On Tuesday, the University of New Mexico announced that suspended football players Crusoe Gongbay and SaQwan Edwards have been reinstated by Coach Bob Davie. UNM's sports information director Frank Mercogliano said that Davie would not comment on the players until after the morning practice on Wednesday.
Mercogliano also confirmed that neither player would be made available for comment to the media. UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs confirmed that both players will join the team at their training camp in Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Gongbay and Edwards were suspended from the team in April after the players were arrested on rape and kidnapping charges. Earlier this summer charges were dropped in the case leading to speculation that Gongbay and Edwards might be back on the team before the Lobos season opener.
Gongbay was one of the Lobos leading rushers last year and prior to his arrest he was expected to start at running back this year. Edwards is one of the Lobos most experienced defensive backs and his return adds depth to the Lobos secondary.
While both players are expected to play in the team’s season opener against UTEP, their roles are unclear at this time. The amount of time they have spent away from the team could affect both the players conditioning and the team’s chemistry as both players have missed spring and Fall training camps.