Q & A With Zach Cresap
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/28/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 28, 2003


Senior Zach Cresap is a second-year tight end who should continue to play a big role in the Lobo offense this season. Cresap is an outstanding receiving threat, but needs to continue to work to improve his run blocking. He improved his strength during the off-season and set the tight ends record in the power clean (350 lbs.) An academic all-MWC honoree last season, he posted a 3.26 GPA. Cresap transferred to UNM from Mesa (Ariz.) Community College and took his Mormon mission to the Dominican Republic in 1999-2000. In 2003, Cresap tied for the lead among UNM's TEs with 5 catches for 64 yards (12.8 avg.) in 7 games this year. His long reception was a 31-yard TD at Texas Tech. Cresap also had a 13-yard catch to set up the Lobos' final TD vs. Utah State. In 2002, he earned substantial playing time after coming on in place of an injured Mike Augustyniak. Cresap started 4 games in UNM's double tight end formation and had 7 receptions for 69 yards and a TD on the year.

Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the rest of the 2003 season?

Zach Cresap: "I want to do the best job I can and continue to improve."

Q: What is the toughest challenge in run blocking?

ZC: "My pad level."

Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?

ZC: "My blocking."

Q: What is the most difficult part of running pass plays?

ZC: "Running precise routes."

Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?

ZC: "Golf. Hobbies I would like to improve on are golf and building motorcycles."

Q: Who is the best player you have played with or against?

ZC: "Todd Heap."

Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?

ZC: "Washington State University, because of their fans."

Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?

ZC: "Spanish 301 with Miguel Estrada. He is a great teacher."

Q: What was the best part of your Mormon mission to the Dominican Republic?

ZC: "Being able to talk to so many people and teach them about my religion."

Q: What made you choose UNM? What impressed you?

ZC: "I liked the coaching staff and location."

Q: What do you do to balance athletics, academics and married life?

ZC: "I take it one day at a time and just not get overwhelmed."