Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.
GALLUP, N.M. – The New Mexico State football team had a pair of intense practices on Wednesday at Gallup Public Stadium in their second day of camp. The Aggies still have one more evening practice to complete Wednesday.
NMSU coaches gave the second and third teams’ a lot of repetitions in the morning practice. Then in the afternoon, the Aggies first team offensive and defense went up against each other in situational scrimmages that were very energetic.
The Aggie defense had a great pair of practices, especially the first team when matched up against the first team offense in the afternoon session.
On the offensive side of the ball, junior quarterback Chase Holbrook looked sharp in both 7-on-7 drills and in the situational scrimmages. He was able to hook up with junior wide receiver Chris Williams for a pair of long passes, one for a touchdown.
Freshman receiver Chris West stood out in the morning practice by catching two highlight-reel touchdown passes.
After individual drills at the beginning of the morning practice, the Aggie defense opened the team portion of practice by dominating the inside running game drill.
In 7-on-7 work, the Aggies went through three drives, scoring on two of them. After going three-and-out on the first drive, Chase Holbrook capped off a 10-plus play drive with a 20-yard touchdown strike to senior Derek Dubois.
In the team scrimmage the Aggies went through three drives, scoring on one of them. The lone score was West’s second touchdown reception, this time a 34-yard strike from freshman quarterback J.J. McDermott on a 4th-and-16. West made a leaping grab over the defender in the endzone for the score.
NMSU’s afternoon practice was the same format as the morning session. The defense shutout the offense in the inside drill and were able to create a turnover. Then just like in the morning, the Aggies defense ended the drill with a goal-line stand that generated lots of excitement and fueled them throughout the rest of practice.
After more 7-on-7 work where the first team offense scored two touchdowns, NMSU shifted towards team scrimmages working on various game simulations. This time the scrimmage lasted longer as the team went through seven drives in all.
William’s provided a spark to the offensive early on in the scrimmage. In the Aggies second drive that started from the goal line, he took a pass 58 yards to the one-yard line. On the following drive, Holbrook found Williams again with a ball that he took 41 yards, outrunning everyone on the field for a touchdown.
The rest of the afternoon scrimmage was very heated, as the defense buckled down was able to stop the offensive on three out of the last four drives. The final drive saw Holbrook hit sophomore receiver Chris Bucker for a 62-yard touchdown.
After tonight’s evening practice, NMSU takes the field for one practice Thursday morning from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Practice Notes: Freshman walk-on running back Geoff Dobbin has impressed the coaching staff early on in camp, as he has shown intensity and strength while running the ball... Junior wide receiver AJ Harris hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass from Holbrook in the afternoon session... Kickers Paul Young and Ryan Jastram continue to kick well for the Aggies; consistently making field goals in the 20-45 yard ranges.