Aug. 21, 2004
The University of New Mexico football team took center stage for the first time this summer as the Lobos participated in a two-hour scrimmage under the lights at University Stadium for the annual Fan Photo Day event. Several players introduced themselves the crowd with their performance on the field before getting more personal during the autograph session. Sophomore kicker Kenny Byrd, a redshirt last year, got the evening off to a good start with several booming kickoffs into the back of the endzone. The Lobo punt block unit came up with a deflection and junior punter Tyler Gaus killed a punt at the 1 yard line to conclude the special teams session. Junior tailback DonTrell Moore had a few solid gains early in the scrimmage for the No. 1 offense before taking the rest of the night off. Senior D.D. Cox turned in his usual strong effort in relief of Moore. New Mexico's tight ends put on an impressive display both run blocking and in the passing game. Senior Mike Augustyniak continued his strong preseason camp, making an acrobatic 30-yard reception in traffic early in the night. Redshirt freshman Allex Alvarado picked up where Augustyniak left off, pulling in a pair of passes from Tye Butler, including a 10-yard touchdown. Junior transfer wide receiver Chris Brawley enjoyed one of his best practice performances. The 6-3 220-pounder made three tough catches and took a big step toward establishing himself as the starter opposite Hank Baskett. Not to be outdone, the new-look Lobo defense turned in several big plays and big hits. Junior middle linebacker Mike Mohoric returned an interception for a touchdown, while fellow middle man Chrishone Harris notched a pair of sacks to go along with his stout run support. Junior cornerback Gabriel Fulbright enjoyed another outstanding preseason practice, breaking up a long pass and providing tight coverage throughout the night. Senior safety Kevin Walton made sure he had the crowd's attention with several pad-popping hits. In addition, fellow senior Fola Fashola showed nice range and lateral movement as he continues to work his way back into peak form following last year's season-ending knee injury. New Mexico will conduct its final practice before school starts on Sunday night from 7-9 p.m. The Lobos resume their normal training schedule on Monday, working from 3-5 each day at the UNM practice fields. UNM opens its season on Friday, Sept. 3 on national television (ESPN) versus Washington State. Single-game tickets go on sale on Monday morning, Aug. 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets at The Pit ticket office or on www.golobos.com. Call 925-LOBO for more information.