Thursday, August 19, 2010
Mountain West 2010-New Mexico Lobos
2009 Record: 1-11 (1-7)
Head Coach: Mike Locksley (2nd season, 1-11)
Offensive Coordinator: Darrell Dickey (2nd season)
Defensive Coordinator: Doug Mallory (2nd season)
2009 Bowl Game: Maybe on the xbox
Offense: This unit cannot get much worse than they were in 2009. The Lobos only cored 28 points or more twice all season long. The only made or broke the 20 point plateau three times period. There are as many as 5 different players looking to try an d win the starting QB job in 2010, which is a bad start to improvement. Demond Dennis has won the starting RB job, but only rushed for 427 yards last season. James Wright looks to be the power back. The entire line is being rebuilt from center right, and Ty Kirk is the only returning WR.
Defense: Three starters return on the line, which is a good place to start when building up experience. There is experience amongst DE’s Jaymar Johnson and Johnathon Rainey (both juniors) and DT Peter Gardner (Senior). Carmen Messina is the lone returning LB, but he is a very good one. Nathan Enriquez and Anthony Hooks both return at CB, but the safeties will both be new in 2010.
Special Teams: James Aho stumbled big time in 2009 as a sophomore, and will have to find himself again this season. Adam Miller, who led the league in punting in 2009, is gone, and will be replaced by a freshman in Ben Skaer.
Toss Up Games: 9/25 @ UNLV, 10/9 @ New Mexico State
Losses: 9/4 @ Oregon, 9/11 Texas Tech, 9/18 Utah, 10/2 @ UTEP, 10/23 San Diego State, 10/30 @ Colorado State, 11/6 Wyoming, 11/13 @ Air Force, 11/20 @ BYU, 11/27 TCU
There are no outright winnable games on the schedule. If someone was trying to get some wins on the board, this was a bad way to go about it.
Outlook: By the end of the year, there will be a bunch of people calling on UNM to end the Mike Locksley disaster. This guy unfortunately does not seem to have much of a clue as to how to be a leader, or how to motivate a football team. Punching one of his assistants last season was not a good way to signify positive things for the Lobos. This team is spinning their wheels in the mud right now, and there is no bright spot to look forward to anytime soon.