The Bob Davie 2.0 version of Lobo football officially kicks off at 6 p.m. today.
The Lobos went 4-9 overall and 1-7 in conference play last season, Davie’s first as University of New Mexico head coach. But those stats are deceptive. A number of the losses were close with the Lobos having a real chance to win.
Fan interest is building as this season begins, though Davie will be the first to say the Lobos are still rebuilding. That’s after three disastrous seasons, with two wins and 26 losses under former coach Mike Locksley.
The Lobos take the field with some weapons. Star running back Kasey Carrier, who ranked 12th nationally en route to a school-record 1,469 yards on the season, is back. So is junior Crusoe Gongbay, UNM’s leading rusher as a freshman in 2011. Quarterback Cole Gautsche, a product of Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School, has honed the passing game, and the team’s starting offensive line has a combined 98 games as Lobos.
In other words, there are a lot of positives when the home team runs into University Stadium tonight.
The Lobos are a three- to four-point favorite against Texas-San Antonio.
It’s a season full of promise, and Davie has given every indication of putting a competitive team on the field while his athletes stay out of trouble and in the classroom.
The best way for the community to show its support for those efforts is to get out and fill the stadium.
This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.