Football: Lenzmeier is a winner from both sides of Aggie-UNM rivalry

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In 2002, Lobos offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier played offensive tackle for a UNM team that lost 24-13 to New Mexico State in Las Cruces.
It was his only loss in the Lobos-Aggies rivalry against 10 victories — three as a UNM player, four as a UNM assistant and three as NMSU’s offensive line coach from 2009-11.
He’ll be going for win No. 11 Saturday, when the Aggies (0-5) play the Lobos (1-3) at University Stadium.
After his playing career (2000-03), Lenzmeier worked for UNM in 2006 as a graduate assistant and the next two years as the Lobos offensive line coach.
After Rocky Long resigned as UNM’s head coach, Lenzmeier signed on at NMSU. The Aggies won three straight from the Lobos during his stay there.
He returned to UNM last year as coach Bob Davie’s first staff hire.
While at New Mexico State under head coach DeWayne Walker, he worked alongside Aggies offensive coordinator Doug Martin in 2011.
The next year, Martin left for Boston College, Lenzmeier for UNM. But now, Martin is back as the Aggies’ first-year head coach.
The Aggies, Lenzmeier says, got the right guy.
“I think he cares; that’s the No. 1 thing,” Lenzmeier said of Martin. “That’s what everybody needs. He cares about those kids, cares about that program, and he’s doing a good job.
“Kind of like us, he’s not seeing the results right away. But he’s doing it the right way, I’m sure.”
Lenzmeier recruited several current NMSU players, including star wide receiver Austin Franklin.
On any Saturday, other than this coming one, Lenzmeier says, he’ll be rooting for Franklin and his teammates.
“The rivalry’s big-time. Each of us wants to win really bad,” he said. “But they’re an in-state school, so we want to wish them the best of luck the rest of the season.”
Starting on Sunday, of course.

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