New Mexico Lobo Football Opens Springs Drills on Tuesday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/20/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 20, 2011

Lobo Football -- Spring Drills
22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31
April: 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16
Note: Dates are subject to change.

Maybe as much as anything this spring, Lobo football coach Mike Locksley is looking forward to a few weeks of Lobo football practice minus the sea of walking wounded that battled and limped through the 2010 season.

The University of New Mexico used the winter break to get healthy and when the Lobos take to spring football drills beginning Tuesday, Locksley will see something he didn't see much during the tough campaign of 2010. He'll see a lot of healthy and fit bodies.

The third-year Lobo coach also will see something else his Lobos of 2011 will need -- a lot of new faces which will represent much-needed depth, and maybe a few new starters, for the upcoming season.

"Spring ball is always an exciting time," said Locksley. "You look forward to it as a time of teaching and getting better, but it's also a time you indoctrinate new players into your system.

"Finally, we are getting closer to the depth we need and that makes this an important time for us. We are continuing to identify playmakers and there are a lot more players battling to prove they can make a difference for us on the field."




The Lobo spring session ends April 16 with New Mexico's annual Cherry-Silver Spring Game. The kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at University Stadium. UNM (tentatively) has practices set for March 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31 and April 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16 (spring game). The spring game will be available via GoLobos.com. UNM will provide a live broadcast of the game as well as GameTracker.

The Lobos return 19 starters from 2010, add a handful of redshirts from 2010, who have the talent and the drive to become starters in 2011, including Javarie Johnson (LB), Lamaar Thomas (WR), Deon Long (WR), Martize Barr (WR), Zach Daugherty (LB), Earl Johnson (OL), Toby Ball (LB), Matthew Johnson (OL), Chase Clayton (DB) Omar Castillo (DL), Earl Johnson (OL) out for spring., LaMar Bratton (OL) and Detchauz Wray (DB/WR).

The new faces this spring isn't limited to the Lobos putting on the pads. Locksley also has four first-year Lobo coaches in Ron Hudson (O-line), Vincent White (running backs), Craig Jefferies (wide receivers) and Mike Woodford (secondary).

Locksley's offensive and defensive coordinators, David Reaves and George Barlow, were on the staff last year, but not in those roles. Reeves was the quarterbacks and passing game coordinator and Barlow was in charge of the defensive backs.

The Lobos return four All-Mountain West selections in tight end Lucas Reed, linebacker Carmen Messina, defensive back Bubba Forrest and kicker James Aho. The Lobos only lose one All-MWC performer, offensive tackle Byron Bell.

The Lobos posted a 1-11 mark in 2010 and open the 2011 season in a Mountain West Conference game on Sept. 3 in University Stadium against Colorado State. New Mexico will face seven bowl teams from a year ago, and the 12 opponents had a combined record of 88-64 (.579) in 2010. UNM faces four teams with at least 10 wins last season in Arkansas, Nevada, TCU and Boise State. The Lobos play four of their first five games at home and have two bye weeks this year.


Day - Date OpponentSite
Saturday, Sept. 3 Colorado StateAlbuquerque
Saturday, Sept. 10At ArkansasLittle Rock, Ark.
Saturday, Sept. 17Texas TechAlbuquerque
Saturday, Sept. 24Sam Houston StateAlbuquerque
Saturday, Oct. 1 New Mexico State Albuquerque
Saturday, Oct 15At NevadaReno, Nev.
Saturday, Oct. 22At TCUFort Worth, Texas
Saturday, Oct. 29Air ForceAlbuquerque
Saturday, Nov. 5At San Diego StateSan Diego, Calif.
Saturday, Nov. 12UNLVAlbuquerque
Saturday, Nov. 19At WyomingLaramie, Wyo.
Saturday, Dec. 3At Boise StateBoise, Idaho