs. The biggest growth I've seen at Texas Tech over the last couple of years is how they've played defense. They have become great on defense under coach Ruffin McNeil and he has done a great job defensively. They are probably a little disappointed in their tough loss last week. We are going in to a tough situation this week facing a team that probably feels like they've got their backs against a wall."