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Rick Wright | Albuquerque Journal | August 13, 2014

Young and talented

RUIDOSO, N.M. -- This truth should be held to be self-evident: Bob Davie, who has been involved in college football for four decades as a player, coach, broadcaster and coach again, knows talent when he sees it.

He's seeing it now, he says -- each day he watches his New Mexico football team practice.

"We are a pretty talented team," he said after the Lobos' Tuesday morning practice. "We are.

"It's a young, talented team, more so than it's been."

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The Lobos have won just 10 games the past five seasons and are 7-18 in Davie's first two years.

On Monday, a relatively light day for the players, Davie and his staff evaluated film of Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage.

The defense won the scrimmage on a points system devised by the coaches. But both units had success -- the offense with big plays via both the run and the pass, the defense with fumbles forced and recovered, tackles for loss and third-down stops.

"We've got a lot more explosiveness on this team [than in the past] on both sides of the football," Davie said. "There's just some more potential for big plays.

"Just, hopefully, we're the ones making the big plays."

Whether that happens this season, he said, will depend greatly on how fast his younger, talented players can grow up.

"We've got some personality on this team," he said. "That certainly can be our biggest strength, because we've got a lot of guys that really like to play.

"But right now, [that personality] is probably even between our biggest strength and our biggest weakness, because we're immature. So, between now and when we play [on Aug. 30, against UTEP], it's just the maturity piece of it."

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