ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Crusoe Gongbay, the New Mexico Lobos’ leading rusher last season as a true freshman, has returned to the team.
Coach Bob Davie said Gongbay, who had left the program at season’s end with intent to transfer, has enrolled at UNM for the fall semester and is on scholarship.
He likely will redshirt this fall, Davie said, though that’s not definite.
Gongbay attended Wednesday’s practice but did not suit up.
“Things didn’t work out (elsewhere),” Gongbay said. “It’s real good to be back. I’m blessed that the team and coach Davie and the rest of the coaching staff allowed me to come back with open arms.”
Davie said Gongbay was allowed to come back because he’s respected by his teammates, returns in good academic standing, and because he was honest and straightforward in his dealings with Davie after last season.
“He’s a good kid,” Davie said. “I went through a lot with him in his decision to leave, but he never lied to me. He told me when I walked in here he was leaving. And he didn’t quit during (last) season, and I respected him for that.”
Gongbay, a 6-foot, 196-pounder from Rockville, Md., rushed for 500 yards (4.6 per carry) and five touchdowns last season.
“I don’t know the offense,” he said of his prospects for playing this year, “so it’s not a bad choice (to be redshirted). I do want to play, but whatever’s best for the team is what I want to happen.”
— This article appeared on page D4 of the Albuquerque Journal