March 26, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Lobo Football team worked out for just over two hours Thursday during the second practice of spring ball. The Lobos showed a lot of excitement and explosiveness despite not wearing full pads. The talented corp of running backs showcased their speed and agility during a perfect day in Albuquerque. UNM wore shorts and helmets while working out on the New Mexico practice fields. Practice 3 will be held Saturday from 10:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. MT. Complete practice reports, features and much more will be posted throughout camp on GoLobos.com.
Today's report includes offensive observations from practice on Thursday. Multiple media members and fans were surrounding the practice fields throughout practice.
New assistants Matt Wells and David Reaves seem to have developed great relationship with their position groups. The wide receivers made a lot of plays Thursday. Both new coaches are experienced teachers and bring a lot of knowledge to the staff. Wells has a very vocal style and drilled perfection Thursday. Reaves was very fundamental with the QBs and preached execution.
Transfer Lamaar Thomas, who will sit out the 2010 season, looked like the fastest WR and was able to make plays after the catch. Redshirt freshman Demarcus Rogers made multiple plays and looked more like a go-to guy than expected. It will be interesting to see his development this spring.
The quarterback battle continues with no real changes. After practice coach Reaves commented to the media that all three were competing and only time will tell who emerges. All three continue to get reps and put in positions to make plays.
UNM has adjusted a few positions including RB A.J. Butler and WR Carmeiris Stewart. Both are now working in the secondary. Defensive coordinator Doug Mallory spent a lot of reps with with Butler while George Barlow devoted time with Stewart. Stewart was able to log his first practice INT Thursday, tracking the ball and creating the turnover. Locksley commented to the media that both players expressed the desire to make the switch to defense and saw it as an opportunity to play and impact the team.
Centers Mike Muniz and Dillon Farrell worked with the quarterbacks extra after practice Thursday. Offensive Line coach Mike Degory helped provide additional instruction while snapping with the QBs. Muniz emerged as the backup center late last season but Farrell traveled his entire first season despite taking the redshirt.
New Mexico utilized all four running backs Thursday in Demond Dennis, Kasey Carrier, James Wright and Terence Brown. All provide a different element to their game but were effective Thursday. Dennis broke through the Lobo defense a couple of times, while the other three backs all had big runs.
Numerous former Lobo standouts were in attendance at practice. NFL draftee DeAndre Wright watched practice from the sidelines while Tray Hardaway, Erik Cook, Ian Clark and Clint McPeek took in the action.
The offensive line Thursday looked very much like everyone would expect. Maurice Mears and Byron Bell handled the tackle positions while Mike Cannon and Karlin Givens were the guards. Muniz was the center on the first unit. Four of the five gained valuable experience in 2009.