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The Changing Face of Lobo Football


The University of New Mexico football roster has undergone changes, and will undergo many more before the Lobos play their first game under new coach Bob Davie in September.

But the UNM roster linked to here, from,  is a bit of a puzzle. This is an updated roster, with names like Deon Long, Martize Barr and Meiko Locksley — those three having transferred to an Iowa junior college — removed.

However, note the names of Zach Dancel and Crusoe Gongbay. Both names were absent from the roster earlier in the day, then restored — presumably because Dancel, a safety, and Gongbay, a running back, are both enrolled at UNM for the spring semester, which began Tuesday. But Dancel has already announced he’s transferring to Maryland and is back at New Mexico only to satisfy the conditions of his National Letter of Intent before joining former Lobos coach Mike Locksley — now Maryland’s offensive coordinator — with the Terrapins.

Gongbay’s situation is believed to be the same, though it’s not known where he’ll end up.


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Meanwhile, Lobo fans were excited to see Daniel Adams’ name at the very top of the updated roster. The talented sophomore wide receiver, one of Locksley’s recruits from Washington D.C., was rumored to be leaving. Does his presence on the updated roster he’s staying at UNM, after all?

There’s reason to believe it’s true, and that would be great news for the Lobos. But until Dancel and Gongbay’s names come off and Adams’ stays on, or until Davie makes a definitive statement, all bets are off.

Two more names of note: Cole Gautsche and Richard Winston. Gautsche, the run-pass quarterback who led Cleveland to a New Mexico Class 5A state title, and Winston, a linebacker from Chandler, Ariz., are early high school graduates who have enrolled at UNM early and will be able to participate in spring practice.