Senior Casey Kelly (6-3, 193), an honorable all-Mountain West Conference (MWC) selection, directs the Lobo assault. UNM's most successful starting quarterback has started 30 of 32 games and has a record of 19-12 in that role. With one game to go in his collegiate career he ranks among the top five in New Mexico football history in career completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes.
In 12 game this year he averaged 182.6 yards through the air and completed 142 of 262 passes (54.2%) for 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Although his offensive numbers are not impressive, Kelly has shown the ability to do just enough to win. He is a dangerous runner with excellent footwork and has a knack for avoiding pressure. Over the last five games the native Oregonian ran for 214 yards, with his longest run being a 52-yard option keeper against Colorado State.
The Lobo's backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Kole McKamey (6-2, 194), has played sparingly completing just 6 of 14 passes for 103 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. McKamey does serve as the Lobos' PAT and field goal holder though, which could factor into a trick play during the Las Vegas Bowl.
Two-time first team All-MWC honoree Dontrell Moore (5-11, 214) leads the Lobo running attack. The Ken Simonton-like back has decent speed, excellent footwork and is rarely brought down by the first defender. His 1,438 yards are good for eighth in the country while in his 119.8 yards per game is good for twelfth in the country.
|DonTrell Moore racked up 1,438 yards on the ground which is good for eighth in the country.|
He put together nine 100-yard rushing games this year, including five straight, while scoring multiple touchdowns in seven games. Moore's 19 touchdowns leads the MWC, while his 21 touchdown total is just one behind Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for the national lead.
The skillful backs best performance came against Colorado State when he racked up 242 yards on the ground. Despite his accomplishments, he can be caught on the ground as his longest run is just 45 yards.
Behind Moore is Oklahoma transfer D.D. Cox (6-0, 205) who provides a nice change of pace as he prefers to power straight ahead between the tackles. In 11 games, Cox rushed for 643 yards, a 5.3 average, and seven touchdowns. He ran for over 100 yards three times, all of them coming on the road.
Blocking for Moore and Cox is sophomore fullback Adrian Byrd (6-1, 225) who relishes picking up the dirty yards. The Lobos' fourth leading rusher grabbed 189 yards on 32 carries in twelve games while recording 48 knockdowns.
Stretching the field for the Red Menace is senior Dwight Counter (6-3, 193) who leads UNM in yards (713), yards per catch (24.6), and touchdowns (5). The second team All-MWC selection is one of the most athletic and vocal players on the team. He eclipsed the 100 yard receiving mark twice, with his best game coming against UNLV when he grabbed six passes for 171 yards and one touchdown.
Lining up in the slot is senior Adrian Boyd (6-0, 173) who leads the team in receptions with 41. In 12 games he has racked up 581 yards, good for second on the game, and three touchdowns. Boyd is the Lobos' go to guy in tough situations that require a toss through the air.
Receivers three and four, sophomore Hank Baskett (6-4, 215) and senior Rashaun Sanders (66-3, 195), round out the receivers. Baskett is a big target, but is still learning the game while Sanders is the Kenny Farley of New Mexico. Baskett has16 balls for 261 yards and two touchdowns while Sanders has caught 12 catches for 177 yards. Each has attempted one pass this season.
The Lobos' fifth leading receiver has just 93 yards on 11 catches, but has attempted two passes on the season throwing one for a touchdown and the other for an interception.
Anchoring the tight ends is senior Bryan Penley (6-2, 244) who has good hands, but is primarily used for blocking. He has caught just seven passes for 63 yards and one touchdown, but has 94 knockdowns on the year. The former US Naval Prep school student is an integral part of the Lobo offense as he helps clear the way for Moore.
When UNM chooses to use a double tight end set, junior Mike Augustyniak (6-5, 256) is called upon. Like his counterpart, Augustyniak provides strong blocking and reliable hands.
Perhaps the most talented part of the Lobo offense lies with the offensive line. Three starters, senior tackle Jason Lenzmeier, junior guard Claude Terrell, and sophomore center Ryan Cook, earned first-team honors.
|The Lobo offensive line helped set numerous UNM school records in 2003.|
Lenzmeier earned another honor earlier in the season when he was selected as the MWC's Offensive Player of the Week following his effort against Utah while Terrell was recently selected to the AP All-American third team.
The big uglies helped Moore establish single season rushing records at UNM for rushing touchdowns (19), touchdowns scored (21), points (126), 100-yard rushing games (9), and consecutive 100-yard games (5).
KEEP YOUR EYE ON:
Quarterback Casey Kelly. The Beavers have had trouble containing mobile quarterbacks throughout the season. Jason Fife hurt the Beavers time and time again with his scrambling ability, Kelly has the skills to do the same. If Kelly is not contained, the Beaver defense could be in for a long night in Sin City.