New Mexico, at 0-7, surely isn’t a good team, and it won’t get any better if the Lobos can’t find some motivation.
Interim coach George Barlow kept mentioning “effort” during his conference call this week, and mostly that New Mexico didn’t have enough of it during a 69-0 loss at TCU.
“I don’t think the kids got after it like I wanted them to, and it showed by the score of the game,” Barlow said. “We’re going to get those things corrected and see if we can give a much better effort than we did last week.”
Barlow wouldn’t say any players quit at TCU, but when the Horned Frogs took an early lead, a young team got down on itself. That’s something Air Force should be aware of this week.
“The way the game started and we haven’t had a whole lot of success and we have some young kids – like 59 freshmen and sophomores – and when you start the way we did against a quality opponent like TCU it was an uphill battle from the beginning,” Barlow said.
Barlow hinted that he could make lineup changes to find the players who are willing to give the effort he wants to see.
“When you have the adversity we’ve been going through this year, you’ll have kids that will be pretty down, but you’ll have kids who will be true Lobos and want the best for this team and want to go out and play and give their best effort every week,” Barlow said. “As coaches, those are the kids we’re looking for to put out on the field to give the best effort we possibly can to give ourselves a chance to win. We have a bunch of kids who are willing to put forth that effort and those are the kids who will be getting out there to see what we can do against Air Force this week.”