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Lobo Thomas Likely Out

QB Holbrook May Join Him On Sidelines at Texas Tech

They are two of the New Mexico Lobos’ most valuable, and most fragile, football commodities.

Wide receiver Lamaar Thomas likely will not play for the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday at Texas Tech, UNM coach Bob Davie said after Monday’s practice.

Quarterback B.R. Holbrook might join his fellow senior on the sidelines.


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Holbrook, who sustained bruised ribs during last Saturday’s 45-0 loss to Texas in Austin, participated in Monday’s light workout and threw the ball without apparent discomfort.

But Davie said Holbrook’s rib area remains extremely sore.

“I would say right now he’s doubtful, if I could put a tag on it,” he said.

Holbrook said he’s feeling progressively better but is expecting to be re-evaluated by doctors.

“I feel good, and we’ll take it from there,” he said.

Thomas suffered a shoulder stinger at Texas and is experiencing some numbness and well as soreness. He participated in Monday’s practice on a limited basis, wearing a yellow, no-contact jersey.

“Anytime there’s some tingling in there you always want to let that thing calm down,” Davie said.

“Things might change throughout the week, depending on how I do,” he said, but as of now I’m a no-go for Texas Tech.”


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The good news, Davie said, was that medical tests showed neither player had suffered structural or internal damage. Neither is expected to be out of the lineup for a long period of time.

Thomas and Holbrook have had more than their share of misfortune since first donning a UNM uniform.

Holbrook contracted mononucleosis as a redshirt freshman, missed most of his sophomore season with a knee condition, missed playing time as a junior with a shoulder injury and sat out most of the 2012 fall camp with a chest inflammation.

Thomas, a transfer from Ohio State, broke a small bone in his back in his second game as a Lobo last season. Three games later, he suffered a foot injury and sat out the rest of his junior year.

Both players admitted to some frustration but said they’ll take life and football as it comes.

“It’s kind of frustrating, but it’s part of the process,” Thomas said.

The Lobos are 1-1 after beating Southern by 45 points and losing to Texas by the same margin. Texas Tech is 2-0, with lopsided victories over Northwestern State and Texas State.

DOEGE AGAIN: Last year, Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege called out UNM’s secondary as a unit he believed he and his receivers could exploit. The Lobos took exception.

“I think it’s a mismatch with our skill guys and their secondary,” he said before the two teams met.

The Lobos bristled at the disrespect, but, wow, was Doege correct. He set an NCAA record with 40 completions in 44 attempts during the Red Raiders’ 59-13 victory.

Doege, now a senior, threw for five touchdowns last Saturday in Texas Tech’s 58-10 rout of Texas State.

THAT’S BALANCE: It’s early, but it seems worth noting that the Red Raiders rank 12th nationally in total offense and fourth in total defense after their first two games.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal