Hounds excited about new passing offense

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico

PORTALES — Count wide receiver Justin Campos among those excited about Eastern New Mexico University’s new wide-open approach on offense.

Campos knows there will be competition at his position, especially when new recruits get into camp in August. For now, though, he couldn’t be much happier.

“I’m loving it,” the 5-foot-11, 175-pound redshirt freshman from Lubbock said. “Last year was designed for the triple option (run-oriented attack). Everyone had their job to do, and I just did what I was told.”

He led the Greyhounds with 10 catches in 2007, good for 167 yards.

He figures whatever offense the Hounds run, it’s great just being able to play college football.

“Beggars can’t be choosers,” he said. “Not a lot of people get to do that.”

ENMU will have its second intrasquad scrimmage of the spring at 9 a.m. Saturday at Greyhound Stadium. Spring drills will end with an alumni scrimmage at the stadium on April 26.

Coach Mark Ribaudo said there are about a dozen wide receivers in spring camp, along with five “feature” backs for what will primarily be a one-back offense.

“We call it ‘feature back’ because in a perfect world, he would catch 100 yards in passes and rush for 100 yards a game,” Ribaudo said. “That’s a lot.”

Ribaudo said position coaches grade players after every practice in the spring, giving them an idea of what they have when practice resumes in late summer.

“At the end of the spring, we’ll know how many times we’ve thrown to a kid, how many times he’s caught it and how many times we’ve asked him to block and he’s been successful,” Ribaudo said.

“We’ll have an idea, but we’ll want to throw the freshmen in there (in August) because they’re good.”

Jessie Poku, another redshirt freshman, is the only other player with experience at wide receiver from last season. The coaches have moved some players to receiver from other positions, plus there are several redshirts.

Campos, who played at Coronado High School, said he isn’t concerned about having to fight for his spot.

“Competition leads to greatness,” he said. “It’s only going to make the team better.”