As the old saying goes “Patience is a Virtue,” and there can be no better way to characterize former Americas Trailblazers football standout Q Drennan and his time at the University of New Mexico.
A highly-recruited college prospect in 2014, Drennan had a stellar senior season with the Trailblazers, accounting for 28 touchdowns. Drennan then chose to take his talents to Albuquerque and officially signed with the Lobos.
After redshirting his freshman season, he has been patiently waiting and studying the Lobos’ playbook and now has his sights set squarely on the 2016 season.
Drennan’s skills were on display Saturday afternoon at Lobo showcase, making a series of catches over Lobo defenders and spinning away from tacklers.
The 6’1″ wide-out has reliable set of hands that made him stand out during a San Antonio camp during his recruiting season, “I remember Bob DeBesse, the moment Q’ Drennan came out of camp, he called and said, ‘Hey, this kid is a no-brainer.’ He’s going to be a receiver for us.” Said Head Coach Bob Davie.
Drennan joins a UNM Offense that runs the Triple Option, which puts the Lobos at #9 in the nation in rushing, with an average of 252 yards per game and 3,278 total rushing yards in the 2015 season.
“Offensively we’re a big play team…maybe as big-play and explosive of a team as there is in college football,” Davie said. Now the Lobos look to become a little more balanced, aiming to get the passing element into full swing.
As Coach Davie enters his 5th season with New Mexico, he has been pleased with the way his players have performed this spring. ” These kids just really really like to play, and they like to compete…and – from a coaching standpoint – that makes coaching fun, ” says Davie.
With the addition of Drennan to the mix, Quarterbacks Lamar Jordan and Austin Apodaca have another weapon at the receiver position, alongside returning starters Delane Hart-Johnson and Dameon Gamblin. “We have been putting in some more up tempo plays and we have more calls where we can just go to line and run it, and not be to worried about the trickery where we can get the defense off guard,” says Drennan.
“I’m learning a lot , more than I knew before at the receiver position,” adds Drennan, “the defensive backs react a lot faster and you have to make reads at the receiver position and route adjustments that we work on everyday.”
Q Drennan and the New Mexico Lobos open up the 2016 season at home versus South Dakota on September 3rd.