Preview 2018: New Mexico Lobos. Okay ... Now What?

Preview 2018: New Mexico Lobos. Okay ... Now What?

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Preview 2018: New Mexico Lobos. Okay ... Now What?


What You Need To Know About The New Mexico Offense

–  Nothing really changes with Bob DeBesse gone to Georgia Southern and Calvin Magee in as the offensive coordinator in terms of style and philosophy. However, the production needs to come back after the ground game was just okay, not great. If New Mexico isn’t running the ball for over 300 yards per game, the offense isn’t working – there’s not going to be much of a passing game, ever. That’s where Magee comes in after tutoring Khalil Tate and running the Arizona offense under Rich Rodriguez.

– Tevaka Tuioti isn’t Khalil Tate, but he’s a very quick, very capable runner who can take off and bust out big plays on a regular basis. He’s not built to take a pounding, though, and he’s never going to be the most accurate passer.

When not guiding the running game, his job is to occasionally hit the big play down the field. With six of the top seven receivers back, there should be some semblance of an air attack after finishing last in the Mountain West in passing efficiency.

– Tyrone Owens is back after leading the team with 770 yards and four scores, but the next four top rushers are gone. Tuioti has to hover around the 750-yard mark and make all the young running backs better by making the right decisions on how to use them on the fly.

With three regular starters up front gone, it might take a little bit to get going, but there’s enough experience back to be okay. Now the line has to start bashing away again for a ground game that came up with 1,725 fewer yards and 27 fewer touchdowns.

Biggest Key To The New Mexico Offense

Again, run the ball, and run it better. However, the Lobos need a more effective passing game, they need to be better on third downs – converting just 30% of the time – and they have to score when they get their chances. More than anything else, they have to hang on to the ball.

The turnovers were flowing, giving away 29 on the year and two or more eight times. After giving the ball up 14 times last year, 2017 was a total meltdown.

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