Depending on the perspective, New Mexico's 4-9 season in 2012 can be viewed as another failure, or as a resounding success.
The win total was actually one more than the Lobos had compiled in the previous three seasons combined, so from that aspect there was quite a bit to like.
What's more, New Mexico was competitive in nearly every game, which could not have been said about the Lobos in the previous three years.
But the Lobos had a passing game that often could best be described as inept and suffered with a porous defense that often struggled to simply field 11 healthy players.
Last season, ''we showed we can play with anybody,'' said senior defensive lineman Jacori Greer. ''That's great. That's always going to be a positive deal. But we don't want to be close this year. We want to win those games. That's our emphasis.''
Five things to watch as the Lobos continue to try to climb back to respectability under second-year coach Bob Davie:
1. DEFENSIVE STOPS: New Mexico's opponen...