Lobos Show Signs of Life During 50-Play Scrimmage

April 6, 2012

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- They might not have been the top 50 plays football coach Bob Davie has seen, but the University of New Mexico’s scrimmage Friday night showed the team making strides through the first seven practices of the spring.

Both the offense and defense had their moments inside the indoor practice facility as the Lobos wrapped up the first half of their spring session.

“Overall, if you’re just talking about the level of football, the  quality of football, it’s not very high,” Davie said. “I told our players today that our goal as coaches, our goal as players is to raise the level of football. But we don’t have to play a game for a while. We’re just starting to build a foundation.”

The offense started off with the upper hand, moving the ball at will during the first two series. Senior quarterback B.R. Holbrook delivered a couple of balls on target, and running back Emmanuel Fatokun added a 21-yard run.

But when defensive lineman Ugo Uzodinma popped running back Demarcus Rogers for a four-yard loss on the ensuing series, the defense came to life.

The unit produced three sacks during the next five plays, and the sides traded momentum the rest of the way.

Holbrook completed passes of 50 yards to wide receiver Quintell Solomon and 70 yards to fellow wideout Lamaar Thomas, the latter going for a touchdown.

“I don’t want to rush to judgment,” Davie said. “Our wide receivers made some plays tonight, but we did put our defense in a situation where it was four-man rush with man-to-man coverage, which we’re not going to do a lot of. Our wide receivers took advantage of that. But we did throw and catch the ball better tonight than we have.”

Defensive end Jacori Greer and linebackers Joe Harris and Zach Daugherty helped thwart the offense with big hits at or behind the line of scrimmage. The offense responded with running back Jhurell Pressley’s nifty, 21-yard run and a couple of quarterback David Vega runs to make things even.

“What we’re looking for now is finding out what we can do and who we can do it with,” Davie said. “It may be one of two plays. On defense, it might only be one play.”

The first-year coach still wasn’t ready to give the team any kind of grade for its performance Friday night before he studied video of the scrimmage.

“After practice sometimes, you get deceived a little bit,” Davie said. “Wednesday night, I thought we had really good emotion, then I looked at the tape and we weren’t worth a darn.

“But we are getting effort, and that’s going to help us down the road.”