ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — My story for tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) paper is on special teams.
Here, in the meantime, are some things of interest that didn’t make that story or this (Tuesday) morning’s story, which led with the switch to morning practices:
BACK TO SCHOOL: Center LaMar Bratton and safety David Guthrie say they welcome the switch to morning practices from an academic point of view. But, morning practices or afternoon, they’ll get their work done.
Bratton graduated from UNM in May with a degree in accounting. He’s now a grad student.
“I’m taking this problems course, where I work with a professor on research,” Bratton said. “I believe we’re gonna be researching cash flow statements of big-time companies like WalMart, Best Buy, stuff like that.
“I have another course, just an advanced accounting class that I’m taking. I’m just excited to see what graduate-school life is like.”
Guthrie went to junior college out of high school, but it wasn’t because he was deficient academically. Considered too small for major college football by most schools, he needed to prove himself as a player.
As a student, proving himself has never been a problem.
“I had to (declare) a liberal arts major because I went to junior college,” Guthrie said. “But I’m focused on family studies and psychology, to be a guidance counselor, because I want to work with high school kids that just need a helping hand.”
RUIDOSO REDUX: Bratton, a fifth-year senior, is one of two current Lobos — wide receiver Jeric Magnant is the other — who have made all five trips to Ruidoso with the team for fall camp. The practice began in 2010 under then head coach Mike Locksley and was continued by current coach Bob Davie.
Bratton is from California, but, given the almost two months he has spent in Ruidoso, he might well qualify for a Texas license plate.
“They could make me an honorary citizen,” Bratton said, laughing. “I’ll accept that. Give me a nice little house out there in a nice little green area; I’d appreciate it.”
His fifth and last trip to Ruidoso, he said, was the most enjoyable and the most productive.
“The one thing I loved about going down to Ruidoso this time was just the energy that our team had out there, and the positive attitude,” he said. “A lot of guys were just out there hungry to make plays, and the competition amongst each other was the best I’ve seen so far.”
CRUCIAL PRACTICE: Davie said Wednesday’s practice will include some full-speed work in full pads, as well as work in the kicking game.
There’s a lot at stake.
“We’re really gonna start to lock in on depth charts – – offense, defense and kicking game. We’re gonna really lock on on our scout squads — who are the guys that go to the other end.
“… We’re still in the mode of kind of just developing our own depth and our own team, really preparing for the season. A lot of that will come (Wednesday).”
PERSONNEL ISSUES: Sophomore defensive end Nik D’avanzo, who left Ruidoso last week to attend to a family issue in Baltimore, is expected back by the weekend. … Sophomore offensive lineman Jack Lamm, a walk-on from Sandia, injured an ankle Tuesday. Davie said the injury appeared to be significant.