Below are a few highlights from the Bob Davie News Conference on 9/22/2015. Check out the full press conference at the bottom of this page.
New Mexico says goodbye to three players:
The head coach starts the press conference by lamenting that the University of New Mexico will be moving on without three of their players: starting center Toye Adewon (congenital spinal stenosis), one-time starting offensive lineman Johnny Vizcaíno, and outside linebacker Richard Winston. The latter two suffered concussions last season and have decided not to continue playing football. In Adewon and Vizcaíno, the Lobos lose two projected starters on their offensive line.
On the Offense’s Struggles:
Coach Davie recognizes that the team’s offensive identity is lost at the moment. They’re not running the triple option well right now and their wide receivers still haven’t emerged. Davie is calling on Jordan and Apodaca to play better. Talking about Apodaca and Jordan, Davie comments that having a dual-quarterback system is not ideal and he wants one of these two to emerge this season, but doesn’t see it happening. To that end, he praises the team’s running backs for their consistency.
On UNM’s match up with Wyoming:
Coach Davie is looking forward to the first conference game of the season – a pivotal game. Says both UNM and Wyoming are in need of a win. In this segment of the conference, it is clear that Davie has a lot of respect for Wyoming and their head coach Craig Bohl. He compares UNM to Wyoming, noting that both programs are rebuilding (and that UNM’s rebuild might take a little longer). The two teams are evenly matched and he expects a competitive game. Watch for the Lobos to pay special attention to running back Brian Hill, whom Davie identifies as a premier college player.
Davie believes that the Lobos can win every game left on their schedule, but also acknowledges that none of those games are easy wins. Davie is right on the latter part of his statement: the Lobos will have to scratch and claw for each victory this season. It starts this Saturday against a Wyoming team that is hungry for its first win of the season.