One of the Ruidoso Camp Mottos: 'Don't Waste a Rep'
Aug. 8, 2012
RUIDOSO, N.M. --- The teachable moments have been off the charts during the University of New Mexico's fall football practice.
On Tuesday, first-year coach Bob Davie talked to his team about not wasting any repetitions during practice. A wasted rep consists of a missed assignment, not getting line up quickly enough, committing a pre-snap penalty - such as jumping offsides on defense or getting a false-start penalty on offense.
The Lobos' practice consists of 24 or 25 five-minute periods per practice. Davie has not been hesitant to start over a period if they show they're not completely focused during that period.
Today, Davie moved up practice from 10 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., giving his team about an hour's notice. The switch was made just to test how his players would respond to the change in schedule. Everyone showed up on time and ready to go.
"It's a sudden change for the players," Davie said. "It tests how they handle something thrown at them unexpectedly. A lot of things happen over the course of a game that don't go according to plan, and you have to be ready for them."
Each member of the coaching staff has stressed that the players get into "football position" upon the start of any drill or player during team situations. When they step in to correct a player's technique, the coaches tell the players what they did wrong, what to do to correct it and then almost always have them repeat the repetition so the player has a complete understanding of what is expected of him.
"We want to make practice more difficult so it'll be easier on the players when it's game time," Davie said.
During one session, Davie had all the players on defense lie face down, with the exception of the linebacker who called out where the tight end was lined up. He then blew two whistles. The first was to get the players to get up. The second whistle, about two second later signaled when the defense had to be aligned correctly.
It let the players know how fast they have to get ready for each play when the season rolls around.
The players participated in about 20 minutes of live scrimmage Wednesday, the first time the team has done so during fall camp.
The running attack looked sharp, with sophomore transfer Trajuan Briggs bursting through the line for a touchdown. Freshman safety Ryan Santos made a big noise when he collided into a running back at the line of scrimmage.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS: The Ruidoso High School football team watched the Lobos practice on Wednesday. Included in that group was assistant coach Patrick Hodges. Hodges played at UNM from 2002-06.