Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The New Mexico State Aggie football team has been selected to finish eighth in the 2009 Western Athletic Conference football coaches poll and ninth in the media poll, released here Wednesday at the WAC Football Media Days. The Aggies received 104 points in the media poll and 13 points in the coaches poll.
In 2008 the Aggies were picked to finish seventh in both the coaches and media polls, finishing the 2008 campaign with a 3-9 overall record and 1-7 conference record.
“Based on our record last year that is probably where we should be ranked in the preseason poll,” head coach DeWayne Walker said. “The beautiful part about this is that we still have to play the games and we will use this as a motivating factor for our team and try to improve our football team and see where we are at the end of the season.”
“We can’t worry about what others think of us,” senior wide receiver Marcus Anderson said. “We just need to go out and win football games.”
“Honestly to me these are just numbers,” senior linebacker Ross Conner said. “This give us as a team and me personally more motivation to prove people wrong and to go out and have a successful season.”
In the media poll, Boise State received the number one spot with 55 of the polls’ first-place votes, followed by Nevada (444), who tallied three first-place votes. Fresno State (365) and Louisiana Tech (360) took the third and fourth spots respectively. Hawai’i and San Jose State received 275 and 263 points. Utah State (170) and Idaho (110) finished just in front of the NM State (104) to round out the voting.
The media also voted on preseason players of the year. Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick was voted the Offensive Player of the Year while Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year.
In the coaches poll, Boise State received 64 points from the nine WAC coaches while Nevada was close behind with 55 points. Fresno State and Louisiana Tech finished tied for third with 45 points, followed by Hawai’i (36), San Jose State (34), Utah State (21), NM State (13) and Idaho (11) rounded out the coaches poll.
The Aggies open the season against Idaho at Aggie Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 6:00 p.m.