The New Mexico Lobos are just past the halfway point of their first spring under new head coach Bob Davie, and at the latest scrimmage there was some sign of life on both sides of the ball. The quarterback position has been stabilized with senior B.R. Holbrook (they just need him to stay healthy) and he completed passes of 50 yards to wide receiver Quintell Solomon and 70 yards to fellow wideout Lamaar Thomas, the latter going for a touchdown.
However, do not bee too happy with that New Mexico fans, as Davie mentioned he put the defense is schemes that they normally will not be in as a 4-3 front or play a strict man-to-man coverage. On the other side of the coin that is something that those receivers and quarterback will come across this season, so credit needs to be given to the wide outs for making plays.
The defense did make some plays after getting burned early on and they had a stretch of earning three sacks in five plays and some impressive tackles for loss by defensive end Jacori Greer, linebackers Joe Harris and Zach Daugherty.
However, even with some signs of optimism Davie was reluctant to give too much praise on the team:
"Overall, if you're just talking about the level of football, the quality of football, it's not very high," Davie said. "I told our players today that our goal as coaches, our goal as players is to raise the level of football. But we don't have to play a game for a while. We're just starting to build a foundation."
"After practice sometimes, you get deceived a little bit," Davie said. "Wednesday night, I thought we had really good emotion, then I looked at the tape and we weren't worth a darn.
"But we are getting effort, and that's going to help us down the road."
Those comments are appropriate since New Mexico has been a bad team over the past few years and they need to take steps to become a better football team. That is where Davie is coming from as he wants to first have the team practice well, not make mental errors, show up on time for workouts and go from there to become a better football team, because once these basic principles are they become commonplace and from there they move on to becoming a better football team.