TB DonTrell Moore

2002 Statistics

Coach: Rocky Long
25-35, 5 years
2002 Record: 7-7
at NC State LOST 14-34
at Air Force LOST 31-38 (OT)
at New Mexico St. LOST 13-24
at UNLV WON 25-16
at Utah State LOST 44-45 (OT)
UTAH WON 42-35 (2OT)
at Brigham Young WON 20-16
at Colorado State LOST 14-22

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

The Lobos started poor in 2002, but they finished strong in winning five of their last seven regular season games. It was their second bowl game in forty years. Because of all this, there are high hopes in Lobo-land. They return 18 starters - all 11 on offense(!) - and a senior-laden group of players who are hungry to contend.

The offense's mission is simple- throw the ball effectively enough to compliment and extend the success of DonTrell Moore and the running game. The Lobos finished at the bottom of the MWC in nearly every passing category, and were dead last in total offense. Casey Kelly has to take this offense under his wing by spreading the ball from sideline to sideline, and, more importantly, downfield. Look for him to bring his numbers up and color this offense with more red - as in red-zone productivity, that is.

Defensively, the key will be stopping the pass. The Lobos gave up an average of only 217 yards against the pass, numbers again needed (or to be bettered.) Led by ten starting seniors, this defense will be one of the best in the MWC. Teams will be gunning for this crew.

Their schedule starts with SW Texas State, then gets tougher with trips to Texas Tech and Washington State sandwiching a home game against improved BYU. The good news is that the Lobos host Colorado State (bad news with Sonny Lubbick's road record) on national TV, and then Air Force back-to-back. The Lobos will win, but should fall short against CSU for the MWC crown. But don't be the least bit surprised if this team wins the MWC or even goes undefeated! They are a dark-horse special - look for them to beat a few teams that look better, and lose a few they should easily win. The entire conference's high competition level bodes well for the Lobos. They can still finish respectfully ranked even if they fail to capture the MWC crown…look for this, too.

Projected 2003 record: 8-4
DB Brandon Ratcliff
WR Adrian Boyd
RB D.D. Cox
LB Daniel Gawronski
S Joel Paoli
QB - 2.5 DL - 3.5
RB - 4 LB - 3.5
WR - 2.5 DB - 2.5
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Casey Kelly, 314-181-7, 1904 yds., 14 TD

Rushing: DonTrell Moore, 245 att., 1134 yds., 13 TD

Receiving: Dwight Counter, 35 rec., 404 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: DonTrell Moore, 15 TD, 90 pts.

Punting: Tyler Gaus, 79 punts, 40.5 avg.

Kicking: Kenny Byrd, 1-2 FG, 27-28 PAT, 30 pts.

Tackles: Nick Speegle, 89 tot., 50 solo

Sacks: Daniel Kegler, 7 sacks

Interceptions: Brandon Ratcliff, 3 for 50 yds.

Kickoff returns: Brandon Ratcliff, 12 ret., 22.2 avg.

Punt returns: Dwight Counter, 31 ret., 11.4 avg.


OFFENSE: Joe Manning-WR, Quincy Wright-TB
DEFENSE: Desmar Black-CB, Brandon Gregory-CB, Hebrews Josue-NT, Charles Moss-LB

written by Tim Chapman

New Mexico's offense was much like the family station wagon - it wasn't pretty but it got the job done. Returning all 11 starters can only improve productivity in 2003. Soph RB DonTrell Moore (1134 yards, 13 TDs) burst on the scene in his first season and has given the Lobos reason to smile for the next few years. He has the bulk to move defenders, and the burst to run by them. After a bit of a slow start (stepped in for the injured Quincy Wright, Moore went on to turn in one of the finest rushing season in Lobo history, earning MWC Freshman of the Year honors.

A stable offensive line anchors all great running teams, and the Lobos bring just that. They will be looked upon as the cog that makes this offense tick. Junior OG Claude Terrell and senior OT Jason Lenzmeier lead these agile hogs. The O-line, boasting players ranging from 320-340 pounds, was a big key to 2002's late success, allowing only 17 sacks. That efficiency will need to be continued (or even bettered) for the Lobos to achieve higher marks in '03.

The Lobos need to throw the ball more often and effectively. With opponents placing an emphasis on stopping the running game, a successful passing game would be likely to make this offense soar. Senior Casey Kelly returns for his third season as the triggerman. While he doesn't possess a big arm, he is accurate and tough - exactly what this offense requires. Any improvement is Kelly's to make. He needs to bring the success that Graham Leigh brought to Albuquerque in '97, the last time UNM challenged for a conference title (lost in the WAC championship game).

A strong group of receivers come back, but none pose a deep threat. Senior Dwight Counter comes close, but this offense needs some more explosives on the outside. Fellow senior Adrian Boyd will get the nod, but he needs to find the endzone after no TDs in 2002. When finding a seam, senior TE Bryan Penley is a reliable channel for Kelly to hit.


OT Jason Lenzmeier


Returning Starters in bold
QB Casey Kelly-Sr (6-3, 193) Tali Ena-Jr (6-5, 235)
FB Landrick Brody-Jr (5-11, 230) Adrian Byrd-So (6-0, 224)
TB DonTrell Moore-So (5-11, 211) D.D. Cox-Jr (6-0, 210)
WR Dwight Counter-Sr (6-2, 193) Rashaun Sanders-Sr (6-2, 200)
WR Adrian Boyd-Sr (6-0, 175) Terrence Thomas-Sr (6-1, 193)
TE Bryan Penley-Sr (6-2, 244) Zach Cresap-Sr (6-3, 236)
OT Jason Lenzmeier-Sr (6-5, 312) Bryan Humphreys-Jr (6-3, 272)
OG Claude Terrell-Jr (6-3, 330) Derek Watson-Sr (6-3, 282)
C Ryan Cook-So (6-6, 340) Jorge Enriquez-So (6-4, 288)
OG Calvin McDonald-Sr (6-4, 323) Robert Turner-Fr (6-4, 300)
OT Justin Colburn-Sr (6-4, 280) Terrance Pennington-So (6-7, 340)
K Kenny Byrd-So (6-0, 150) Wes Zunker-Jr (5-8, 171)



written by Tim Chapman

The Lobo LBs were a force last season (283 tackles, 33 TFL and 11 sacks), and, despite losing their leader Charles Moss, should return to where they were at 2002's end. Senior OLB Billy Strother and junior OLB Nick Speegle are two of the best at their position in Mountain West Conference. They are great athletes who have the speed that allows them to run with backs and receivers, and the strength that makes them sure-tacklers. New MLB Daniel Gawronski will adjust quickly. He is one of the strongest players on the team, and is said to be a smart player with a good grasp of the defense. This group will only make other areas of the defense better.

The front three return both ends. Senior Daniel Kegler is creator on the front line and disrupts the backfield on a constant basis. As one of the most athletic defensive lineman in the conference, constantly necessitating double-teams disrupts the balance of an offensive line and allows his teammates to clean up. His compliment is senior D.J Renteria (13 TFL). Renteria is a big body with a strong motor. He is a force, yet agile. His lateral abilities allow him to take away the outside lanes to force backs inside, or stretch it way outside where said linebackers crackdown. They will form an experienced group along with senior NT Guillermo Morrison. All together, this defense accounted for 38 sacks a year ago, tops in the MWC, while bringing the second best rush defense (114 ypg).

The secondary returns almost in tact, but there are a few questions that lie within this unit. First is the insertion of two new corners. Senior Corey Brown played often enough so that this isn't too much of a concern, but nothing is certain. Experience will be a BIG boost to this group, though - the Lobos start four seniors in the back five. All-MWC SAF Brandon Ratcliff has a nose for the ball. And there is depth, too.

The big concern will be how quick this crew can get accustomed to new defensive coordinator Osia Lewis. Lewis, who came over from Illinois, might switch over to a 4-3-4 defense, which could take a little time to implement. They will face some potent offenses right off the bat and (the secondary especially) will be tested almost immediately.


DE Daniel Kegler


Returning Starters in bold
DE D.J Renteria-Sr (6-3, 274) Kyle Coulter-Jr (6-1, 260)
NG Guillermo Morrison-Sr (6-4, 272) Billy Brittain-Fr (6-2, 260)
DE Daniel Kegler-Sr (6-3, 260) Zach Rupp-Sr (6-5, 234)
LLB Billy Strother-Sr (6-0, 230) Fola Fashola-Sr (5-11, 209)
MLB Daniel Gawronski-Sr (6-0, 247) Chrishone Harris-Jr (6-2, 240)
RLB Nick Speegle-Jr (6-5, 235) Shannon Kincaid-Sr (6-2, 225)
LOBO Sidney Wiley-Sr (5-11, 185) Kevin Walton-Jr (6-0, 203)
CB Aaron Brack-So (5-11, 207) Curtis Flakes-Jr (5-10, 160)
CB Corey Brown-Sr (5-10, 180) Brandon Payne-Jr (6-0, 185)
S Brandon Ratcliff-Sr (6-0, 200) Josh Bazinet-Jr (5-11, 200)
S Terrell Golden-Sr (5-10, 200) Gabriel Fulbright-So (5-10, 168)
P Tyler Gaus-So (6-1, 205) ..




The kicking game was weak in '02, as they connected on only 5-of-10 FGAs. Four different kickers means there was no continuity. This off-season, they must find a stable guy (or girl) who can take over individually.

Soph punter Tyler Gaus was extremely strong as a freshman. The return game has potential with Counter returning punts and Ratcliff on kicks. In the MWC, these areas can be game deciding assets/detriments. Special teams will cost them a game or two if not careful.