9/1 - UTEP 9/8 - @ Texas Tech 9/15 - Kent State 9/22 - @ Mid Tenn State 9/29 - @ New Mexico State 10/6 - Memphis 10/13 - @ Akron 10/20 - @ Texas 10/27 - @ UNLV 11/3 - San Jose State 11/17 - Western Michigan 11/24 - Eastern Michigan Class of 20123 - Marcus Bishop - QB 6 - LaDarrius Thompson - HB 45 - Jeff Green - FB 19 - Eric Thorson - WR 1 - Dylan Rodgers - WR 15 - Jordan Taylor - WR 11 - Chad Green - TE 86 - Phillip Brothers - TE 65 - Eddie Dailey - LT 69 - Walter Thompson - LG 91 - A.J. Brooks - DT 12 - Shawn Dangerfield - FS 28 - Carlos Horne - FS With new coach LaDonnis Crump taking over for the Lobos, he will install a new offense and attempt to lead one of the youngest offenses in the nation. Coming out of Spring ball, it appears Freshman Marcus Bishop will be the opening day starter at QB with special packages for Tarean Austin. Bishop has shown a strong arm even with some inconsistency in accuracy. In the backfield, expect a good dose of both Senior Kasey Carrier and freshman LaDarrius Thompson. Similar athletes, Thompson has shown more physicality then Carrier and ability to break tackles. Carrier has a very quick first step and is quick to find the hole and get yards. Bishop will have a good group of guys to throw to this year. Ty Kirk and Quintell Solomon bot will return for their senior seasons and start at WR but impressive freshman Eric Thorson will work the slot and has great potential to become a star. Freshman Dylan Rodgers and Jordan Taylor will rotate in 4 and 5 wide formations. Perhaps Bishop's favorite target in the spring is freshman TE Chad Green. an athetic freak, Green stands at 6-7 and has shown very impressive hands catching the football. Fellow freshman Phillip Brothers will rotate in more conventional formations as he has shown much better blocking ability. Freshman Eddie Dailey will step in and start at LT day one. Impressive through camp, he may be on a short leash but may be a solid leader of this Oline for the next 4 years. The remaining 4 starters on the Oline are all underclassmen and have played well together through Spring. The front 7 on defense is not the strong point of the squad. WIth a lack of competing depth at DE, Senior Jake Carr and sophomore Dick Hugine will start with senior run stuffer Ugochuckwu Uzodinma and sophomore Calvin Smith starting in the middle. Both OLB positions are locked down by seniors Spencer Merritt and Joe Stoner with the middle will be run by the smaller Junior Toby Hall. Seniors DeShawn Mills and Emmanuel McPhearson return to start at the corner positions after impressive seasons last year. Jamaar Lyles will handle nickel packages. The leader of the defense is senior FS AJ Butler. Freshman Shawn Dangerfield appears to have beat out senior Freddy Young for the starting SS job. Dangerfield shows tremendous athleticism and great size. The best unit on the Lobos has to be the special teams. Sophomore kicker Justus Adams has yet to kick his first career in game FG but has impressed all spring. Junior Punter Ben Skaer has been called the best player on the team. It could be taken as an insult but his punting ability is off the charts. A potential draft pick after his senior year, he will be a big part of the Lobos winning games this year. A realistic goal for this season is 5 wins. I would like to reach bowl eligibility but I know it will not be easy.