Two years ago Lamar Jordan who had just graduated Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, and had committed to play for the University of Arkansas but de-committed after he was told he would play wide receiver. Jordan who knew he could play quarterback at the Division I level was told by most that he was an athlete and would have to change positions in order to play major college football, but New Mexico head coach Bob Davie believed otherwise so he choose the Lobos.
In order to prep for his freshman year at New Mexico, Jordan attended a quarterback clinic put on By Sam Mora Jr. in San Diego, California. Sam Mora Jr. who has worked with the likes of Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty, and Logan Thomas; took on Jordan along with some other quarterbacks to improve their mechanics and holds workshops to help the players with the mental aspect of the game. Among the group of players to attend the program was current Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans who had just finished his freshman year for the Golden Hurricanes.
Evans and Jordan knew of each other as both were quarterbacks in Texas but the camp allowed them to bond and become friends. The friendship continued into this offseason, when the two attended a three day clinic in Arlington, Texas. During this time the two had friendly competitions, watched movies and discussed this year's week two game in which the two quarterback's teams would face each other. Each of the two called their "shots" on the game and after the camp had concluded both players went back to their respective universities to prep for the upcoming season with both knowing that they would meet on September 12th meant the game is for bragging rights.