SENIOR DEEP SNAPPER Martin Lovato
Senior Martin Lovato is a returning letterman who has handled the deep snapping duties the past two years. Lovato is a former walk-on who was placed on scholarship prior to the 2002 season. He has played in 30 career games and quietly enjoyed a fine 2002 season on special teams, that has continued this season. Lovato is a 2002 academic all-MWC honoree and posted a 3.01 GPA. This season Lovato has appeared in all five games. Against New Mexico State, Lovato forced a fumble in the third quarter, which led to a Lobo touchdown. In 2002, Lovato appeared in all 14 games and made 3 tackles in punt coverage. His highlight of the year was the jarring hit he put on Utah returner Morgan Scalley to set up the Lobos' second TD of the day. After delivering a solid snap to P Tyler Gaus, he bolted downfield and blasted Scalley seconds after the ball arrived, forcing a fumble which he recovered himself. The Lobos scored 2 plays later to knot the game at 14. He injured his thumb in the first quarter at Colorado State and was sidelined when the Lobos had their only punt of the season blocked for a safety. In 2001, he played in all 11 games and did a nice job of replacing Joe Maese, who is now deep snapping with the NFL's Baltimore.
Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the rest of the 2003 season?
Martin Lovato: "I want a perfect snap every time and help the team with whatever else I can."
Q: What is the most important aspect of a deep snap?
ML: "For the snap to be accurate so the punter can catch the ball and punt it without worrying about where the ball is."
Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?
ML: "I need to be more accurate with snaps, however I could use work in all areas."
Q: What made you become a deep snapper?
ML: "In high school we didn't have a deep snapper, so I decided to try it."
Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?
ML: "I like to work on cars and do construction. I want to improve in both of those areas."
Q: Who is the best player you have played with or against?
ML: "Jarrod Baxter, he was a good athlete."
Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?
ML: "Texas Tech, because you are playing away from home, their team is always good and their fans are out of control."
Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?
ML: "Engineering Economic Analysis, because I learned a lot about money, interest and ways to invest."
Q: What do you and your teammates need to do to accomplish your team goals this season?
ML: "I think we need to play up to our ability and concentrate on what we are doing. We have all the right tools to be a great team, we need to put it all together."
Q: What made you choose UNM? What impressed you?
ML: "I would be able to play in my hometown."
Q: What is it like to be able to play in your hometown?
ML: "It's a great experience because I get to play in front of my family and friends."