Lobos’ center will be tested in new role

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Tevita Fonua knows the importance of a good snap on the offensive line. It will be his job to deliver a good one snap after snap as the Lobos open the season against Mississippi Valley State Saturday.

“I just got to stay consistent you know”, said Fonua. “Know where the ball is going and execute my assignments.”

The six-foot-two 308 pound Fonua took over the spot after starting center Toye Adewon went down from an undisclosed injury that is expected to keep him out for a long period of time. Fonua, a junior college transfer, came to the Lobos in January out of Laney College in Oakland, California.

He played guard on the offensive line at Laney the last two seasons and assumed the same role on arrival at New Mexico. Fonua, known for being explosive off the line, had a slow start at New Mexico.

However, he seems to come around after being moved to center. “We were a little disappointed and amazingly we moved him to center last week really because we had to,” said Lobos head coach Bob Davie. “He kind of really became comfortable there, really good with the snaps and seems to be a better player there.”

The Lobos and Mississippi Valley State have a 6 p.m. start time Saturday.

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