2011 New Mexico Pre-season Outlook 2009 Record: 1-11 2010 Preseason Ranking: #116 2010 Outlook After a dismal season, New Mexico would look to improve in all aspects on the field. Offensive Outlook In a surprise move, Lobos Coach Maij announced true Soph. QB Tarean Austin would be the starter for the 2010 season, replacing Jr. BR Holbrook. When asked about the move Coach Maij stated, " Tarean adds a dimension to the offense that was missing last year. Teams now have to account for our Quarterback position in the run game." Hiring away Offensive Coordinator Mike Dunbar from rival New Mexico State, the Lobos look to become more balanced in their spread attack. Passing Game The Offense as a whole was bad for UNM, but Coach Maij and OC Dunbar have put an emphasis on the passing game in hopes that it will open up the running game. "We want to open the offense up, but we never want to throw it 40 or 50 times a game. We are a pass first team, but will always be working for balance when all things are said and down." QB Tarean Austin will be leading this offense, and the Lobos will return all three leading WR's from last year in Jr.'s Ty Kirk and Quintell Solomon, and Sr. Michael Scarllett. Running Game The Lobos running game was disappointing at best, but you can't really run the ball when you are down a couple of scores to begin with. Coach Maij has stated that you can expect a lot more hand-offs to returning starter Desmond Dennis and you will see a more diverse running game involving QB Tarean Austin. "We are not Georgia Tech, Air Force, Nevada or West Virginia, but you will see a lot of different run concepts in this offense, Tarean and Desmond will have every opportunity to make things happen in the run game." Sr. HB James Wright also looks to be used in more short yardage packages, and goal line. "James is a behemoth at his position [Wright closed fall camp at 242lbs], and I will gladly let him enforce his will on opposing defenses." Defensive Outlook The Lobos welcome back key starters to a unit looking to improve on their sub-100 ranking last year led by Sr. MLB Carmen Messina, Sr. DE Johnathan Rainey and Sr. CB Anthony Hooks. "We have great leadership at each position on our defense, and I expect great things from this unit," Coach Maij stated. Lobos will look to improve on their playmaking as they finished last in the nation in turnovers last year. Column 1 The Schedule vs. Louisville vs. #17 Boston College vs. New Mexico State RIO GRANDE RIVALRY at Texas Tech vs. TCU * at BYU * vs. Wyoming * vs. San Diego State * at Colorado State * vs. Utah * at Air Force at Nevada-Las Vegas * The schedule is tough, and going over it you just dont see how the Lobos look to improve in the win column, the silver lining is that the Lobos spend the early part of the season in Albuquerque, which should help QB Tarean Austin.