New Mexico has lost some key defensive players from last year's team, such as safety/linebacker hybrid player Quincy Black, who at one time lead the MWC with a career-high 94 tackles, and was ranked 20th nationally with 9.4 per game. Despite such, new defensive coordinator Osia Lewis, who coached with both Mendenhall and Rocky Long at Oregon State, will have the Lobo 3-3-5 defense ready. However, the last time BYU faced the 3-3-5 defense, Max Hall threw for 537 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end Vic So'oto and running back Harvey Unga give their brief thoughts about the Lobo defense.
Player Progress Report: Eathyn Manumaleuna
True freshman defensive linemen sensation Eathyn Manumaleuna has come a long way since his starting days as a lineman at Timpview High School. The big 6-foot-2-inch, 280-pound nose guard was thrown into the fire from day one after sophomore Russell Tialavea went down with a season-ending injury. Manumaleuna talks about how things have changed for him in such a short period of time.
Paying Tribute To Jason Long
With the passing of former BYU recruit and diehard Cougar fan Jason Long, Coach Mendenhall and his staff honored Jason by giving his family his official BYU game day football jersey on Tuesday.