September 12, 2012
What's the pulse of things at New Mexico under Bob Davie?
RW: "New offense, new defense, new head coach, completely new staff. A lot of the same players. Some new ones as well. Developments this week probably couldn't be much worse for New Mexico, with B.R. Holbrook, the starting quarterback, doubtful because of bruised ribs and Lamaar Thomas, starting slot receiver, probably out with a stinger. They're your two most valuable players on offense and one's doubtful and one's out. Not a good beginning."
Does the absence of Holbrook make the Lobos' offense that much more one-dimensional?
RW: "It absolutely does. He's the only proven passer on the team. If he doesn't play, Cole Gautsche, a true freshman, will start. Big, strong kid. Good runner. Needs a lot of work as a passer. Behind him is Quinton McCown, a junior college transfer who wasn't with the team in spring practice. He's not up to speed, but he probably will play if Holbrook can't go. You'll probably see Gautsche and McCown if Holbrook can't play."
Was that Texas game closer than the final score indicates?
RW: "It's misleading because -- coincidentally, that's the same score they lost to Boise State by in the last game of the 2011 season. The difference is that one could have been 70 or 80 if Boise State had wanted to do that. This was a very competitive game into the second quarter. New Mexico had the ball for about 12:30 of the first quarter running the option. Texas couldn't stop it. The Lobos were stopping themselves and couldn't score. Then the Lobos did give up a couple of big plays on defense. It was 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. I guess the biggest play of the game was a touchdown pass by the Longhorns with 28 seconds left in the first half to make it 17-0. By then, Holbrook was out and it was pretty clear that New Mexico was offense-less and at that point the game was pretty much over. The final score was pretty deceiving because, physically, New Mexico competed pretty well."
What has Davie brought to the UNM program?
RW: "He's brought discipline. He's brought toughness. He's brought a work ethic. This program is still a work in progress. They still have a lot of the same players, a lot of the same problems personnel-wise, but the attitude is different. I guess the question is, how does that attitude hold up if things don't go well? If injuries take their toll as they appear they are starting to do, what happens? In terms of the discpline he's instilling in the program, he's off to a good start."
What worries the Lobos the most when it comes to Saturday's game?
RW: "Seth Doege and his receivers. That 40-of-44 performance last year in Albuquerque still resonates. Again, a lot of the players in the secondary played in that game. It wouldn't surprise me if they were having nightmares this week. They've got to get some stops, they have to force some incompletions, can't give up big plays. And the question is do they have the personnel and experience to do that?"