Sun Belt Football Preseason Coaches Poll Released; Aggies Picked 11th

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Sun Belt Conference office announced the 2014 Preseason Coaches Poll, July 19. NM State was selected No. 11 in the poll with 26 points.

“Right now all we can worry about is ourselves,” head coach Doug Martin said. “There is a reason why you play the games. We know that this is a much improved football team right now then from this time last year. We understand the challenges we have ahead of us and we look forward to those challenges and getting back on the football field.”

NM State went 2-10 in 2013 during Martin’s first season as head coach after playing one of the toughest schedules in the school’s history. The Aggies faced five teams that had participated in a bowl game the previous season while also playing two teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Fourteen Aggies Honored By ITA For Academic Success

A total of fourteen Aggie men's and women's tennis players were honored by the ITA on Thursday for their academic success as the ITA announced their All-Academic teams.

The men's team placed eight student-athletes on the All-Academic teams, more than any other school in the WAC by a wide margin as the next closest school placed three student-athletes on the All-Academic team.

The women's team placed six on the All-Academic team, second most on the women's side behind UT Pan American which had seven honorees.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

The list of honorees is as follows:

Men
Degardin, Germain, New Mexico State
Thomas Douglas, New Mexico State
Liam Goldberg, New Mexico State
Jeremy Harlas, New Mexico State
Naveensaii Manivannan, New Mexico State
Patrick Pfister, New Mexico State
Strahinja Trecakov, New Mexico State
Marc Westgate, New Mexico State

Women
Susana Alcaraz Gonzalez, New Mexico State
Mia Brandt, New Mexico State
Brittany Collens, New Mexico State
Ashvarya Shrivastava, New Mexico State
Maria Van der Ben, New Mexico State
Annemieke Witte, New Mexico State  Continue Reading This Post >>

Maxwell Johnson Named To Lou Groza Award Watch List

Written By: Sun Belt Media Relations

New Mexico State's Maxwell Johnson was named to the thirty-player Watch List for the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Wednesday.

Johnson returns after he was NMSU's leading scorer in 2013. His 10 field goals came in the span of the final eight games, including a pair in the 4th quarter of a 34-29 victory over Abilene Christian.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 6th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former Groza finalists selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 24th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 11th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ume-Ezeoke Named To 2014 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Rimington Trophy Committee has released its 2014 Fall Watch List, which features 66 of the best centers in Division I football, including New Mexico State’s Valerian Ume-Ezeoke. This is the second year in a row that Ume-Ezeoke, a native of Garland, Texas, as made the fall watch list.

Ume-Ezeoke started at center for the Aggies offensive line during the 2013 season, recording 56.5 knockdowns, second highest on the team. He had a season-high 10 knockdowns against Louisiana (Nov. 2). Ume-Ezeoke’s play helped the Aggies’ leading rusher Germi Morrison rush for an average of 4.1 yards a rush on 109 carries for 451 yards and a team-high four rushing touchdowns. His blocking ability also allowed quarterback Andrew McDonald lead the Aggies in passing, throwing for 2,497 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 208.1 yards a game.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Williamson Released From Aggie Women’s Basketball Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced Tuesday that senior Danesia Williamson has been dismissed from the team due to academic ineligibility.

Williamson sat out the first half of the 2013-14 season for the same reason, but came back during Western Athletic Conference play to have five 30-point games and set a new WAC and NM State record with 17 free throws made in the quarterfinals of the 2014 conference tournament. She sank a career-high 37 points in the same game and scored 20 or more points in 21 of her 22 games. She was named First Team All-WAC following the success of her junior campaign.

NM STATE Releases Aggie Memorial Stadium Turf Design

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

2014 NM State Field Turf Design

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State athletic department today released the final design of the synthetic turf that is currently being installed at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The field will debut on Thursday, August 28 at 6PM for the home opener against Cal Poly as part of Ag Day.

The field design will use a liberal amount of crimson, with the Pistol Pete logo emblazoned across the center of the field. The bright and vibrant colors will make Aggie Memorial Stadium a place of pride for the entire community.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Three Aggie Women's Golfers Named WGCA All-American Scholars

Coral Springs, Fla. -- The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars for Division I, II & III were announced today. A total of three women’s collegiate golfers from New Mexico State were recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.

Camille Orito, Fr.
Laura Barron, Jr.
Paige Darwin, Jr.

WAC All-Academic Honors for Spring Sports, Freshman And Transfers Announced

DENVER, CO - The 2014 academic all-WAC baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams have been announced, in addition to the academic all-WAC freshmen/transfer teams for all sports. A total of 37 spring student-athletes from New Mexico State were named to the list, while 42 freshmen and transfers were added for a total of 79 student-athletes. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. The following is a list of the honorees:

Baseball
Kevin Carswell, So.
Trey Gonsalez, So.
Kyle Kilgore, Sr.
Joe Koerper, So.
Kristoffer Koerper, Sr.
Taylor Noyer, Sr.

Men's Golf
Willy Hogan, Sr.
Brett Walker, Jr.

Women's Golf
Kacey Dalpes, So.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2014 Aggie Football Schedule Released

2014 NM State Football Schedule

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department released the 2014 New Mexico State football poster, Thursday afternoon. This year the 2014 edition is shaped like the state of New Mexico, while also holding several elements of symbolism.

In addition to its unique shape, die cut in the State of New Mexico, the player wearing the No. 1 jersey shows that the players are excited for a new season and ready to strive for success on the field. It also symbolizes unity among the community, coaches, players, and the university to rebuild the football program to prominence.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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