2016 NMSU Football Sun Belt Media Day Quotes

Written By: Sun Belt Media Relations

Head Coach Doug Martin

Opening Statement: We certainly are looking forward to an exciting year. We return Larry Rose who was the offensive player of the year last year and the preseason offensive player of the year this year, along with a very talented offensive football team.  The additions we made in the wide receiver group in particular is really going to bolster this offensive football team – this is the best group of wide receivers that I have coached in 20 years. We return a lot of weapons offensively; I really believe we can be one of the better offensive teams in the Sun Belt this year. Our issue will be on the defensive side and how much we can improve on that area. If we can improve and get to the middle of the pack defensively, I really feel like we can be right there to contend for this conference title at the end of the season.

Is leaving the Sun Belt affecting your recruiting at all?: No, it really has not made a difference in recruiting. I don’t think kids are so concentrated on what conference they are in, they are concentrated on whether or not they will play early and if the program is successful. I think the big thing moving forward for us is that we have an advantage that most mid-majors don’t have and that is having a tie in with the New Mexico Bowl. Not many teams have a bowl tie in a the mid-major level, so with us not being in a conference down the road but having a bowl tie in still puts us in pretty good shape.

What is your prognosis for this season?: We have our third recruiting class coming in now and that is going to get us back up to 85 scholarships this year for the first time in about 14 years at New Mexico State. We have been playing somewhat handicapped in the area as other people have had more depth but that is no longer going to be the case. Our facilities have improved and our talent has improved so for the first time we really feel like we can compete with anybody in the conference.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Cross Country Releases 2016 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State cross country has set a competitive schedule for the 2016 season. The Aggies will compete in six regular season meets, including the Kachina Classic Open, which they will host in Las Cruces.

“We are really excited for this upcoming season,” said assistant coach Joseph Rath. “We are excited to add the Charles Bowles Invitational at Willamette this year, since there will be several teams there and some good competition.”

NM State begins the 2016 campaign with two meets on the road. The team will travel to Ruidoso, N.M. on Sept. 2 to compete against Texas Tech in a dual meet to open the season. They will then travel to El Paso, Texas to compete in the UTEP Lori Fitzgerald Open, hosted by I-10 rival UTEP.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Larry Rose III Named Sun Belt Preseason Offensive Player Of The Year; Anthony McMeans Named Second Team Offense

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NM State football’s Larry Rose III and Anthony McMeans have been selected for the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Teams, announced the league Friday. Rose III has been named Preseason Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year was chosen for the All-Sun Belt First Team, while McMeans was picked for the All-Sun Belt Second Team.

“I’m really proud of both of those guys,” said head coach Doug Martin. “Larry and Anthony both work hard every day, and they deserve this honor.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's And Women's Tennis Earns ITA All-Academic Team Recognition

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s and women’s tennis team were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tuesday evening for their academic excellence. The women’s team had six players earn ITA Scholar-Athlete honors while the men had four.

As a team, it is the ninth-straight year that the women’s team has received the ITA All-Academic Team accolades while the men were honored for the fourth-straight year.

Departed senior Mia Brandt led the way for both teams with her fourth-consecutive ITA Scholar-Athlete award. The 2016 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Ashvarya Shrivastav, earned her third-straight honor while Chloe Jolliff and Rimpledeep Kaur garnered the award for the second year in a row.

Freshmen Lindsay Harlas and Sarah Van Eeckhoudt both received the award their first season in the Crimson and White.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Picked To Finish 9th In Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The NM State football team was selected to finish in ninth place in the Sun Belt Conference, the league announced Thursday. The Sun Belt Football Coach’s Poll is voted on by the head coaches at each football member of the conference.

The Aggies finished the 2015 season 3-9 overall and 3-5 in the SBC. After being chosen to finish in last place during the 2015 Preseason Coach’s Poll, the squad ended the season tied for fifth out of 11 teams.

The highlight of the season for the Aggies was a 3-0 run. First, they grabbed a 55-48 come-from-behind overtime win against Idaho on Oct. 31. NM State then traveled to Texas State, where they secured a 31-21 victory over the Bobcats. The Aggies captured their third win with a 37-34 victory at UL Lafayette. This was the first time the program won three consecutive games since 2004.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jordan Announces 2016 NMSU Volleyball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The reigning Western Athletic Conference champion New Mexico State volleyball program has set a challenging 2016 schedule, which will feature two 2015 NCAA Tournament participants.

In total, the Aggies will play 30 matches, and will host 11 of those at the Pan American Center. NM State will co-host the Borderland Invitational with UTEP in Las Cruces and travel to Las Vegas, Nev., Troy, Ala. and Providence, R.I. for three additional tournaments.

Season tickets will go on sale July 26 at 10 a.m. General admission season tickets are only $50, with NM State faculty and staff season tickets priced at just $25.

The Aggies are set to play 14 matches against WAC opponents. Additionally, NM State will host the WAC Tournament on Nov. 17-20. This will mark the first time NM State has hosted the tournament since 2007.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU To Phase Out University Funding Of Equestrian Program, Team To Compete In 2016-2017 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University, along with the New Mexico State Athletics Department, announced today that the equestrian team will be allowed to compete in the 2016-2017 season. This will, however, be the final season for the team to be funded by the university.

“Our students are incredibly important to us,” said NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers. “As the university continues to be under enormous pressure to cut our budget by $12.1 million, we have spoken with our stakeholders repeatedly over the course of this process. However, we should have given more notice to our equestrian team. This final season will give them an opportunity to compete and to seek other opportunities if they choose. I have shared this decision with the chair of our Board of Regents and she concurs.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Larry Rose III On Walter Camp Award Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW HAVEN, CT - NM State running back Larry Rose III has been named as one of the forty “players to watch” for the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 2016 Player of the Year award, announced the foundation on Friday. The Walter Camp Award is the nation’s fourth oldest individual college football accolade.

After leading the Sun Belt Conference with 1,651 rushing yards on 240 carries and being named the SBC’s Offensive Player of the Year, Rose III was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team. The sophomore was the only SBC student-athlete chosen for this honor following the 2015 season and was the first Aggie to be selected since Karl Dean, who earned Third Team in both 1974 and 1975.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Interview :: Jonathan Gibson And Mavericks Summer League Head Coach Jamahl Mosely

bleedCrimson.net: This is your third time in the NBA Summer League, what’s different for you this year than the previous two?
Jonathan Gibson: I feel I have a better opportunity to go out there and show what I can do. Before, my first time I was hurt in Boston and Portland was a tough situation with all those guys under contract. This is really my first real opportunity.

bc.net: How has playing overseas helped you prepare for an opportunity like this?
JG: Everything really. Just playing the one more (point guard) because in college coach had me at the two. I’ve played the one the last six years so really just reading the floor, having a feel for the game, being smart, having a good IQ and just running the team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Larry Rose III Named To Doak Walker Award Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DALLAS, TX - NM State running back Larry Rose III has been selected as a preseason candidate for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, announced the PwC SMU Athletic Forum on Thursday. This award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. Rose III was also placed on the Maxwell Award watch list at the beginning of July.

After completing an outstanding sophomore year in which he led the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) with 1,651 rushing yards on 240 carries, Rose III was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team. He was the only SBC student-athlete chosen for this prestigious honor following the 2015 season. Rose III was also the first Aggie to earn this recognition since Karl Dean, who was selected to the Third Team in both 1974 and 1975.  Continue Reading This Post >>