So the 2009 Spring Football session is in the books! Coach Mike Locksley has come to the University of New Mexico and has made some huge changes. The first change was what a beautiful April New Mexico afternoon! This is the 9th year we have attended spring ball and I must say this one had to be one of the best weather of all time.
highly anticipated Lobo offense didn't come out exactly
setting the world on fire as the Cherry defense led by DT Ahraya
Seth Johannemann, and LB Joe Stoner came to play! Crespin set the tone
as he owned the interior of the trenches with a pair of tackles and a
Crespin, who is making the transition to the tackle position, shows
promise. When Crespin wasn't doing damage from the tackle position
was coming in from the end position making his presence felt as well!
Don't think this was your typical Cherry Silver defense dominated games as the Lobo offenses started getting things going on the legs of James Wright. Who spent the last week a little banged up with an nagging ankle injury stepped up and went around the end for a touchdown, unfortunately, the extra point was missed as it hit the crooked uprights!
the Cherry side things didn't really get moving until
Senior QB Donovan Porterie stepped in behind center and quickly led the
team on a 13 play drive on the legs of AJ Butler yards and solid
passing. A lot
has been made about the quarterbacks this fall as the Lobos have had 6
until this week when Victor James made the move to WR and today the
was able to see all the QB's on display. When it was time to play… DP
and in my opinion put the stranglehold on the starting job today as his
TD pass went to Michael Scarlett.
mention that this was DP's first TD pass? As he
finished the afternoon with 3 TD tosses as he also hit senior 2009 Red
Spring Offensive MVP Roland Bruno for another touchdown as Roland
danced on the
sideline, stretched out, and somersaulted in for the 6! Porterie
touchdown trifecta when he hooked up with RS-FR Tight End Lucas Reed!
UNM also has some other QB's that can toss the rock and for my money the best pure thrower is BR Holbrook. The guy has a sweet touch on the ball, and has a nice tight spiral. BR showed today that he can get in the end zone using his feet and he took off on an option keep and was upended as he scored a TD!
All kinds of QB's! How about Tate Smith who was also impressive today in his scrambling ability. He always tries to find that open receiver… He is always looking, and today he found Quintell Solomon for a touchdown pass! He followed that up with a nice shot to slot WR Bryant Williams for a 2-point conversion.
Speaking of those slot guys. Have they not had the biggest impact this spring? Bruno and Williams have been spectacular coming out of the slot, as has Mr. 505 Nick Wilhelm who might just have owned that category all spring long. Big props goes out to the guys in the slot who have made some excellent plays this year.
Brad Gruner had a slow start and just as he started to get things rolling he took a shot that scrambled the gray matter as he held onto an option play.
Emmanuel Yeager came out and displayed that while he is a raw talent, he is definitely a talented player and with more hard work with Coach Martin and the other QB's don't write this guy off as his running is fluid…
The running back situation was thin to start with today as Terence Brown was on crutches with a knee injury so that left AJ Butler and James Wright carrying the pigskin. Midway through the 2nd quarter Wright left the game as it looked like he re aggravated the ankle injury (he later came back to play) leaving the Lobos with one RB in AJ Butler who made the most of his time out there 19 carries 116.
the defensive side of the ball I thought the defensive
ends and linebackers were masterful today. I thought Jaymar Latchison
great spring game and has had a solid spring this year. Johnathan Rainey on the
other end of the line also showed that he is ready to step up and play
year. Remember TRM projected started DeAndre Davis has been out most of
with an arm injury. The move by Johannemann has been excellent for him,
has displayed big play ability from the end as well.
On the linebacker side… Carmen Messina and Trey Hardaway have are really solidifying that LB crew with guys like Joe Stoner and Spencer Merritt coming along quite nicely.
Safety wise I think Frankie Solomon was consistent all spring long… Consistently good that is! The two players that were the biggest movers and shakers at the safety position as of late are Frankie Baca and Bubba Forrest! Both are making plays with Forrest really settling in as a top Lobo safety!
about Drew Zamora knocking in the game winning field
goal? I hate to say it but you always remember the misses as James Aho
couple of field goals today in a very uncharacteristic way. However,
else other then us nuts in the Red Menace Zone noticed that field goal
Anyway, the 2009 Spring Football session came to a close and I would have to say Coach Mike Locksley has done nothing but impress as he and his staff have really molded their units into something worth going to watch this season. I hope you all join us in The Red Menace Zone and if not at least consider donating money so we can get our local YAFL kids out to a ball game every week! Last year we were able to invite 3 full teams. I'm hoping for more this year. Please think about donating and getting fans to the games!
Offensive Player of Practice
#15 Donovan Porterie
are kidding if you think anyone else won this award
today. DP was solid in all categories except for one ill-advised pass
picked off. However, when you throw for 125 yards and 3 TD's you
named player of practice.
Defensive Player of Practice
#94 Ahraya Crespin
Ahraya goes full speed every play and the move to DT has
benefited him, he is getting ready to add more weight and just get
his position. How scary is that for the opposition after watching
#26 Frankie Baca (La Cueva HS, Albuquerque)
Frankie had the lone interception of the day plus 5 tackles. Not a bad day for the senior who just keeps making a nuisance of himself to all opposing offenses…
this closes out spring practice and like Donovan Porterie
said in our interview.
Now comes the hard work for these guys!