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Quotes From The Tucanos Media Luncheon
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/15/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Sept. 15, 2009

Head Coach Mike Locksley

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    Opening statement
    "I'm standing up here again after another disappointing loss this weekend. The only way I know how to right the ship is through hard work, preparation and sticking to the plan. The encouraging thing about these two losses is that the players have remained confident. They come out everyday and work hard. Much like the 48-hour rule (the timeframe the coaches allow for the team to celebrate or mourn wins and losses), they put it behind them. I still like the energy of this team and that's encouraging. As I've said winning is a by-product of preparation, hard work and execution. Those are the things we can control and as the head coach I take direct responsibility for correcting. It's not a matter of if we get it corrected. It's a matter of when."

    On who will be this weeks starting quarterback
    "Donovan (Porterie) is our quarterback and B.R. Holbrook is our number two guy. Like any other position on our team, it's going to be judged by production. I thought Donovan played okay against Texas A&M and had a rough outing against Tulsa this past weekend. It definitely wasn't indicative of the way he prepared for Tulsa. We are hoping to get those things corrected and have Donovan play well for us. That being said, as with any position on our team, if the position is not being productive we are going to find a way to make it productive."

    On this weekends opponent, Air Force
    "We have another tough challenge here at home against Air Force. They are a team that has been to bowl games the last two years. Troy Calhoun and his staff have done a tremendous job as coaches with that team. I've worked at two service academies and on the offensive side of the ball at West Point. I'm very familiar with that type of offense. Coming from playing two spread teams to playing the triple option attack is tough. We have to put together a solid game plan defensively, offensively and special teams and go out and execute."

    On whether or not UNM has the athletes to run the spread offense
    "We have good players in that locker room. The players that have been here five years have been to three bowl games. We do have players that can go out and execute, play smart football and play football the way it should be played. If you want to put blame on it put it on me. Don't put it on my players."

    On how he keeps his team motivated
    "It's only been two games. The season is broken up into three mini seasons, non-conference, the team down south (New Mexico State) and Mountain West Conference foes. We still have all of our goals within reach - winning record, Mountain West Championship and a bowl game - and they are still attainable. Our guys have been great about coming out to work every day with a blue-collar attitude. I have no problem with the preparation of this team or the effort part of this team. The execution part is what I have to get us better at."

    On dealing with the team as a head coach
    "I've been through this rodeo before. This is not a rebuilding process, it's a renovation. Sometimes there's a natural step back when you implement a new offense, defense and special teams. I know that the plan works. My faith comes in to play because I've seen it work. There have been years and years that I have seen this plan work. I know I have to find a way for us to execute better. On offense we are one play away from this thing really exploding. The offense showed confidence against a tough defense throughout preseason camp. Our defense played last game with great energy. They played in bad situations where the offense put left them with bad field position and they competed. That leads me to believe and have faith that we can still correct the mistakes and get this thing moving."
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