SENIOR SAFETY Sidney Wiley
Senior Sidney Wiley is a returning starter at the lobo (free safety) spot and established himself as a solid, dependable player in the defensive backfield last year. He is a gifted coverage player and a solid tackler. Wiley picked up the defensive system quickly and is assignment sound, after transferring from Copiah-Lincoln JC in Wesson, Miss, along with Daniel Gawronski. This season he has notched 14 tackles, tops among members of the secondary. Wiley also has a sack, a pair of INTs, a forced fumble and two pass deflections in three games, while starting at both lobo and wolf safety. Against BYU notched five tackles (four solo) in 64 defensive plays. Wiley mad e six tackles and forced 2 turnovers in his first start of the season at wolf safety against Texas Tech. He also grabbed an INT off a tipped pass late in the first half, had a 4-yard sack and forced a fumble of Tech QB B.J. Symons to start the second half. Wiley against Texas State had three tackles and recorded his first career INT. In 2002, he started 9 games at lobo (free safety) and wolf (strong) safety positions with41 stop, including 20 solo tackles. Wiley tied for second on the team with 5 passes broken up.
Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the rest of the 2003 season?
Sidney Wiley: "To do my best on the field and play my role on the team."
Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?
SW: "I think I could improve in every area of my game to become a better player."
Q: What do you like about the defensive scheme used at New Mexico?
SW: "That it's unique and that their aren't to many teams that can run it."
Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?
SW: "I like to play video games and just rest when I am away from football. I would like to improve my game in basketball so that I can brake someone's ankles."
Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?
SW: "Utah State, because they called us everything besides our names and even the officials seem like they were against us too."
Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?
SW: "I'm taken a broadcasting class now that I like a lot. We are never in class, because we are always at the television station."
Q: What do you and your teammates need to do to accomplish your team goals this season?
SW: "We need to focus more and our effort level has to improve."
Q: What made you decide to come to UNM? What impressed you?
SW: "I chose UNM because I felt I could come right in and play."
Q: Who is the best player you have ever played with or against?
SW: "My cousin Odell Bradley."