Lobos offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier and running backs coach DeAndre Smith each spent time as Lobo assistants in the past, and couldn't be happier or more excited to be back on campus.
Lenzmeier, who worked as a graduate assistant and eventually earned a full time spot after finishing up his playing career as a Lobo, told the local media "I was never not a Lobo". After spending the past three seasons at in state rival New Mexico State Lenzmeier explained, "Obviously the profession takes you places that you have to go along your career path, but I have always been a Lobo."
Lenzmeier said he had a lot of former players and others involved in the football program throw his name in the mix when Davie got the job, and that eventually led to his interview.
Smith says he is probably more excited about being back around the program now than his first time on staff in 2008 because of the growing support from campus and surrounding community. Lenzmeier threw Smith's name at Coach Davie and a day or two later Davie was in San Francisco (where Illinois was playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl) sitting down with Smith and his family talking about the job.
"I have been fortunate to work for a lot of great coaches in college football, and he's another one of those guys" Smith said about the opportunity to work under Coach Davie.