Lobo Football Camps: New Mexico football will host a 7-on-7, offensive line/defensive line camp on June 13-14 and will hold a mini camp on July 19 for grades 9-12. For registration information, call 925-5700 or link to http://www.camppros.com/register/preview.aspx?DB_OEM_ID=26000&OrgId=107
ALBUQUERQUE -- Justin, 11, came to the New Mexico football camp for all the typical reasons. It’s fun. He wants to improve his skills. He wants to play at the “next level,” which probably at his age means high-school ball.
But Justin doesn’t try to hide the driving motivation for his return to the University of New Mexico practice fields and UNM’s indoor facility.
Justin had a title to defend.
“Lobo Ball is the big reason I come,” said Justin, who plays YAFL for the West Mesa Mustangs. “I love Lobo Ball and everyone here does, too. My team is the reigning champions and we are trying to defend our title.”
Lobo Ball isn’t really the main thrust of the Lobo football camps, which lean heavily on fundamentals. Lobo Ball can be compared to a scrimmage at a basketball camp that leans on fundamentals, but also lets the campers have some run-and-gun fun.
In Lobo Ball, you hike the football and just about everyone goes out for a pass. Oh, there might be a few blocks thrown, but mostly the players head downfield and look for a pass.
The ball can only be advanced through the air – no quarterback sneaks!
There were a lot of wannabe receivers playing Lobo Ball Wednesday on the South side of University Stadium. The camp had about 150 campers picking up instructions on how to properly play the game of football.
“I’m here because I really like football and I wanted to improve my skills,” said Dylan, 12. “I’m not really a Lobo football fan yet, but I just moved here. But I hope to go to some games this year.”
The purpose of the Lobo camps is to teach football and give the local youth an enjoyable experience while improving their fundamental skills. The campers also took time to listen to some word of wisdom from Lobo players including Cole Gautsche, Dakota Cox and Tyler Duncan.
One of the messages given out at camp on Wednesday included keys to playing college football: make good grades, stay out of trouble, work hard.
“I’m here just to have fun,” said Tyler, 11, a former winner of the national punt-pass-kick competition, who said his favorite team is the Oregon Ducks. .
Fair enough. But Matthew has his sights on wearing the cherry and silver. “I’m hoping I can play for the Lobos when I get out of high school,” he said. “I just hope I can get big enough.”