We gave former Lobo and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer a call to see what it feels like to in the league!
first time I heard the name Quincy Black was back in spring of 2004. I was
covering the Rocky Long football camp and found out that UNM had 3 recruits in
that weekend one of them by the name of Quincy Black of William Rainey Harper JC… So being
the internet guy I am, I went home and looked up Mr. Black and some of the
information about him.
Fast forward a couple months later
and we were able to see "Q" on the practice fields. A soft spoken young man that
packed a wallop every time a ball carrier came along, not to mention he had some
wheels did this young linebacker, but it wasn't enough for Quincy who said the
first time I interviewed him, "I can
always work harder to get quicker and stronger."
In 2005 as a junior Quincy secured a starting position
and you could see that there was definitely a star in the making as he finished
the year with 63 tackles, and Lobo fans were looking forward to seeing "Q"
anchor the linebacker corps his senior year. Well a funny thing happened on the
way to the 2006 season.
Rocky Long decided to move Quincy Black to the "Lobo" position which anyone
familiar with Coach Long's system knows that the "Lobo" is the playmaker in this
defense, for outsiders it is "the position that made
former Lobo and current Chicago Bear linebacker Brian Urlacher famous."
as that bit of news was sprung the unfair comparisons were brought out and said
over and over and over again. It seemed like every day that fall camp and into
the season that fall camp Quincy was asked about the former Lobo in Chicago…
While it may have become an annoying question and one that Quincy answered a
million times, I have to admit that he took it better then most and while he may
have been tired of answering "the question" he did it.
More importantly, not only did he answer "the question"
with his mouth, but he also answered it on the field of play with 114 tackles, 3
interceptions, 1 run back for a touchdown, and a forced fumThis all culminated
with Quincy being named to the 2006 All-MWC team as a defensive
Quincy has some guns!
With all that behind him the confident Black went to work
to become an NFL player and that is exactly what happened on Saturday afternoon
as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the 68th pick in the 2007 NFL draft
to select Quincy Black to play for them.
TheRedMenace.com was able to get in touch with the down
to earth Quincy Black and discuss his dream come
would like to thank Quincy for his time and sharing his special day with us Lobo
fans. So from now on when future Lobo players and Lobo fans here about the
famous "Lobo" position they will say, "You know, the position that
made Quincy Black famous. He plays for Tampa Bay."
In other news
Former Lobo "Hitmen" Robert Turner has signed a free
agent deal with the 2007 NFL football champion Dallas Cowboys.
Former Lobo kicker Kenny Byrd has signed a 3-year free
agent deal with the Detroit Lions.
will be trying to contact both these young men in the next couple of days for
interviews as well, and let us congratulate these Lobo football players and wish
them well on their opportunity to play at the next level!