Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics
Aug. 10, 2010
RUIDOSO, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico football program held its first full pads practice Tuesday in Ruidoso, N.M. Senior offensive tackle Byron Bell dominated the Oklahoma drill, destroying any defender put in his way. The intensity level was high on both sides of the ball throughout the two and a half hour workout. The Lobos were eager to line up and start showing true potential. Tuesday was the first practice UNM has held away from the campus in school history.
"It was a physical practice and what you would expect on the first day of pads," said UNM head coach Mike Locksley. "We are a few thousand feet higher than Albuquerque, so the altitude training was great. It will take us a few days to adjust but it will be very beneficial in the long run. We were able to keep our normal practice routine and had a good workout."
Senior linebacker Cody Neely dished out some bone crushing hits Tuesday. Neely, who is making a case for extensive playing time, had the biggest hit during inside drill. Neely also closed practice with a jaw dropping tackle. Freshman Calvin Smith, who continues to adjust to the college game, was praising Neely after practice for his outstanding stops.
Junior quarterback Brad Gruner looked good for the second straight day. Gruner, who has been known for his ability to run, has shown improvements in his passing game over the last couple of practices.
Prior to practice starting, defensive coordinator Doug Mallory demonstrated the proper form of tackling and the importance of keeping your head up. The Lobo coaching staff stressed the implications and importance of tackling the right way.
Nearly two hundred fans watched practice. Fans filtered throughout the area catching a glimpse of the 2010 Lobos. Fans were spotted surrounding the field, sitting in their cars and driving by watching.
The facilities at the White Mountain Athletic Complex are phenomenal. UNM has three and a half practice fields. Two of the fields have goal posts.
UNM has its first two-a-day practice Wednesday at the White Mountain Athletic Complex. The Lobos will take the field in the morning from 8:05-10:25 and return in the evening from 5:15-7:30.