Lobo Youth on Display During Saturday Football Practice

Aug. 18, 2012

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico football team’s training camp unofficially ended Saturday with a non-tackling scrimmage on the practice fields just south of University Stadium.

The team went through a two-hour session, and practice gave the younger players one final opportunity to show their skills for the coaching staff. As the UNM fall semester of school starts on Monday, the coaches will begin to narrow the focus to what they think the players will be able to do on game day.

“This was a day for the so-called ‘young guys,’ ” coach Bob Davie said. “I thought they came out and had a lot of energy, a lot of focus. It’s hard to maintain it throughout the whole day. If you came out here for the first time and watched it from the hill, you probably thought, ‘Oh, no!’ But when you put it all in perspective and you realize where we are and who’s not involved in it – I’m pretty pleased with it.”

True freshman and sophomore quarterbacks Cole Gautsche and Quinton McCown, respectively, continued to run the offense in senior B.R. Holbrook’s absence with mixed results. Both had some big plays in the passing game but struggled with consistency.

Redshirt freshman Jhurrell Pressley, sophomore Chase Clayton and true freshman David Anaya took turns running the ball in the absence as juniors Kasey Carrier and Demarcus Rogers rested with minor ailments.

Senior wide receiver Lamaar Thomas nursed a hip flexor muscle, allowing sophomore Jeric Magnant to get some repetitions at the X position.

On defense, senior linemen Reggie Ellis, Ugo Uzodinma and Fatu Ulale gave way to freshmen Darian Allen, Gerron Borne and Paytron Hightower, and senior cornerback DeShawn Mills also sat out.

Senior linebacker Joe Stoner and senior cornerback Destry Berry stood out as they each caused a turnover during the scrimmage.

Junior kicker Justus Adams and senior Greg Rivara both looked accurate in practice. Adams hit 6-7of-attempts, including a pair of 47 yarders. Rivara bounced one kick off the crossbar and between the goal posts during his kicking chores.

True freshman Garrett Adcock continues to see time with the first-team offense at right guard.

Davie expects to be near full strength for practice Monday, which will be 12 days away from the Sept. 1 season opener against Southern at Branch Field at University Stadium.

“We’ve penciled in Monday to get everybody back in,” Davie said of the rash of holdouts. “I’m just pleased to get this many reps and not get somebody else hurt.”