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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Senior running back Casey Carrier is fine with carrying the offensive load for New Mexico, although the Lobos are hoping to show a more balanced attack this season.
Carrier ran for 1,469 yards on 255 carries for a 5.8-yard average as a junior. He averaged 122.4 yards per game and scored 15 touchdowns.
The Lobos threw for only 895 total yards — less than 70 per game — with just five touchdown passes.
“We know we cannot survive like that this year,” said offensive coordinator Bob DeBesse. “We’ve got to be more diverse. We can’t be this predictable. So we’ve had to tweak our offense.”
Carrier doesn’t mind carrying the load, but he understands the necessity.
“I don’t think it’s a lot of pressure at all,” Carrier said. “I just have to come out and let the game come to me. Play my game. I think the offense will be very productive. It’s the same schemes but coach has definitely put a lot of twists into it to keep defenses on their toes.”
Two years ago when coach Bob Davie took over a team that had won one game, he inherited a roster that was understandably barren and full of questions marks, Carrier among them.
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