GALLUP, N.M. – The New Mexico State football team completed its first day of camp in Gallup, N.M., practicing for two hours Tuesday morning at Gallup Public Stadium.
NMSU spent the first portion of practice working in its individual positions. The Aggies drilled individually for about an hour before coming together as a team.
The first portion the team practice saw the Aggies work on their running game and run defense in their inside drill. For about 15 minutes the offensive line and backfield matched up against the defensive line, linebackers and safeties. Aggie linebacker Chris Nwoko impressed coaches by stuffing the run and running back Justine Buries had several strong runs inside.
Following the inside drill, New Mexico State went to the air in the 7-on-7 drill. There Aggie quarterback Chase Holbrook opened the session up on the first drive by hitting tight end Nick Cleaver up the middle for a long touchdown pass.
Another Holbrook touchdown pass in the 7-on-7 drills was one on a third-and-goal situation at the two yard-line. There he found fullback Brandon Perez in the flat and he powered his way into the endzone.
After 7-on-7, the Aggies brought it all together for a brief scrimmage consisting of three drives. The first two drives saw the first team offensive match up against the second team defense and the final drive had the second team offense go against the first team defense.
Several players stood out in the drives. Running back Tony Glynn started things out on the first drive with his long, elusive run right up the middle. Then on the second drive Holbrook found wide receiver Chris Williams along the sideline on a fade route, which Williams cut back up the middle alluding several defenders after the catch for a 50-plus yard reception.
On the final drive, running back Ronald Opetaia caught a ball in the redzone and was met by linebacker Michael Brewer for a big collision that drew big cheers from the defensive group.
Kickers Paul Young and Ryan Jastram capped practice off by making 5-of-6 field goals in the 25-40 yard range. The two also made all PAT attempts throughout practice.
The Aggies go back to work tomorrow for their first of four three-a-day practices over the next six days. NMSU takes the field from 8:00-9:45 a.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m. and from 9:00-10:00 p.m. in its second day of camp.