... And Away We Go!
Aug. 2, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico football team embarks on its 114th season with the first practice of fall camp this morning. The team is getting ready for the 2012 season opener Sept. 1 against Southern University at Branch Field at University Stadium.
First-year coach Bob Davie -- the school's 31st head coach -- is on a mission to restore the reputation of the Lobo program as a tough-minded, blue-collar team.
The question asked most of Davie, last seen on the sidelines on one of the most storied college football programs in the country at Notre Dame, is, "Why New Mexico? What was it about this job that got you to leave the broadcast booth?"
"For me, the next step in my life is where can I have the biggest impact?" Davie said. "I can make an impact here."
Davie understands the task ahead of him at UNM. The Lobos produced 1-11 records from 2009-11, winning one Mountain West game in each of those seasons.
The Lobos return eight offensive starters, not including junior running back Kasey Carrier, who started six games in 2010. Senior quarterback B.R. Holbrook has 12 starts over the past two seasons and does have aerial weapons in senior wide receiver Lamaar Thomas (a transfer from Ohio State), senior wide receiver Ty Kirk (who ranks 10th on the school's career receptions list with 121) and senior tight end Lucas Reed, who was a first-team all-conference selection in 2010.
The Lobos will play a version of the pistol offense under first-year coordinator Bob DeBesse, who helped lead Sam Houston State to the 2011 Football Championship Subdivision championship game.
Defensively, UNM returns five starters as it gets ready to run the 3-4 scheme Davie made famous as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Senior nose tackle Reggie Ellis, senior outside linebacker Joseph Harris and junior inside linebacker Dallas Bollema look to bolster defensive coordinator Jeff Mills' unit.
The team will practice today through Sunday on the practice fields just south of the Tow Diehm Complex on the UNM South Campus (south of the stadium). Practices are closed to the public, but they will be open to the when the team heads south to Ruidoso (Aug. 6-17). All practices are scheduled to start at 10:05 a.m.