Change Is Evident to Ruidoso Folk

Aug. 10, 2012

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Dog Day Morning at Lobo Camp

RUIDOSO, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico football team repeatedly has expressed its deep appreciation for the village of Ruidoso throughout fall camp here.

On Friday, the members of the village showed their enthusiasm for the Lobos.

The practice started with four Ruidoso fire department trucks and an emergency medical transport entering the White Mountain Recreation Complex with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Running backs coach DeAndre Smith jump off the back of one of the fire engines, wearing a fire safety helmet and ran onto the field, where the players mobbed him in the end zone.

The team practiced in front of several local onlookers, who were impressed with what they saw.

"I've been out here the past couple of years that the Lobos were here, and this year, it's a big difference," said Ronny Coons, who owns a trucking company here. "More hands-on coaching, the amount of coaching ... it's just a lot different, it seems like.

"There's a lot of enthusiasm, and that's a big difference. They look like a team."

Larry Cordova, a wildlife biologist who works for the forest service, also said he noticed a change in how the team is practicing here .

"It seems as though there's a little more discipline," Cordova said. "I see people running from the sidelines to the field, whereas before, it wasn't always like that. It just seems more intense and I like seeing that."

The message coach Bob Davie left with his team after practice was a continuation of doing the little things - such as running on and off the field after repetitions.

"The message was what we tolerate as coaches, we encourage," he said of the coaching staff. "So if we tolerate them not playing with the tempo we want or not doing things the right way, we're doing a disservice to them."

No. 5 IS ALIVE: Sophomore wide receiver Donnie Duncan, who adorns the No. 5 jersey, had the play of the day when he made a catch similar to the one New York Giants wideout David Tyree made in Super Bowl XLII. Duncan made a catch off the back of his head for a long gain during a live-action drill.

Freshman walk-on running back David Anaya also impressed, scoring a touchdown during another drill between offense and defense.