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Q & A With The 2004 Team Captains
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/10/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 10, 2004

Senior Safety Josh Bazinet

5-11 • 202 • Panama City, Panama (West Mesa HS)

Former walk-on who has been voted Special Teams Player of the Year by his teammates the past two seasons...2004 team captain...has been a integral member of virtually every special teams unit in his career...also made a solid impact in the safety rotation last year and will start the season as the starter at the right wolf (strong) safety position...tough, hard-working athlete who has never missed a game (38 played) in his Lobo career...holds record for safeties in the power clean (340 lbs.) and squat (555 lbs.)...spent his early childhood in Panama City, Panama, before moving to Albuquerque...speaks fluent Spanish.

What's it been like coming from a walk-on to team captain?

Personally, it's a great accomplishment. It's been a lot of hard work. You have to work extra hard either way. Being named team captain is better than being the MVP of the league.

Are you the team clown?

I just like to have fun. I know when it's business and when it's fun time.

What's your role as team captain?

To be a leader and lead by example. Do what your supposed to do on and off the field.

What's your perfect day?

Wake up in a bed made out of money.

What does it mean to be chosen Special Teams Player of the Year the past two years?

I took it upon myself that special teams are very important. I think I played a big role in it. I wanted to help out the team anyway I could. I didn't try to win the award.

Where are you a year from now?

Working as a project manager or estimator for a construction firm. I did that last spring and summer.

What have you learned about being a collegiate student-athlete?

I've learned that hard work takes a lot of effort and planning. Nothing comes easy.

What comes to mind when I say Rocky Long?

Aggressive, but not in a mean way. Agressive as in wanting to win.

Best moment in UNM career?

Picking up the fumble (on a muffed punt) last year against Colorado State.

Advice to young kids?

Work hard, stay in school and try to achieve your goals.

Advice to Lobo fans?

Win or lose, come out and support your Lobos. And, not just this year, but for many years to come. It means a lot to the team.

Advice to true freshmen?

Get adjusted to college life and get ready for your debut next fall.

Favorite sport other than FB?

Wrestling. Collegiate wrestling, not WWF.

Part of football you need to improve this year?

Everything, but especially my speed.

Your favorite NFL team?

New York Giants going back to 1991.

Junior Tailback DonTrell Moore

5-10 • 208 • Roswell, N.M. (Roswell HS)

DonTrell Moore


One of the premier running backs in the nation who was voted an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated in 2003...was a second team All-America honoree by CollegeFootballNews.com...a two-time first team all-MWC honoree...2004 team captain...three-time MWC Offensive Player of the Week...2,584 career rushing yards are fourth all-time at UNM and he's 1,278 yards shy of Mike Williams' Lobo record of 3,862 yards...32 rushing TDs are already the most in school history...ranks second on the MWC career rushing and touchdown lists...needs just 246 yards to pass former San Diego State RB Larry Ned (2,800) to become the league's all-time leading-rusher...12 TDs shy of former BYU RB Luke Staley's all-time mark (48)...13 career 100-yard rushing games...has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in 9 of his last 10 home games, including 8 straight, entering the 2004 season...averaging 142.8 yards in his last 10 games at University Stadium...active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

What is your role as team captain?

I like to lead by example. Hopefully, I'm doing the right things and my teammates will follow in that role.

Whose running style do you most like to emulate?

Barry Sanders was always my favorite growing up. I loved his explosiveness and his vision. He's amazing.

What have you learned about being a collegiate student-athlete?

That it's very difficult. Football is just like life. There are a lot of trials and tribulations. Tough times don't last, but tough people do.

What comes to mind when I say Josh Bazinet?

Hilarious; one of the funniest people I know. Just naturally funny without trying.

The best moment in your UNM career?

The bowl games and the experience and atmosphere I've enjoyed with my teammates.

Advice to young kids?

Set goals and strive to attain those goals. A man without goals is man that is lost.

Advice to Lobo fans?

Be prepared.

Advice to true freshmen?

Listen and learn.

Will we see you in a Lobo uniform next year?

To be determined.

Favorite sport other than football?

Basketball

The part of football you need to improve this year?

Blocking. In order to be a complete back I have to become a better blocker.

Your individual goals for this year?

Not give up any sacks.

Favorite NFL team?

San Francisco 49ers since 1984.

What will you be doing after football?

I want to be a crime scene investigator. I think I can use intuition and the things that I've learned to help bring some happiness to people's lives.

Senior Linebacker Nick Speegle

6-6 • 250 • Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva HS)

Nick Speegle


Three-year starter at outside linebacker who has been a consistent defensive force since working his way into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman...2004 team captain...tough player who has never missed a game, battling through a number of painful injuries...two-time honorable mention all-MWC selection...was named third-team freshman All-America by The Sporting News in 2001...225 career tackles in 38 games, with 31 starts, including 30 straight...has added over 40 pounds since entering UNM...Academic All-America candidate who graduated in May of 2004 with a degree in General Management...posted a 3.97 cumulative GPA...is currently enrolled in grad school...2002-03 MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner...also an Academic All-MWC honoree each of the last three years.

What's your role as team captain?

The obvious one is to be a leader and to have everyone look up to you on and off the field. Do things right and pick guys up when things aren't going well.

What have you learned about being a collegiate student-athlete?

Time management is very important. Your life is school and football.

Where will you be a year from now?

I have no idea. If things go right I could still be playing football. If not, I'll continue working on my master's degree.

How were you able to graduate in four years and play college sports?

I made that goal when I first entered college because I had seen other guys do it. I wanted to have my final year (fifth year of school) be the most important footballwise.

How much did you weigh/bench press in fall of 2000? and now?

I weighed 210 the first day of camp and I ate all summer to get to that weight. My bench press was close to 300. Now, I'm about 250 and can bench press 390.

What comes to mind when I say Rocky Long?

Intense and passionate about the game. A good coach.

Best moment in UNM career?

Winning up at Wyoming last year and probably the 13 tackles at Air Force in 2001 in the first start of my career. I never thought I could play at this level. That game showed that I could. And Colorado State last year.

Advice to young kids?

Don't get discouraged. You can only stop yourself.

Advice to Lobo fans?

You're the greatest fans in the world. Keep supporting us no matter what happens.

Advice to true freshmen?

Again, Don't get discouraged. You have a bright future. There is a lot of hard work ahead, but it will pay off.

Favorite sport other than football?

To play, it's tennis.

Your B grades came in what classes?

I got a B in Biology and a B+ in Ethics, which is pretty bad, and one in History of the Crusades, which was a very tough class.

What part of football do you need to improve this year?

Be more of an impact player and make plays that change the game.

Senior Offensive Tackle Claude Terrell

6-3 • 338 • LaMarque, Texas (LaMarque HS)

Claude Terrell


Three-year starter on the offensive line who is a 2004 team captain...volunteered to move to strong tackle to shore up the offensive line...earned third team All-America honors from the Associated Press in 2003...named 2004 preseason All-American by Athlon and NationalChamps.net...two-time all-conference honoree who is the returning leader of a UNM offensive line unit known as "The Hitmen"...is known by his appropriate nickname, "Big C"...earned Freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America in 2001...38 career games with 37 consecutive starts...on pace to graduate in December...writes a weekly column, "Inside The Trenches With Big C," for a fan website...recently became a proud father when son Cade Elijah was born in April.

What is your role as team captain?

Come out everyday, work hard and lead by example. And, if something needs to be said then I'll say it.

The part of football you need to improve this year?

Pass blocking and film study.

Biggest adjustment moving from guard to tackle?

I have to read the defenses more.

Where will you be a year from now?

Hopefully, with my favorite team, the New York Jets. I like the big city and New York's a real big city.

What have you learned about being a collegiate student-athlete?

I've learned a lot of life's lessons. Everyday will not be a good day and you have to be able to bounce back from those bad days. Keep your head up when things are bad.

What will you be doing after football?

Hopefully, I'll be able to get two contracts in the NFL, then be up in the ESPN booth with my favorite analyst, Stuart Scott.

What comes to mind when I say Rocky Long?

Determined.

The best moment in your UNM career?

Utah 2002, a double-overtime victory, 42-35.

Your advice to young kids?

Dream

Your advice to Lobo fans?

This is the last time you'll get to see Big C in a Lobo uniform so make it out to every home game if possible.

Your advice to true freshmen?

Take advantage of every moment and every learning experience. It will make you better.

Favorite sport other than FB?

Basketball

What's most special about your son, Cade Elijah?

He's got a million-dollar smile just like his dad.

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