SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER Dwight Counter
Senior Dwight Counter is a three-year letterman at receiver who is probably the Lobos' best playmaker in the passing game and has shown excellent ability as a punt returner as well. Counter combines great athleticism with tremendous leadership and savvy and coaches believe his performance in 2003 will help dictate the team's overall offensive success. As a consistent performer over the past two seasons, he is primed to become one of the top receiving talents in the Mountain West in his final season. A vocal leader who was one of four team captains named by his teammates in 2002, has nice size (6-3, 193) and will go up and get the ball, making him one of UNM's top deep threats. Counter had a 4.43 clocking in the 40 on the track last year. He has seen action in 37 career games with 25 starts and recorded 91 career catches for 1,484 yards (15.3 ypc). Counter is tied for seventh on the all-time receptions list and is ninth in career yardage to go along with 10 career TDs (9 receiving, 1 punt return). He is the only Lobo with two scoring catches of 80 yards or more in a career with an 80-yard TD from Casey Kelly against Utah last year and caught an 85-yard TD from Kelly against Colorado State in 2001. Counter and current Lobo fullback Landrick Brody were teammates at Lancaster (Texas) HS. Against Texas State, he had 192 all-purpose yards in just 23 plays, with a career-long 40-yard gain on his only carry of the game. Counter also had a team-high 87 yards on three receptions and his 32-yard TD from Casey Kelly marked the sixth time (6 of 9) he has caught a TD pass of 25 yards or more. In 2002 he earned second team all-Mountain West Conference honors and was a second team selection by the Las Vegas Review Journal as a punt returner in his first year on the job. Finished second on the team in 2002 with 35 catches for 404 yards, to go along with three receiving TDs tied for the team-lead. Third in the MWC and No. 42 in the nation with a 11.4 punt return average, including a 74-yard return, which equaled the seventh-longest ever at UNM. Counter also registered 352 punt return yards, which were second on the UNM single-season list, just 40 yards shy of Holmon Wiggins' 2001 record, and was the fifth player in Lobo history to eclipse 300 yards in a season.
Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the 2003 season?
Dwight Counter: "To lead the MWC in receiving and punt return yards."
Q: What do you like about returning punts and what is it like to return a punt for a touchdown?
DC: "I just like knowing that I can do something that a lot of people can't do. Everybody doesn't have the guts to return punts."
Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?
DC: "I have room for improvement in all phases of my game, but the phase I need improvement in the most is blocking."
Q: What are the most enjoyable and most challenging parts of playing in coach Long's offense?
DC: "The most enjoyable part is the deep play. I love to go deep."
Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?
DC: "I like to watch movies and would like to learn how to fix cars."
Q: Which team on this year's schedule do you most want to beat and why?
DC: "Colorado State, because we haven't beat them since I have been here and beating them means we will most likely win conference."
Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?
DC: "Texas Tech, because the crowd is hostile."
Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?
DC: "African American History, because I learned a lot of things that I didn't know before. I learned a lot of things that other history teachers didn't teach me."
Q: What do you and your teammates need to do to accomplish your team goals this season?
DC: "Win the Mountain West Conference."
Q: What's your secret to playing and practicing through injuries?
DC: "There is no particular secret in order to play in the game on Saturday you have to practice. If I can make it through practice during the week injured, then I can make it through a game."
Q: How would you describe the experience of playing high school football in Texas?
DC: "It's something like the movie Varsity Blues, meaning winning is the only thing that matters."