Aug. 22, 2009
There were plenty of highlights on offense, defense and special teams as the University of New Mexico closed training camp with a two-hour scrimmage tonight at University Stadium. Donovan Porterie completed 20-31 passes for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns, James Aho hit all four field goals and defensive ends Jaymar Latchison and Johnathan Rainey combined for 18 tackles and four sacks in the final full scrimmage before the Lobos begin preparation for Texas A&M on Monday.
The first half of the scrimmage was a full game-like simulation, including live kickoffs and punts. The final half was mostly situational drills, including short yardage, goal line, and two-minute action.
Here are some of the highlights from the action on a picturesque evening in Albuquerque:
The offense showed a promising glimpse of what it was capable of on the second drive of the scrimmage as Porterie and true freshman running back Demond Dennis marched the Lobos down the field...the silver-clad offense converted three third down plays before James Wright plowed in for a two-yard touchdown behind fullbacks Josh Fussell and Chris Biren...the total weight of the burly backfield was over 740 pounds between Wright and the two fullbacks.
Dennis had the best day of the running backs, picking up 51 yards on 11 carries...the rookie from Atlanta continued to display great quickness darting in and out of the hole and around would-be tacklers.
The defense struck right back as sophomore cornerback Anthony Hooks delivered a crushing blow on running back A.J. Butler...Hooks took advantage of a lofted flare pass, firing upfield to deliver the hit, which knocked Butler's helmet off...Butler walked off on his own power, but sat out the rest of the night,
Porterie had several sharp throws in the first half of the scrimmage...he connected with fellow senior Roland Bruno on a perfect 27-yard timing route down the sideline and later on the same drive hit a leaping Bryant Williams for a 19-yard score...later in red zone action he showed great touch on a 19-yard play-action touchdown pass to Fussell, who never had to break stride on the play.
Bruno showed great concentration on a number of tough grabs and also did a nice job of picking up tough yardage after the catch...he led all receivers with seven receptions for 58 yards
The going got tough for the offense during short yardage drills as tackles Kendall Briscoe and Peter Gardner left little room for the Lobo ball carriers...the offense stalled on multiple attempts up the middle into the teeth of the defense.
Rainey once again showed outstanding potential during the scrimmage situation...the athletic 6-2, 242-pounder gave the Lobos' reserve tackles fits, blowing up option plays and caving in the pocket en route to a 10-tackles, three TFL, two-sack and two forced fumble night.
Latchison grew stronger as the night went on and was at his best in the two-minute drill against the No. 1 offense...the 6-3, 251-pounder finished with 8 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks.
Aho once again faced a strong rush, but was perfect on all four field goals, including a long of 43...redshirt freshman Garrett Hentrup flashed a strong leg on several kickoff attempts, driving one seven yards into the end zone for a touchback...safety Frankie Solomon had a 25-yard punt return and a 45-yard kick return to open the scrimmage.
New Mexico Football Scrimmage StatsRushing: Demond Dennis 11-51; Kasey Carrier 16-24, 2 TDs; Andrew Banks 4-20, 1 TD; James Wright 8-12, 2 TDs; A.J. Butler 1-6; Donovan Porterie 6-(-3); Chris Hernandez 1-(-4); James Aho 1-(-14); Brad Gruner 4-(-26); B.R. Holbrook 5-(-38). Totals: 47-28, 5 TDs.
Receiving: Roland Bruno 7-58; Bryant Williams 3-38, 1 TD; Ty Kirk 3-30; Nick Wilhelm 3-17; Josh Fussell 2-28, 1 TD; Victor James 2-26; Quintell Solomon 2-23; Demond Dennis 2-19; Kasey Carrier 2-14; Chris Biren 2-9; Carmeiris Stewart 1-14; Jonathan Mader 1-10; Lucas Reed 1-6; Daryl Jones 1-6; Gus Bowe 1-5; A.J. Butler 1-3; James Wright 1-2; Chris Hernandez 1-2; Maurice Mears 1-(-9). Totals: 37-311, 2 TDs.
Field Goals: James Aho 34 (good), 30 (good), 32 (good), 43 (good).
Interceptions: Emmanuel McPhearson 1-20.
Forced Fumbles: Johnathan Rainey 2.
Tackles For Loss: Jaymar Latchison 3; Johnathan Rainey 3; DeAndre Davis 1; Frankie Baca 1; Clint McPeek 1; Mark Hunter 1; Dallas Bollema 1; Nathan Enriquez 1; Seth Johannemann 1; Peter Gardner 0.5; Kendall Briscoe 0.5. Total: 14.