Lobo Football Team Gets a Running Start Toward 2012 Season
March 24, 2012
As soon as the whistle blew for the first period of the first day of spring football practice, the Lobos were running.
With temperatures in the 70s, the University of New Mexico football team ushered in the coach Bob Davie era a 2 hour, 20 minute workout on the practice football fields south of University Stadium on Saturday morning.
The up-tempo effort was the most noticeable aspect of Saturday's practice. No player stood around on the sidelines watching his teammates. As soon as every player finished his repetition, he ran back in line for the next repetition or exercise.
"So much of what we do is tempo-oriented," Davie said. "Half of our practice is teaching; half of our practice is tempo. The biggest thing is showing the guys what we expect and how we expect them to do it - no one getting his feelings hurt, no one taking it personally. This is how it's going to be. We won't change; we will not compromise."
The team started off with special teams drills before breaking up into individual position groups. More special teams work followed, and then the team completed the session with 10 minutes of complete offense vs. complete defense work.
"That tempo was a lot faster than what I was used to," said senior Lamaar Thomas, who played two years at Ohio State before transferring to New Mexico. "You hardly had a chance to catch your breath."
Davie told the players at the end of the practice that he appreciated their effort for the first day but said he wasn't going to make any other evaluations based on one day's worth of practice.
"This football team is starving for discipline; this football team is craving discipline," Davie said. "When I met with the players after last season, that's the one thing they told me this team needed. So we're going to learn discipline and toughness by lining it up and running the ball on offense and stopping the run on defense."
It's part of a process that Davie said he missed the most, being out coaching since 2001 - starting to build a team and getting each player to improve. He said his team can make itself better by working on the things it can control - and not worrying about anything else.
"Our plan to win has never varied," he said. "It's turnovers, it's the kicking game and no self-inflicted mistakes. The number one priority is the Lobos don't beat the Lobos."
The team returns to the field Sunday night at 5 p.m. for the second practice without pads. The first 30 minutes is open to the public. On Wednesday, the team will practice in pads.