TB DonTrell Moore

2004 Statistics

Coach: Rocky Long
40-45 , 7 years
2004 Record: 7-5
at Oregon State LOST 7-17
at New Mexico State WON 38-3
at Air Force LOST 23-28
at UNLV WON 24-20
at Colorado State WON 26-17
at Brigham Young WON 21-14
vs. Navy LOST 19-34

2004 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2005 Outlook

New Mexico has never been in better shape. Over the last three seasons, the Lobos have won 22 games and gone to three bowl games. This is the most wins in a three-year span since 1962-1964, and this is the first time they've ever gone to three straight bowl games. As a reward, attendance hit an all-time high last season, and coach Rocky Long has job security through 2009.

What does this mean for 2005? Well, it means that, despite losing some key players on both sides of the ball, they'll keep winning. New Mexico is headed for a fourth-straight bowl game, and, hopefully, to finally win one (last post-season victory was 28-12 vs. W. Michigan in the Aviation Bowl 12/9/61). With Utah falling back to earth, New Mexico becomes a MWC front-runner. The Lobos have finished as conference runner-up three straight years, and have gone 15-6 since '02 against MWC foes (after going 32-93 while in the WAC for 15 years). Now, if they could just play every-other week, they would be golden (NM is 11-0 since 1996 after a bye-week).

Defense is what makes New Mexico such an attractive team. Aside from New Mexico, only two other teams have finished in the top 30 in the nation in total defense every year from 2000-2004. The other two? Oklahoma and Texas…pretty good company. So, even if the Mountain West isn't a BCS conference, the Lobos' ability to stop the opposition makes them a threat to win every time. Tilts at Mizzu, TCU, UTEP and Wyoming will define this campaign. Last year's huge win over Texas Tech, though, joins one other victory in 2000 (vs. Air Force) as the only upsets in alum Rocky Long's résumé here, so expect more of the same. In case you didn't know, Lobo football is an American classic: at University Stadium in Albuquerque, get your kicks right off Route 66…

Projected 2005 record: 8-3
QB - 2.5 DL - 3.5
RB - 4 LB - 3
WR - 3 DB - 3
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Kole McKamey, 210-103-9, 1272 yds., 6 TD

Rushing: DonTrell Moore, 232 att., 1091 yds., 5 TD

Receiving: Hank Baskett, 54 rec., 908 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: DonTrell Moore, 6 TD, 36 pts.; Kole McKamey, 6 TD, 36 pts.

Punting: Tyler Gaus, 74 punts, 40.3 avg.

Kicking: Kenny Byrd, 0-1 FG, 0 pts.

Tackles: Mike Mohoric, 83 tot., 44 solo

Sacks: Mike Mohoric, Marcus Parker - 7 each

Interceptions: Gabriel Fulbright, 5 for 4 yds.

Kickoff returns: Marcus Smith, 15 ret., 15.5 avg., 0 TD

Punt returns: DonTrell Moore, 9 ret., 3.9 avg., 0 TD


DB Gabriel Fulbright
OFFENSE: Landrick Brody-FB, D.D. Cox-TB, Mike Augustyniak-TE, Claude Terrell-OT, Fred Tucker-OG, Wes Zunker-K
DEFENSE: Kyle Coulter-DE, Fola Fashola-LOLB, Chrishone Harris-MLB, Nick Speegle-ROLB, Brandon Payne-CB, Josh Bazinet-S

Although Kole McKamey started 11 of 12 games last year as a sophomore, his job is far from safe. Their 119.1 passing yards per game ranked 114th out of 117 Division I teams. While that's not purely McKamey's fault, he completed just 49% of his tries and passed the Lobos to a measly 59 first downs by air. Most important, NM's efficiency ranking didn't surpass its overall passing ranking, showing how Kole genuinely needs help himself - it's not really the system. What the bulky McKamey does bring to the offense is great athleticism in this run-first offense, so his speed (4.45-sec 40) is a dimension needed. McKamey was shaky enough; however, that JUCO-experienced Chris Nelson was recruited, as was Donovan Porterie. Both have been promised a chance at the starting job. Although bigger than McKamey, Nelson is the same type of dual threat. But super strong-AND-quick (455lb. squat and 4.6 speed) sophomore Tye Butler has the inside track, listed second on the two-deep. His potential to command the offense is much greater than McKamey's, and Butler's work with the scout team will assure him real-game reps. This can be a deep unit if shuffled, but McKamey cannot be allowed to again make poor decisions that cost NM wins.

Running Back
The running game is New Mexico's strength (ranked 30th). It's a major question mark this year, though. Senior DonTrell Moore, the young MWC's all-time leading rusher, needs only 188 to also become the same for the Lobo's. He also is constantly catching the rock, coming in second on the team in snarls. But he tore his ACL (Emerald Bowl). He's progressing faster than expected and should be ready by the fall, but ACL injuries offer no guarantees, so his ability to again shoulder half the team's carries is doubtful. Moore ranks second for all top returners in the country. Freshman Rodney Ferguson goes north-south more, bursting strongly through teeny holes. No matter who runs the ball, they'll do it behind third-year starting FB Adrian Byrd. Byrd is a knockdown specialist who sees about a carry per game, though fewer throws. Depth at both backfield slots is strong, so this dimension will again thrive as it gets the ball two-thirds of the time.

Will somebody other than Hank Baskett catch the ball? The answer to that question could very well determine how the offense produces this season. Other than Baskett (54 catches for 908 yards), none of the other receivers had played Division I football before last year, and it showed, as only Baskett had more than seven passes. Everybody is back, and the potential will be reached with the right QB in place. Baskett, a senior, has great size and is a tremendous athlete (he's a conference champion in the high jump). Seniors Anthony Carter and Chris Brawley should emerge, as both were state track champions (Carter in the 3A 100 meters (AZ), and Brawley at 200 and 400 meters down in 'bama). Both offer a huge target, so it seems criminal if they both fail to register at least 20 catches each. Converted-TB Marcus Smith, also well-sized and speedy, represents the decent depth that is here, though the full potential of this unit is rarely tapped.

Tight End
New Mexico doesn't throw to its tight ends often, but the QBs have a great target when they do. Logan Hall started three games with his great hands, makes big plays after the catch, and holds his ground when going deep over the middle. Hall is also a solid (run) blocker. Behind Hall, there is very little experience, although sure-handed former walk-on Curtis Pino (also a deep snapper) will assure LBs cannot ignore his potential, too.

Offensive Line
Ryan Cook originally came to New Mexico as a walk-on. Now, he's one of the country's best centers, a three-year starter, and two-time first-team all-conference selection. Few centers possess his combination of size, strength (benches 425+ pounds), and agility. Even better, Cook has some pretty good talent around him. Hulkish Robert Turner returns to guard, where he proves he is the Lobo's most physical lineman after starting his entire career here (22 games). Terrance Pennington started at left tackle, but will move to the right "quick" side since coaches feel he needs more time until being that trusted again. That means the entire left side of the line has to be replaced. Junior Patrick Hodges has experience at all line positions (including deep snapper), and will be given the chance to win the left tackle spot. JUCO-transfer Bo Greer is expected to man the left guard spot. Behind the starting five, there is very little experienced depth.

The Lobo offense ranked as one of the worst in the country last year. Only eight teams gained fewer yards per game (298.0) and only 16 scored fewer points (20.3). The Lobos can't depend on the defense again to guarantee wins. If McKamey retains his starting spot, he must improve his decision-making, which he can by putting confidence in someone other than Baskett. With McKamey and the receivers all having a year of experience behind them, the passing game will make tremendous strides. A move to backup QB Tye Butler should not be delayed if/when McKamey struggles. The real question is whether RB Moore can return to full strength. His injury has helped DC Dunn examine the depth's potential as Moore sits out spring practice, but New Mexico needs him in the fall for this offense to get out of the conference cellar. Suspect is their 34% third-down conversion rate, but optimistic is their redzone conversion rate (87.5%) over the past 33 games, 78% of which have been TDs. The key word is 'balance' - NM just needs to rank in the upper half somewhere in passing efficiency for this offense to really take off.


C Ryan Cook


Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Kole McKamey-Jr Tye Butler-So
FB Adrian Byrd-Sr Matthew Quillen-Fr
TB DonTrell Moore-Sr Rodney Ferguson-So
WR Hank Baskett-Sr Chris Brawley-Sr
WR Anthony Carter-Sr Travis Brown-So / Marcus Smith-So
TE Logan Hall-Sr Curtis Pino-Jr
OT Patrick Hodges-Jr Jared Stanford-Fr
OG Robert Turner-Jr Dustin Moore-Fr
C Ryan Cook-Sr Vince Natali-So
OG Bo Greer-Jr Jorge Enriquez-Sr
OT Terrance Pennington-Sr ..
K Kenny Byrd-Jr Conrad Bokich-So



Defensive Line
This is the unquestioned strength of the defense. NT Marcus Parker is all-Mountain West. In addition to occupying two hats on most plays and still making/affecting the play (35% of his career tackles have been for loss), Parker has a nose for quarterbacks (seven sacks). His improved strength and added weight will make this three-man front even more formidable. Sophomore converted-LB Mike Tuohy will supply what is lost as Coulter is gone. His huge spring means he bumps back and now starts here, on the outside. Tuohy (pronounced TWO-ee) switches with Evroy Thompson, who will still be a floating line presence, able to drop back as he is being tainted a LB after spring. Adam Garday returns the left side. He began last year as the right side starter, but lost his job to Thompson in midseason. Garday floored while a Scottsdale C.C. Artichoke (10 sacks), so his upside has to come soon…or else, guys like 275-pound state wrestling champ Billy Brittain, who can roam the line (though listed as a NT), will take over. Brittain, a junior, gives the Lobos size that can be added when needed. Thompson will still be employed here, as there is little experience behind the starters. NM was one of 11 teams that held foes all season to under three per carry, so we will just see if this 17th-ranked run-stopping unit can come close to these numbers. These stats will likely rise a bit, and inversely, this unit has its work cut out to even get close to 2004's 42 sacks and 92 QB-hurries.

Mike Mohoric is the only return. Combining great speed, strength and intensity, the former walk-on has great pass-rushing ability (seven sacks, 17 hurries) and was third in tackles. Aside from Mohoric, New Mexico's corps is younger and more inexperienced than they've been in several years. Within the 3-4 they employ, this unit's developments will be accelerated by the solid line that won't need much help. Every one of the projected starters has played, but none has ever started, so the potential (and/or) talent is known, just unfulfilled. Cody Kase is an excellent coverage LB, and his size issues are offset by Kase's progress in the weight room, as was proven through his eye-opening efforts this spring. Quincy Black gives the Lobos more size on the outside. After excelling on special teams, senior Joe Selander - a former WR/SS to further attest to his speed - finally gets the starting nod inside. Evroy Thompson is mentioned above, so there is some other experience to build upon here. The prowess of this corps is why the Lobos usually have a strong overall defense - they provide the balance needed so no weaknesses show/surface for long. But with only two true LBs coming in the last two classes, this position has to stay healthy.

Defensive Back
This was the weak spot. NM was 61st in pass defense, but they were 34th in the more important efficiency category. Third-team NC.net all-American CB Gabriel Fulbright is a lock-down corner. Unbeknownst to holder Lucy, safety Charles Brown can plug the run as well as he roams the secondary. These two senior DBs call the shots now. Jerrell Malone takes over the other CB spot, and has the experience to make us believe he will step up well. He's sure to get picked on early, but Malone makes plays when given the chance. Tyson Ditmore gets the chance to start after a solid freshman campaign. Ditmore uses his vision and smarts well, making up for his average DB speed. Again, not to overstate, but this unit, too, has little experience in its depth. Under the guise of playing together as a true 'team', the revampings here can be seamless. Injuries to Fulbright and/or Brown would impact all of the DB's effectiveness.

In switching to a 3-4 set for the first time in '04, the Lobos made a rather smooth transition. Defense is still what gets the Lobos anywhere. They led the Mountain West in scoring defense (18th nationally), against the run (while 9th for I-A) and in total defense (24th). Several key playmakers from that unit are gone. With the offense expected to improve, that should take (some) pressure off the defense. The back-eight will still struggle early, though the CBs should do their jobs well from the start. This allows NM to force plays into the middle, where Mohoric can clean up. The Lobos need to stem their foes' scoring trends - the difference between first-half scoring (138) and second half scoring (86) shows that adjustments work, but take too long. With a run-oriented attack themselves, falling behind will again be a recipe that guarantees losses. A more positive sign is the redzone numbers - NM allowed just a 46% TD conversion rate and had 13 TOs in 105 total tries over a span of their last 31 games.


NT Marcus Parker


Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Adam Garday-Sr Kevin Balogun-Fr
NT Marcus Parker-Sr Billy Brittain-Jr
DE Evroy Thompson-Sr Stephen Hutchison-So
LOLB Cody Kase-So Michael Tuohy-So
MLB Mike Mohoric-Sr Justin Clayton-Jr
MLB Joe Selander-Sr George Carter-So
ROLB Quincy Black-Jr Herbert Felder-Fr
CB Jerrell Malone-Sr Mike Powdrell-Sr
CB Gabriel Fulbright-Sr Juamar Hall-So
S Charles Brown-Sr DeAndre Wright-Fr
S Tyson Ditmore-So Ken West-Sr
P Tyler Gaus-Sr Jordan Scott-So




Kenny Byrd is a former soccer player who had never played football before walking on with the Lobos in 2002. That year, he started eight games in place of an injured Wes Zunker, and showed why he has the potential to be solid, but not spectacular. His efforts could range anywhere from respectable to non-existent, so watch this variable to see if close games can be won. Coverage was solid, but a new kicker means changed hang- times and a different flow.

Tyler Gaus enters his fourth year as the starting punter and has averaged about 40 yards on his 224 punts. More importantly, he nailed 25 of his 74 attempts inside the 20, with fewer than 50% of his kicks even returned. Net results pretty much paralleled Gaus' efforts - they were average.

Return Game
There are about seven or eight guys who will compete to return kicks. Marcus Smith stays the primary returner on kickoffs, but managed just 15.5 yards per touch. The Lobos will try former-high & long jumper Daniel Ramirez, who was tops for NM in his handful of tries. Fulbright and Juamar Hall will be among the top replacement candidates. NM did block two punts, taking both in for touchdowns.