The core tenet for defensive backs is for them to have a short-term memory, especially after giving up a big play.
In this day and age of pass-happy schemes with quick, super-athletic receivers, defensive backs must also remain confident and aggressive. Just ask Donte Martin, a redshirt freshman cornerback from Oxnard, California, who is part of New Mexico’s young secondary that has given up several big plays this season.
“Coming into the season I already had all the confidence I want,” Martin said when asked if he gathered confidence from breaking up four passes in a 32-21 loss to San Jose State last Friday. That number tied for the most in a game for a Lobo in the past 20 years. “When I go into games I don’t really feel like I am in a bad position. I feel like the receivers are in a bad position because they think they’re going to come in and control the game. But I’m really trying to control the game.”