Q & A With Bryan Penley
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/28/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 28, 2003


Senior Bryan Penley is a solid, dependable tight end who has been an unassuming force in the Lobo offense once again in 2003. A tough player who is the leader of the tight end group with the most game experience. Penley is a capable receiver and a tremendous blocker. He is like having a sixth offensive lineman up front with 234 knockdown blocks in his career. A very consistent performer in all areas and was named second team preseason all-MWC honoree by Lindy's. Penley has played in 42 career games with 26 starts, including 24 straight and also plays on special teams. He is a three-time academic all-conference honoree and posted a 3.59 GPA last year. Penley enrolled at UNM in January of 2000 after spending the fall of 1999 at the U.S. Naval Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2003 Penley has five receptions for 55 yards and a TD and 56 knockdowns in seven. Against New Mexico State, his lone catch was an outstanding 8-yard grab for a UNM first down, after slipping during his route. Penley also added five knockdown blocks in 67 snaps. Against BYU recorded a season-high 15 knockdown blocks in 68 snaps, while at Texas Tech he had 10 knockdown blocks in 90 plays to help pave the way for the Lobos' 235 rushing yards. Penley had a career-high four catches and 47 yards, including a 6-yard TD from Casey Kelly and had seven knockdown blocks. In 2002, he led all tight ends with 17 catches for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns, which are the most receptions by a Lobo TE since Bryan Johnson in 1998. Penley is an outstanding blocker as well, posting 92 knockdown blocks on the season in 14 starts.

Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the rest of the 2003 season?

Bryan Penley: "Do my part to get this team to the Liberty Bowl."

Q: What is the toughest challenge in run blocking?

BP: "Stay on your block long enough for a big play to develop."

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

BP: "To be a complete player you have to keep working at all aspects of your game and never be satisfied with level your playing at."

Q: What is the most difficult part of running pass plays?

BP: "Keeping relaxed and just react. The passing game shouldn't be a thinking game."

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

BP: "I recently started playing drums and would like to become really good at it. My roommates are musicians, so I thought I would join in on the phone."

Q: Who is the best player you have played with or against?

BP: "Aaron Hunt from Texas Tech in my sophomore and junior year. He was both quick and strong."

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

BP: "Texas Tech. They have a great attendance from their student body and we are 0-3 since I have been here."

Q: What is the key to getting a knockdown block and how does it feel to get the knockdown block?

BP: "Keep pressing against your opponent until he gives in. It is a great feeling of dominance and power."

Q: What made you choose UNM? What impressed you?

BP: "It was an opportunity that presented itself after deciding to leave Navy. Not having to march to school and being able to actually have fun in college is what impressed me."

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

BP: "There is nothing like it at that level anywhere else. It definitely prepares you for the transition into the college atmosphere."