NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Lobos football coach Danny Gonzales has always said he believed defensive end Joey Noble to be one of the best defensive linemen in the Mountain West Conference. Noble proved his coach right on the road at nationally-ranked Texas A&M last week.
The Lobos were beaten 34-0 in the game, but Noble called his name often. He finished the game with four tackles, one sack, one loss tackle and two quarterbacks. It was a solid performance against a very good team. “Joey Noble has proven he can play in this league,” said Gonzales. “Joey Noble has the confidence that our entire team needs. He was losing his mind on the sidelines because he believed we were going to fight and win. He didn’t have enough teammates who believe the same. So guys like him help, they help with that and Joey has proven it. They couldn’t block it. They couldn’t block Joey Noble.
Noble never doubted he would be able to disrupt the Aggies. “They adjust the pads the same way we do,” Noble said. “So playing my game and all it was was the effort and the attitude and the desire.” The question is, what will Noble do for a recall when the Lobos travel to El Paso for a Saturday game against the UTEP minors this week?
“I’m just going to bring him back and treat him like any other team and just find my shortcomings, squeeze in and keep working on our rush stuff,” Noble said. The Lobos and Miners hold identical records of 2-1.
In other sports news, the state of New Mexico will look to follow last week’s first win of the season with another when it hosts Hawaii on Saturday. Both teams will play twice this season, with the NMSU returning the favor in Hawaii in October.
“They have a lot of playmakers up front, the quarterback is really dynamic,” said NMSU head coach Doug Martin. “They just got beaten by a very good San Jose State team 17-14. It’s going to be a huge task and a huge challenge for our guys, but hopefully they have a little bit of self-confidence from last week and see if we can play a little better this week.
Game time starts at 6 p.m. at Las Cruces on Saturdays.
New Mexico United has hired its very first director of player personnel. Itamar Keinan will lead New Mexico United’s scouting efforts in the US and overseas and will represent New Mexico United – alongside head coach and technical director Troy Lesesne – in contract negotiations with players.
The Santa Fe High Demons men’s football team improved their record to 10-1 with a 4-0 victory over last year’s Class 5A runner-up Albuquerque High on Wednesday.
Finally, women’s volleyball UNM Lobo is 10-2 after a 3-0 sweep against the Air Force on Tuesday night. The game was the first Mountain West Conference game for the Lobos. The Lobos host Fresno State on Thursday.