Eight months after dislocating his hip in New Mexico’s 2018 season opener, former Americas High School standout Q’ Drennan is back on the football field. The Lobos wrapping up the spring schedule on Saturday with their Annual Cherry and Silver Spring Game. Drennan was a limited participant throughout the spring.
The Lobos are best known for running the triple option under head coach Bob Davie, but even then, Drennan has made the most of his opportunities catching the football. He caught 11 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns in his redshirt freshman season at UNM in 2016. In 2017, he hauled in 9 passes for 182 yards.
Drennan was poised to have a breakout season in 2018 as a redshirt junior, but three plays into their season opener against Incarnate Word, the 6’2 wide receiver dislocated his hip on a 40-yard reception. He had to be taken off the field on a stretcher and faced a long road to recovery.
Q’ Drennan is on the ground. He signaled for the trainers and was screaming in pain. His teammates are kneeling until he gets carried off. pic.twitter.com/nzN5EMT7wT — The Lobo Lair (@TheLoboLairFeed) September 2, 2018
“My leg was almost sideways,” said Drennan. “It looked a lot like the ‘Stanky Legg’ dance in 2008 or whenever that was. It’s just one of those things where I try to stay as positive as possible, especially in that situation. One of my coping mechanisms is joking. I just made a joke about it.”
The Lobos coaching staff feels fortunate to have him back and they feel like he will be even stronger in 2019, after receiving another redshirt year from the NCAA.
“That was a gruesome, gruesome injury,” said Davie. “It was almost catastrophic. To see him back is very encouraging. He’s a remarkable guy, I think, in a lot of ways.”
Drennan expects to be a full participant when fall camp opens in August.