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New Mexico Preview 2016: Bob Davie Breakthrough

The New Mexico football outlook for 2016 season. The Lobos finally broke through last season under Bob Davie. Now do it again.

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There we go. Now that’s how it’s really supposed to work.

Bob Davie was an elite assistant head coach and did an okay job at Notre Dame. He brought a sense of normalcy and dignity to the program after things fell totally off the map. But he couldn’t seem to get things going at New Mexico.

And it didn’t help much that Rocky Long – who was booted after he couldn’t quite take New Mexico from good to great – has turned San Diego State into a Mountain West superpower.

Davie got the tremendous ground game in place from the start, but his defenses couldn’t seem to keep up their end of the bargain – particularly galling since he’s a defensive coach – on the way to a rough 11-26 start over his first three seasons.

But last year, finally, everything started to kick in. The running game worked, the defense wasn’t totally miserable in key stretches, and New Mexico got to a bowl game after winning three of its final four games – highlighted by stunners over Boise State and Air Force. The Lobos pushed Arizona in a terrific bowl game – losing 45-37 – but then it was over. The team was hot and playing well just in time for the season to end.

You know what’s coming.

They’re going to keep running the ball with quarterback Lamar Jordan a dynamic playmaker leading the way, and they’re going to hope for a little bit of a passing game to help take the heat off.

They’re going to try to get more physical defensively, and this time around it might actually happen with ten starters back.

They’re also going to try to take one more big step forward in Davie’s fifth year and recapture the momentum from 2015’s fantastic finishing kick.

This has been what Davie and the program have been working for. This is what a rebuilding job looks like.