Davie Seeks Balance Between Execution and Enthusiasm

April 4, 2012

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- During his three-plus months as football head coach at the University of New Mexico, Bob Davie has been a man known not to exaggerate with regards to his program.

Wednesday night’s practice, then, had an ironic twist to it as the Lobo offense and defense celebrated each of their respective big plays as if that side had just won the Super Bowl. The practice was in stark contrast to Sunday night’s session that lacked for emotion, considering the team got in about 15 live plays at the end of it.

“We came back and watched tape from Sunday night, and there were some plays made in practice but nobody knew how to react,” Davie said. “So offensively, we just simulated scoring touchdowns and showing them here’s how you act. Here’s how you celebrate and here’s how you help your teammate off the ground.

“And then we did the same thing on defense. The first scrimmage play Sunday night, we stuffed them for about a yard gain and nobody knew how to react to that. It’s a step-by-step process of teaching them what major college football is and how major college football players react. That’s not meant to be derogatory to our players at all. We take nothing for granted.”

The offense produced some crisp pass plays from quarterback B.R. Holbrook to wide receivers Lamaar Thomas and Ty Kirk on Wednesday night. Running back Emmanuel Fatokun had a nice run through the interior of the defense.

Defensively, cornerback DeShawn Mills continued his strong spring with some breakups during individual drills. Linebackers Joe Harris and Zach Daugherty both made big plays during team periods.

Davie noted, however, that the increase in enthusiasm also brought an increase in assignment errors as practice wore on.

“Somewhere along the line, we’ve got to find that middle ground where we can play with enthusiasm but stay under control,” he said.

Davie reiterated to his players that the coaching staff has installed large chunks of its offensive and defensive schemes, hoping to make practices more difficult than the games will be so that the players will be able handle the stress when September rolls around.

“Where we are, it’s hard to tell because the level of football, quite honestly, is not very high,” Davie said. “If we were saying we had to go play a game, I don’t know if we’re capable of doing that. But I don’t think that matters right now because we don’t have to play, yet.”

The team returns to the field Friday night from 6-8 p.m. Davie said the coaching staff will scale back on both offensive and defensive concepts, in hopes that the execution increases. The Lobos will have some more live plays to run, and Davie wants to see both sides making gains before the players take time off during the Easter weekend.