Aug. 14, 2003
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The new and improved University of New Mexico offensive attack had an impressive showing on Wednesday night at the UNM practice fields. The first and second team offensive units capped the 10th football practice of the preseason by scoring 17 points in the 30-minute situational scrimmage.
The contest began with the first team offense and defense going head-to-head in third down situations. Senior wide receiver Dwight Counter ignited the offense with a 17-yard gain on an end-around down the left sideline.
Later, sophomore quarterback Kole McKamey and senior wide receiver Terrence Thomas displayed their versatility early in the second team scrimmage. Thomas took an end-around hand off from McKamey, sprinted right, then just before he was buried by a defender, stopped and lofted a perfect pass back to the quarterback. McKamey, who had slipped undetected down the left sideline, scampered into the endzone for a 35-yard touchdown.
The next session pitted the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 2 Defense, and vice-versa, with the ball starting on the defense's 25-yard line. Sophomore Wes Zunker connected on a 37-yard field goal early on to get the first team going.
In the ensuing first team series, senior receiver Rashaun Sanders turned in one of the plays of the night with his 15-yard touchdown run. Sanders broke three tackles, including a beautiful spin move, to get himself into the endzone. Sanders also cought several balls as he continued his strong preseason play.
"I thought the hitting was crisp when our first team offense and defense scrimmaged against each other," said head coach Rocky Long. "I think they're making each other better and some days the offense has the advantage, but some days the defense has the advantage. We're going to keep doing what we're doing, trying to make everybody better, for the next four or five days. Ten days before our first game, we'll start gameplanning and using scout teams."
New Mexico kicks off the 2003 season on Aug. 30 when it hosts Texas State University-San Marcos. 12,550 season tickets have been sold so far and over 21,000 have been sold for the home-opener versus Texas State. Single-game tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 25 at the ticket office at The Pit.
Full pads practices continue Thursday and Friday night, from 7:20-9:20 p.m. at the UNM practice fields. The annual Football Fan Photo Day will take place on Aug. 13, from 4-6 p.m., at University Stadium.