Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.
GALLUP, N.M. - The defensive unit for the New Mexico State football team came out Thursday morning and had an impressive, hard-hitting practice in the third day of camp at Gallup Public Stadium.
NMSU went through close to 40 plays in the morning practice and the Aggies were able to get the second team offensive some quality repetitions.
For the second day in a row, the team had a very spirited and intense practice session, led by the defense's physical play. There were numerous hard-hitting plays that generated a lot of excitement and cheers from the team.
The first and second team defensive units rotated throughout practice making plays at the line of scrimmage and in the secondary.
New Mexico State's battle at the running back position continues to be extremely competitive between juniors Justine Buries, Jeremiah Williams and sophomore Tonny Glynn.
All running backs ran well in today’s session, hitting the holes hard. Buries produced the highlight run of the day in the team scrimmage when he broke an impressive dive up the middle, bouncing off several defenders for a long gain. Williams added a five-yard touchdown run early in practice in the Aggies inside drill.
Glynn has shown the ability throughout camp thus far with his speed and elusiveness to be a consistent home-run threat out of the backfield.
The Aggies have meetings and weight training workouts for the rest of the day before returning to practice on Friday for three practice sessions. The first practice runs from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and the last two are at 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Practice Notes: Freshman receiver Stephon Hatchett had an outstanding day catching the football. He made numerous difficult catches in traffic while being drilled by the defense. One of those came off a tipped ball where he pulled the deflected pass away from the safety before being leveled by linebacker La’Auli Fonoti... The kickers continue to battle for the top spot and sophomore Paul Young and freshman Ryan Jastram combined to make 6-of-8 field goals, all from 30-yards or further.