ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – On a day when New Mexico Lobo sophomore linebacker Dakota Cox picked up the Mountain West Player of the Week for Defense, head coach Bob Davie said he could use more players like Cox.
Davie said he needed more dudes. At the weekly news conference, Davie clarified just what he meant.
“We just got to get some real dudes now,” said Davie. “We got some guys. We need some real dudes that can go out there and play 95 plays and can keep executing and not cave in. And, that is a process.”
Defensively, the Lobos have been especially bad on third down, making it hard to get off the field.
“We’re always one play behind and it’s so frustrating,” said Davie. “That is why we can’t get any momentum going on defense. We’re are own worst enemy.”
Cox, a definite bright spot on the Lobos defense, helped his team with 18 tackles and an interception in their first win of the season. His 18 tackles ties the best performance in all of FBS football this season. His 15 tackles per game leads the Mountain West. The Lobos host Fresno State on Friday in a short week that is also the Mountain West opener and homecoming for the school.