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2003 PREVIEW: New Mexico Lobos

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These are new times for the New Mexico program. After getting to a bowl game last year, the spirits are sky high with ten returning starters on offense, seven on defense and both kickers returning. The program might seem ready to become a consistent threat in the Mountain West, but it has to prove it can beat a team of substance first. The Lobos won seven games last year, but they didn't beat a team that went to a bowl game. The Mountain West wasn't all that strong last year and it could be rougher sledding this season with several teams reloaded.

Team Information
Head coach: Rocky Long
6th year: 25-35
Returning O Lettermen: 25
Returning D Lettermen: 24
Returning ST Lettermen: 5
Lettermen Lost: 12
Ten Best Players
1. RB DonTrell Moore, Soph.
2. S , Sr.
3. OT , Sr.
4. LB , Jr.
5. DE , Sr.
6. LB Billy Strother, Sr.
7. OG , Jr.
8. S , Sr.
9. QB , Sr.
10. DE , Sr.
2003 Schedule
8/30 SW Texas St.
9/6 at
9/13 BYU
9/20 at St.
9/27 St.
10/4
10/18 at San Diego St.
10/25 at
11/1
11/7
11/15
11/22 at
The upgrade in Mountain West talent doesn't mean New Mexico won't be a player in the race. The Lobos gave a big push before losing 22-14 and should be a factor again this year. With a strong, veteran line, a great running back and enough stars on defense to assure a repeat of the performance at the end of last year, no one can take New Mexico lightly. The Schedule: The non-conference schedule will be tough with road games at and Washington state, but the Mountain West slate is as good as can be with BYU, , ad coming to Albuquerque. Best Offensive Player: Sophomore RB DonTrell Moore. was on his was to a huge season last year rushing for 496 yards and four touchdowns in the first four games before getting hurt. Moore came out of nowhere to rush for 1,134 yards and 13 touchdowns showing outstanding power. Best Defensive Player: Senior safety . After missing all of 2001 with academic difficulties, Ratcliff returned to become the star of the secondary and an All-Mountain West selection making 73 tackles. Key player to a successful season: Cornerbacks and . The pass rush should provide more than enough pressure to give the corners help, but Brack and Brown have to be good enough to take advantage. The season will be a success if: New Mexico wins the Mountain West. With so many returning starters and a whole new attitude, this is the year New Mexico has to become a top league program. Key game: Nov. 7 vs. . The Rams look strong again so this might be the biggest obstacle between the Lobos and the Liberty Bowl. On the other hand with coming up the following week, this might be a must win for a bowl game. 2002 Fun Stats:
  • UNM is the only team in the nation to increase its win total every year since 1999.
  • Penalties: 101 for 856 yards - Opponents 72 for 596
  • Third quarter scoring: Opponents 120 - 103
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    Jonathan Harrell WR 6-2 200 Fr. Everman, (Everman HS) Jordan Adams TE 6-4 235 Fr. Arlington, (Lamar HS) Niam Adams LB 6-0 215 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Fairfax HS) Allex Alvarado TE 6-5 235 Fr. San Antonio, (MacArthur HS) Jeff Benjamin DL 6-2 255 Fr. Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS) Tye Butler QB 6-1 190 Fr. Big Spring, (Big Spring HS) George Carter LB/FB 6-3 205 Fr. Albuquerque (Albuquerque HS) Herb Cash CB 5-11 151 So. Carson, Calif. (Compton College) Fred Colbert RB 5-10 205 Fr. Baldwin Park, Calif. (Alhambra HS) *Bryan Easterly DE 6-3 237 Jr. Ventura, Calif. (Ventura College) Martelius Epps RB/DB 5-9 171 Fr. Omaha, (Daingerfield HS) Darius Ferguson RB/DB 5-9 190 Fr. Paris, (Paris HS) Juamar Hall RB/DB 5-11 170 Fr. San Angelo, (Lakeview HS) Cody Kase LB 6-2 205 Fr. Valencia, Calif. (Hart HS) Anthony Kilby OL 6-5 270 Fr. Albuquerque (Manzano HS) Josh Lancaster LB 6-1 205 Fr. Grapevine, (Colleyville Heritage HS) Bart Miller OL 6-4 295 Fr. Elk Grove Village, Ill. (Elk Grove Village HS) Major Mosley WR 6-3 215 Fr. Houston, (George Bush HS) Vince Natali OL 6-2 295 Fr. Park Ridge, Ill. (Maine South HS) CB 6-0 185 Jr. Dayton, (Blinn JC) Matt Peebles RB/DB 6-2 200 Fr. Bridge City, (Bridge City HS) RB 6-3 210 Fr. San Diego, Calif. (Morse HS) Michael Tuohy DL 6-2 235 Fr. Moreno Valley, Calif. (Valley View HS) LB 6-1 225 Fr. La Crescenta, Calif. (St. Francis HS) Nate Weber OL 6-5 300 So. Los Angeles, Calif. (Michigan State) *Potential Instant Impact Players
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