Spring practice starts: March 23
Spring game: April 18
Three things to watch
- Former Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley takes over from Rocky Long who was at New Mexico for a very long time as a player and then a successful coach. His offense has a steep curve and without QB Donovan Porterie participating in spring drills and the loss of other top talent the new players need to learn quickly.
- Quarterback Donovan Porterie, who tore his ACL back in September, is not expected to participate fully in spring drills. Brad Gruner who replaced Porterie in the fall was so-so and will have to battle Emmanuel Yeager for a spot in the two-deep this spring.
- Teams around the MWC can rejoice that the 3-3-5 is dead at New Mexico. New defensive coordinator Doug Mallory, formerly of LSU will now lead a similar defense in Baton Rogue. Besides learning a new defense is that the Lobos lost seven players off of last years defense that was fourth in the league