Davie Reinstates Suspended Duo on 1st Day of School

Aug. 20, 2012

Get Your Season Tickets Today

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie on Monday reinstated junior quarterback David Vega and sophomore cornerback Tim Foley.

The players had been suspended indefinitely in Ruidoso on Aug. 11 for a violation of team rules.

"I really determined early on how long their suspensions would be," Davie said after Monday's practice.  "But moving forward, they have some other criteria (to meet) to remain a part of this team. They're back. They're really, really fine young men. I think they both learned a valuable lesson. They start over completely. If they earn their way back, they'll be back on the field."

Vega gives the team some more depth at quarterback in the absence of fifth-year senior B.R. Holbrook, who is recovering from chest inflammation and has not practiced in a week.

Davie said he's been told the medication Holbrook has been taking is working, but still remained cautious about Holbrook's return.

"(We're) just like any other school where you take a fifth-year senior off the field  and put three guys out there that have never taken a college snap," he said. "It changes dramatically. So, B.R.'s very important to our football team."

The team practiced in shoulder pads and shorts - force indoors by a rain shower - on Monday, which was the first day of school at UNM.

Running backs Jhurrell Pressley, Chase Clayton and David Vega looked sharp in practice Monday. Davie lauded the considerable work interior offensive linemen LaMar Bratton and Garrett Adcock have put in. Wide receiver Jeric Magnant shined in the passing game, and senior linebacker Joe Stoner continues to have a strong preseason.

DUNCAN LEAVES: Davie also announced that sophomore wide receiver Donnie Duncan (Cerritos, Calif.) has left the program.