August 27, 2008

Frog practice report: 8/27

For students walking by the Morris Practice fields Wednesday afternoon, they might have been a little confused, especially freshman. That's because Coach Patterson stood true to his word and had the New Mexico fight song blaring all throughout the two-hour practice.

The team donned helmets and shorts and again continued to spend a majority working on preparation for New Mexico. Coach Patterson says his team is responding well and is just ready to put it together against New Mexico.

"Well, we didn't put in anything new in. Now, it's all about doing what we do well."

One of the main weapons his defense will face from the Lobos is quarterback Donovan Porterie, who threw for over 3,000 yards in 2007. Coach Patterson says the dual-threat signal caller posses a lot of problems for defenses, saying he compares in many ways to SMU quarterback Justin Willis.

"Athlete," Coach Patterson said of Porterie. "He threw for a lot of yards and he's made a lot of plays. We've got to contain him both with his arm and with his speed."

JOSEPH TURNER COMING AROUND

Earlier in the week Coach Patterson stated that tailback Joseph Turner is still working at getting back to 100-percent. The big back has looked good going through drills in each of the last two days while splitting time with the second team offense. Coach Patterson says it's always tough for a kid during two-a-days who is returning from a knee injury.

"We knew he was going to make it and get better and better as everyday went on. Two-a-days are hard on knee people."

THE SAME SIGNIFICANCE

On Monday Coach Patterson opened some eyes after stating the opener this weekend against a conference foe is of the same significance as opening with a team such as Baylor or Oklahoma. Coach Patterson re-visited this subject Wednesday and gave the same conclusion.

"They(Baylor and Oklahoma)were because of recruiting reasons, we recruit against those people everyday. Perception wise is what helps you in recruiting, if you win you're considered just as good or better if you lose you're not. With New Mexico that's why I put it on the same level of intensity for coaches and players because it's just as important for us to win those kind of games.

"This counts in the conference which is also important because that's one of our goals as you climb the pyramid is to win a conference title."

COACH P IMPRESSED WITH LOBO RECEIVERS

It's probably a good thing for MWC teams that Lobo receivers Travis Brown and Marcus Smith have graduated. The two receivers earned first team conference honors last year with both totaling over 1,000 yards led by Smith's 1,125 yards. However, Coach Patterson says the unit is still very talented and with an experienced quarterback returning he expects to see some players step up.

"Bruno and all those other guys have played except for the transfer from Michigan State, we don't know much about him. We know about all the tight ends and all the rest of their wideouts that have played before."

BRIEFLY:

Daryl Washington didn't practice today due to tightness in his leg. The move was just to give his leg some rest.

Tejay Johnson continued to watch from the sidelines but Coach Patterson says they may see him back at practice as early as tomorrow.

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