Lobos football head coach Bob Davie has reinstated cornerback Devonta Tabannah, effective Monday.
Tabannah, a sophomore from Oxon Hill, Md., was suspended Aug. 27 after his DWI arrest the previous day. He will not be with the team Saturday when the Lobos play Texas in Austin, but will be available when they face Texas Tech in Lubbock on Sept. 15.
In dealing with Tabannah’s situation, Davie, UNM’s first-year head coach, said he researched how other NCAA football programs had dealt recently with similar issues.
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“These decisions are tough to make,” Davie said after Wednesday’s practice. “What’s always been the dilemma is, you want to penalize (players) enough so that they understand the severity of it and the other players see it.
“In the same regard, you don’t want to overpenalize someone just to send a message or just to set a precedent. That’s really not fair.”
Tabannah, Davie said, has handled the situation well.
“It’s just the way he’s handled his business,” Davie said. “… Obviously, I hope I don’t have more of these situations. You just try to take each one and always know you’re gonna be second-guessed on any decision you make.”
MESSING WITH TEXAS: Saturday’s game will be the 12th time Davie has coached against Texas. In the 11 previous games – nine as an assistant at Texas A&M, twice as an assistant at Notre Dame – he has a remarkable record of 10-1 against the Longhorns.
Texas and Texas A&M won’t play this year, for the first time since 1915, because of A&M’s move from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference.
“The thought that they’re not playing is shocking to me,” Davie said. “That is just crazy.”
INJURIES, ETC.: Junior running back Kasey Carrier likely will play against Texas, Davie said.
Carrier missed last week’s season opener, and most of fall camp, with a hamstring injury after emerging from spring practice as the starter at running back.
Junior Demarcus Rogers, who rushed for a team-best 103 yards in last week’s 66-21 victory over Southern, has a bruised knee and is questionable for the Texas game.
Starting free safety Freddy Young has a deep thigh bruise but is probable for Saturday. Davie said Brandon Branch, a redshirt freshman from Albuquerque Academy, has practiced well and likely will see action at free safety.
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— This article appeared on page D3 of the Albuquerque Journal