Seven Aggies Named To Phil Steele’s Preseason All-WAC Football Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Phil Steel released his preseason All-WAC Team this week, which included seven Aggies football players.
The team included senior offensive lineman, Joe Palmer and senior wide receiver, Marcus Anderson on the offensive side. The defensive list included senior linebackers, Nick Paden and Jason Scott, junior defensive backs, Alphonso Powell and Davon House while sophomore, Kyle Hughes was named as third team punter and fourth team kicker.

Palmer was a vital part of helping former quarterback Chase Holbrook throw for 280 yards a game and rank 27 in the country in total offense. He helped the Aggies offense rank ninth in the nation in passing offense, averaging 301.3 yards thru the air per game and 64th in total offense, averaging 355.6 yards a contest.

In 2008, Anderson tallied 50 catches for 617 yards and nine touchdowns. His nine touchdowns tied him for first on the team. His best game of the season came against New Mexico (9/17) where he caught four passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Anderson recorded six games with at least four receptions.

Paden capped off the 2008 season second on the team, third in the WAC and 32nd in the nation in tackles with 107, while posting double-digit tackles in five games.  He also recorded a pair of quarterback sacks for 12 yards, seven tackles-for-a-loss of 30 yards and two interceptions for a total of 33 return yards. Paden had a season-high 16 tackles versus New Mexico (10/27).

Scott recorded 84 tackles last season at linebacker, which ranked third on the team and eighth in the WAC.  He also posted nine tackles-for-a-loss of 29 yards and two quarterback sacks for nine yards. Against New Mexico (9/27), Scott posted a season-high 14 tackles.

Powell ranked fifth on the team and 19th in the WAC in tackles with 71, recorded a pair of interceptions for 29 yards and had three pass-breakups.  Against New Mexico (9/27), Powell collected a season-high 14 tackles.  He also recorded seven tackles against San Jose State (10/18), No. 5 Boise State (11/1) and Hawai’i (11/8). 

During the 2008 season, House recorded 40 tackles, a tackles-for-a-loss, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. House opened the season with an eight tackle performance at Nebraska (9/13). In the Aggies’ win against Nevada (10/11), House tallied six tackles and his second interception of the season, returning the interception 42 yards.

Hughes is the punter and field goal kicker for the Aggies as well as kick off specialist. In 2008, Hughes was a perfect 33-of-33 on extra points, breaking Bubba Culin’s school record of 28 in a row that dated back to 1993. Hughes punted the ball 52 times on the year, averaging 42.7 yards a punt which was fourth in the WAC. His long on the year was a 69-yard punt against San Jose State (10/18). Hughes recorded three punts over 60 yards and six over 50 yards.

Steele’s College Football Preview is one of the nation’s most informative preseason football magazines and had always provided a preseason All-American team as well as preseason All-Conference teams.

Phil Steel’s 2009 College Football Preview will be available on newsstands by June 9. For a full list of All-Conference teams, fans can visit