The annual and not so prestigious "Eye On You" is now in full effect… We are going to do something a little different this year, as Mike "The Anonymous One" will be joining Lee Roy Lucero in naming players. So I guess it is Eyes On You!
Once again this isn't an MVP award, it doesn't mean these players are starting, or are better than everyone else, all it means is that when Mike and Lee Roy were shooting pictures this year, these individuals were making plays and were really noticed!
We will go position group by position group. Lee Roy's choices will be on the left side and Mike's choices on the right! So here we go Lobo fans, our eyes were on the following players this spring…
When spring first started, wasn't sure what to expect, but BR looked quicker, his footwork improved especially in the 2nd week as Coach Reaves and Holbrook were able to study more film.
What can be said about the ‘Dreadlocked' Double D? The guy is speed, power, and excitement! His cutback ability and the way he is able to reverse his runs can only be labeled special.
my opinion Williams is the most improved player. He looks
more comfortable within the offense, he catches the ball, and when
the middle, he is a nice threat with the ball. Kirk has had a
solid spring making nice catches, especially when streaking up the
Going into spring the O-line was the most concerning part of this football team. While Givens did play last season, I think there was still serious questions about both Mears and Givens stepping into their positions. I'm thrilled to say that both men have stepped up to the challenge and it isn't like they are going against some lame D-line. UNM is blessed with a serious defensive line this season. Bell is one of those guys that Coach Locksley really talked up at the beginning of spring when the term "all in" was coined. Bell was all in this spring and looks like he is ready to become the "next" Lobo O-line superstar!
Reed is the best receiving TE UNM has had in a long time. Look for his numbers to grow this year, as Lobo fans have wanted a receiving TE for years. Reed fits the bill!
UNM in my opinion can boast the best defensive line in the school's history. Top to bottom the rotation that Coach Mallory has at his disposal is scary. When it came to the player that made the most plays and was constantly caught on camera… #48 is your guy!
Stoner was the most consistent LB this spring, from Day 1 to the last day of spring he was in the mix for every play. You want a LB zeroing in on the ball Stoner is your man! Merritt really came on strong the last 2 weeks of spring making multiple plays around the line of scrimmage.
Butler moved from running back to safety this year and as he grows into the position he just looks better and better. By far the biggest "Surprise" of spring. Brian was the guy I kept seeing make plays
was a tough one as I was really impressed with the way
Anthony Hooks has become a more physical corner, but Fatokun came out
no where and made plays in coverage and around the scrimmage all
spring. Emmanuel didn't feel he had a good spring, which is good
because I feel he did really well, and if he has the desire to improve
on his spring performance that only means good things for the Lobos.
would kill us if we didn't add a kicker on this list!
Seriously though, Ben showed this spring why Coach Locksley used a
on a specialist as Ben is a really good punter that will get the Lobos
bad situations."Take more pictures of
the specialists man." Lee Roy kept saying isn't he #31 but I knew he
wore 41! Not
only do you get your picture, but you also get a shout out for sticking
up for your boys and practicing injured!
Thank you to Coach Locksley, his staff, and all of the Lobo football players for providing the two of us with many great athletic plays and photos. Can hardly wait to see you Lobos in the fall!