TB DonTrell Moore

2003 Statistics

Coach: Rocky Long
33-40, 6 years
2003 Record: 8-5
at Texas Tech LOST 28-42
at Washington State LOST 13-23
at San Diego State WON 30-7
at Utah WON 47-35
at Wyoming WON 26-3
Oregon State LOST 14-55

2003 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2004 Outlook

Rodney Dangerfield has some competition. The New Mexico Lobos have steadily improved, from the 3-9 team in '98 (Rocky Long's first season at the helm) to the 8-4 regular season campaign last year. In fact, they are the only school in Division I to improve their win total each year during that span. So where's the respect?

Last year marked just the eighth time in the school's 105-year history that the Lobos reached at least eight wins (the most ever is nine). It could have easily been ten, as two of their losses came by just a field goal or less!

If they wish to continue their progression, the Lobos will need to have a breakout year. Nine wins against this schedule is asking an awful lot. The talent is slowly coming in, but for success, that talent must be shaped by experience. The three non-conference games are all against bowl teams (Washington St, Texas Tech, and Oregon St), and four of their seven MWC games are away from Albuquerque. But keep in mind; this team is notorious for getting hot late in the season. Their first three contests will be solid tune-ups for the remainder of slate, especially going into Mountain West play.

The QB play will be fine. Aside from having an intelligent offensive coordinator in Dodd, Long himself is a former all-conference QB who provides a skilled mind for these signal-callers. He knows what it takes to field success and we don't believe anything along these lines will change. The offense can comfortably ride behind Moore and Cox on the ground, while the defense will quickly mature in those early contests. They'll be worthy of a bowl, but this team will take a small step back to nurture the new starters on both sides of the ball.

We'll soon see, very soon, just how loyal Rocky Long is to his alma mater. His track record will keep the opportunities coming, with a host of callers for bigger and (financially) stronger programs sure to tap this talent's shoulder.

Projected 2004 record: 6-5
OG Claude Terrell
QB - 2.5 DL - 3
RB - 4 LB - 3
WR - 2 DB - 1.5
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Kole McKamey, 23-10-3, 128 yds., 2 TD

Rushing: DonTrell Moore, 276 att., 1450 yds., 19 TD

Receiving: Hank Baskett, 17 rec., 288 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: DonTrell Moore, 21 TD, 126 pts.

Punting: Tyler Gaus, 71 punts, 39.4 avg.

Kicking: Wes Zunker, 15-17 FG, 42-45 PAT, 87 pts.

Tackles: Nick Speegle, 80 tot., 45 solo

Sacks: Marcus Parker, Fola Fashola - 3 each

Interceptions: Gabriel Fulbright, 4 for 27 yds.

Kickoff returns: Gabriel Fulbright, 2 ret., 19.5 avg., 0 TD

Punt returns: Hank Baskett, 1 ret., 25.0 avg., 0 TD


OFFENSE: Casey Kelly-QB, Adrian Boyd-WR, Dwight Counter-WR, Bryan Penley-TE, Justin Colburn-OT, Jason Lenzmeier-OT
DEFENSE: Zach Rupp-DE, D.J. Renteria-NT, Daniel Kegler-DE, Daniel Gawronski-LB, Billy Strother-LB, Brandon Ratcliff-LOBO, Terrell Golden-S, Sidney Wiley-S

Though Casey Kelly leaves as the school's all-time leader in wins, the cupboard is not bare, by any means. Replacements Kole McKamey and Tali Ena actually have far better tools than their predecessor. McKamey, an in-state product who runs a sub-4.5 forty, saw action at QB, and is even athletic enough to have played at WR last season, too. Ena is a transfer from Washington State (who's been at UNM for the last two years), where he backed up Cougar great Jason Gesser. He possesses the better arm of the two, and coaches claim, "there isn't a throw he can't make". McKamey will have the inside track, given Dan Dodd's preference in mobile QBs, but needs work on his touch throws and his reads at the line of scrimmage and in real-time. Both QBs give a little something different, which will play into Dodd's favor as the season goes along. Neither is that far ahead of his competitor, so we think a two-QB system could work.

Running Back
The Lobo offense has been piggybacking DonTrell Moore the last two years. With the success that's come of it, there's no reason to believe they'll change that now. Now a junior, Moore is a two-time Mountain West first-teamer, who finished as the nation's 15th leading rusher. He has that unteachable ability to stop flat and shift while in mid-sprint, turning a respectable gain into an extraordinary one. Fans love him, opponents fear him. Either way, he ranks as one of the premier backs in the country. Backup D.D. Cox will give you fits, too. Averaging 5 yards a clip, Cox works well as the anti-Moore, running downhill with unaltered decisiveness. UNM is set at FB with the tandem of Landrick "L-Train" Brody and Adrian Byrd. Both are skilled as runners and blockers. This is a healthy rotation of backs to throw at opponents that, barring injury, will be one the best in country!

Graduation took its toll in this area, and leaves early questions in the passing game. Hank Baskett is the only (notable) holdover, and must step up to become their main playmaker downfield. A two-time all-MWC high jumper and hurdles champ, Baskett leaves no doubt about his athletic ability. To become the complete receiver, though, he needs to become more physical and deal with the double-teaming he'll soon face. Curtis Flakes, a three-year CB, has emerged this spring to earn a starting spot opposite Baskett. Opposing defenses will likely stack against the run to prevent proportional gains. To keep them honest, the Lobos will counter by putting the ball in Flakes' hands on screens, reverses, and fly-motion sweeps. JUCO-transfer Chris Brawley has beneficial size and is tough to tackle, though he'll need time to adjust to the speed and strength of I-A play. Nothing spectacular will come from this group, nor will it be expected.

Tight End and Offensive Line
New Mexico plans to get more out of their tight ends this year. Starter Mike Augustyniak is solid, but coaches are real high on junior college-transfer Logan Hall. He saw more than his expected share of passes this spring and brings great athleticism to the position. The benefit of having a quality backfield means the TEs will have easier pass-catching opportunities from play-action passing.

The offensive line laid the foundation for an outstanding run game (16th nationally), but did less to protect their QB, giving up 26 sacks. To easily break in the new starter, that number will come down. Terrell and Cook were MWC first-teamers last year and will renew those accolades. Terrell moves to tackle, and freshmen all-American guard Robert Turner moves to Terrell's side. The "quick" side of the line breaks in two capable starters, both having received bountiful praise from the coaching staff. Dubbed, "the Hitmen", this group hunts you down and punishes you. They'll be one of the MWC's, and the country's, best units.

This is basically a ball-control offense, relying on a steady rush attack and a sound, low-risk passing game. They run the ball 66 percent of the time, so they don't put a whole lot of emphasis on throwing it, especially early with new QBs. They're going to beat you helmet-to-helmet with speed up the middle and around the corners. Expect Moore's numbers to go up, yet again (from 1450 yards, 19 TDs, 5.3 YPC), as the new offensive line is even quicker than last year's and just as big. He and his running cohorts will prove effective enough to facilitate a UNM passing game. By the time opposing teams learn to stop Moore and company, the QBs will have had enough time to get adjusted to big-time exposure and effectively run the offense. In addition, rotating them will ultimately impede defensive game-plan strategies and keep this offense moving.


CB Gabriel Fulbright


Returning Starters in bold
QB Tali Ena-Sr (6-5, 253) Kole McKamey-So (6-2, 208)
FB Adrian Byrd-Jr (6-1, 233) Landrick Brody-Sr (5-11, 246)
TB DonTrell Moore-Jr (5-10, 208) D.D. Cox-Sr (6-0, 213)
WR Hank Baskett-Jr (6-4, 215) Chris Brawley-Jr (6-3, 213)
WR Curtis Flakes-Sr (5-10, 161) Major Mosley-Fr (6-3, 215)
TE Mike Augustyniak-Sr (6-5, 255) Logan Hall-Jr (6-5, 257)
OT Claude Terrell-Sr (6-3, 338) Nate Weber-So (6-6, 324)
OG Robert Turner-So (6-4, 338) Melvin Foster-Sr (6-4, 318)
C Ryan Cook-Jr (6-7, 323) Vince Natali-Fr (6-2, 298)
OG Bryan Humphreys-Sr (6-3, 293) Patrick Hodges-So (6-5, 302)
OT Terrance Pennington-Jr (6-7, 342) Fred Tucker-So (6-4, 319)
K Wes Zunker-Sr (5-9, 175) Kenny Byrd-So (6-0, 172)



Defensive Line
The Lobos have been stripped to the bone on defensive line. The front that wreaked such havoc (39 TFLs, 16.5 sacks) has graduated and the Lobos now check the stock to find nothing but bare shelves. Defensive coordinator Osia Lewis has high hopes for NT Marcus Parker. He makes the switch from DE, and with continued development, he should be an all-conference talent. Aside from Parker, though, there isn't much familiarity. Injuries (this spring) to the experienced players have left folks worried about how effective their virgin replacements will be. Rocky Long and staff brought in a handful of JUCO-transfers to help them out, but nothing materialized in spring practice - nothing that makes us believe this group will be solid come September.

Luckily, the Lobos play a four-linebacker set on defense, so that should help compensate for the relatively weak front. It all starts with Nick Speegle. He won't tantalize you with flash or awe you with gaudy numbers. What he will do is get the job done. A three-year starter, Speegle is a sound tackler, as well as a major disturbance to any passing game. Fellow seniors Chrishone Harris and Fola Fashola are more of the intimidating types. Both are fierce hitters with a knack for finding the football and popping its carrier hard. These four (LBs) are the most active players on the 'D' and will be counted on to provide most of the heat on opposing QBs. They'll be the strength of this defense, so if they falter (injury), it will be a down year in Albuquerque.

Defensive Back
The Lobos gave up 248 yards per game through the air, but that was a result of foe's dedicated passing efforts stemming from their lack of success with the run (5th in run stopping, 89th in pass defense). UNM was 51st in pass efficiency defense, showing the quality of this group and their ability to keep the play in front of them (such that they had the 39th-ranked scoring 'D'). They return both corners, which are the keystones of the secondary in such an aggressive, blitzing defense. Gabriel Fulbright really advanced as the season drew on, earning second team all-conference honors. He leads a group of three CBs with ample playing time under their belt. Their experience will allow the linebackers to stunt more and take more risks in the pass rush. Senior safeties Josh Bazinet and Kevin Walton will be solid, as well. Bazinet is a hard-worker with great open-field tackling skills, evidenced by his success on special teams. A couple of JUCO0-transfers were brought in to help aid the inexperience down the depth chart. This group will need to be counted on, especially with the run defense down a few notches.

New Mexico is one of only five schools to finish in the top 30 in total defense in each of the last four years (Tennessee, K-State, Texas, and Oklahoma are the others). They've also finished tops in the conference in sacks during that time. So why do we think this defense could fall from such graces? We don't! Contrary to even what their coaches believe, this defense will compete weekly and keep the Lobos in the thick of things. Though smaller and less experienced, they have solid coaching and recruited a good amount of talent. Lewis is known for his stunting defenses, which put offenses in binds as far as blocking assignments go. However, with the youth and inexperience, things will have to be simpler to start. As they progress, then we'll see more stunts and tricks. They're reloading, not rebuilding, so this group won't drop too far with UNM's tough legacy here.


LB Nick Speegle


Returning Starters in bold
DE Michael Tuohy-Fr (6-2, 235) Kyle Coulter-Sr (6-0, 235)
NT Marcus Parker-Jr (6-2, 269) Billy Brittain-So (6-2, 257)
DE Adam Garday-Jr (6-2, 250) Stephen Hutchison-Fr (6-3, 231)
LLB Fola Fashola-Sr (5-11, 209) Joe Selander-Jr (6-2, 220)
MLB Mike Mohoric-Jr (6-3, 235) Chrishone Harris-Sr (6-1, 231)
RLB Nick Speegle-Sr (6-6, 240) Cody Kase-Fr (6-2, 202)
LOBO Martelius Epps-Fr (5-10, 179) Darius Ferguson-Fr (5-9, 184)
CB Gabriel Fulbright-Jr (5-10, 161) Juamar Hall-Fr (5-11, 171)
CB Jerrell Malone-Jr (6-1, 180) Brandon Payne-Sr (6-0, 183)
LS Art Haynes-Jr (6-3, 199) Kevin Walton-Sr (6-0, 203)
RS Josh Bazinet-Sr (5-11, 202) Charles Brown-Jr (6-0, 203)
P Tyler Gaus-Jr (6-2, 205) Jordan Scott-Fr (6-0, 186)




Wes Zunker is an all-American kicker, pure and simple. Not only did the senior hit an impressive 15-17 (88 percent) FGAs, he hit a 55-yarder (in the rain) during the spring game. He's an assurance for points at critical times which will win games for New Mexico.

Tyler Gaus averaged 39 yards per. What stands out are his 22 punts landed inside the twenty, while 14 others were either touchbacks or fair catches. The Lobos had a better net punting rank than pure punting numbers, so defensive depth means this area will again be strong, regardless of Gaus' results.

Return Game
The Lobos will be looking for new regulars across the board. Moore has the most experience returning kicks, but with adequate speed in other places, coaches may not wish to burn him out. Still, his ability to make people miss is a real weapon and would be a difference-maker. Baskett will likely see action in these areas, too.