Lobos open home slate against Tennessee Tech

Lobos open home slate against Tennessee Tech

As the Lobos prepare to face off against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, the anticipation is building around University Stadium. This game marks the first time this season that fans in Albuquerque will get to see the Lobos in action up close and personal. It’s an exciting moment for a team looking to build off some of the hope seen in week one, but there are some concerns on the horizon.

Wide receiver Jeremiah Hixon, who put on an impressive performance with six receptions for 42 yards in last week’s game against Texas A&M, was seen at practice with a cast on his right hand. The uncertainty about his availability for Saturday’s game leaves some questions in the air. If Hixon is unable to play the Lobos will have to rely more heavily on players like Luke Wysong and UAB transfer Ryan Davis, who are eager to step up and fill the void.

Tennessee Tech, an FCS team, may not have a recent history of winning records, but the Lobos are determined to secure a victory. In the slot position, they need a reliable replacement if Hixon is out for an extended period, and this game presents an opportunity for Wysong and Davis to prove their mettle.

Another concern is the status of starting safety Tavian Combs, who had an impressive game with 11 tackles, a pass breakup, and a blocked field goal against Texas A&M but exited with what seemed to be an ankle injury. Just like with Hixon, Combs’ participation on Saturday will be a game-time decision. If Combs can’t play, it may lead to reshuffling in the secondary, potentially involving true freshman Dereck Moore, a move Coach Gonzales hopes to avoid if possible.

The Lobos need to use this weekend as a chance to bounce back from their loss against Texas A&M and establish their dominance on the field.

One thing’s for sure, the Lobos’ offensive line is setting a high standard. Despite facing an SEC defensive front in their first real test, they allowed only two sacks and four hurries while showing a push-and-protect strategy. With that kind of performance against an SEC team, things bode well against an FCS team.

Heading into the weekend, it’s worth noting that there hasn’t been a single FCS-over-FBS upset this season. Tennessee Tech’s recent performance, including a 45-10 loss to Furman with six turnovers, suggests that the Lobos have a physical advantage in this matchup. However, the Golden Eagles’ offense is known for its speed and creativity, with intriguing formations and motions that can keep defenses guessing.

UNM’s secondary, coming off a challenging game against Texas A&M where they conceded six receiving touchdowns, has a chance to redeem themselves. They are confident that they’ve worked out the kinks and are ready to face the Golden Eagles.

As the Lobos prepare to defend their home turf, the excitement is palpable. Fans are eager to witness a strong performance from their team and hope for a memorable victory. The stage is set and the Lobos are ready to make their mark against Tennessee Tech.