Rocky Long concerned about Lobos

New Mexico football head coach Rocky Long recently met with boosters and the media at a luncheon and had plenty to say about his squad.

New Mexico football head coach Rocky Long recently met with boosters and the media at a luncheon and had plenty to say about his squad.

For starters, he mentioned that he still has confidence in starting quarterback Donovan Porterie.

"I don't think he's lost his confidence," he said. "I think he's proven in the past that he's a good football player and he just hasn't hit his rhythm yet.

When he does we'll be a really great football team. He's our starting quarterback and he'll be in there as long as we have a chance to win the game."

In addition, he thinks the possibility of Arizona playing well because of the loss last season, may be overblown.

"I think [Arizona] will probably have a little added incentive because we won last year, but last week A&M was suppose to have added incentive because they lost their first game.

I think that might allow your players to concentrate a little bit better in practice during the week, but once the game starts, the first time you run into somebody, it's a football game again. Anything said before the game doesn't make a darn bit of difference once it's kick-off time."

One of the biggest concerns has been about the weakness of the receivers.

"I think quarterbacks get really comfortable with guys they've played with. Our quarterback is playing with basically all brand new wide receivers. Maybe they're not all quite on the same page as well as they were last year when he had veteran receivers who he had played with for a year-and-a-half. He'll get better, the receivers will get better, he'll get more comfortable with them and the execution will be better.

In addition, there are numerous other concerns that Long has.

"I thought the first week our offensive line didn't play very well. I thought our offensive line played fairly well in the second game as shown by the better running game against just as athletic of a defense as the week before.

"I thought our kicking game was very suspect in the first game, but was pretty darn good in the second game. So there was progress that was made. Have we played good as a team yet - no. Will we play good as a team? Sooner or later. I hope it's this Saturday."

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