NM State Football Selected Fourth by WAC Coaches, Fifth by Media In Preseason Poll

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State Aggie football team has been selected to finish fourth in the 2012 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) football coaches poll and fifth in the media polls, released Thursday at the WAC Football Media Days. The Aggies received 22 points in the coaches' poll and 95 points in the media poll.

In 2011, the Aggies were picked to finish eighth by the coaches and in the media poll, NM State finished the 2011 campaign with a 4-9 overall record and 2-5 conference record. This is the highest preseason ranking in both polls for NM State since joining the WAC in 2005.

In the media poll, Louisiana Tech received 193 points and 25 first-place votes from media members around the WAC and the nation. Utah State was picked second after garnering 164 points and the remaining three first-place votes. San Jose State finished third with 130 points while Idaho was selected fourth with 102 points followed by New Mexico State (95), Texas State (57) and UTSA (43).

The media also voted on preseason players of the year. Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton was voted the Offensive Player of the Year, while San Jose State defensive lineman Travis Johnson was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year.

In the coaches' poll, Louisiana Tech received 36 points from the seven WAC coaches. Utah State was in second with 31 points followed by San Jose State with 24. New Mexico State was selected fourth with 22 points followed by Idaho with 17 points. Newcomers Texas State (10) and UTSA (7) were sixth and seventh, respectively.

The Aggies open the season against Sacramento State at Aggie Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6:00 pm.

Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1 Louisiana Tech (6) 36
2 Utah State (1) 31
3 San Jose State 24
4 New Mexico State 22
5 Idaho 17
6 Texas State 10
7 UTSA 7

The following is the complete 2012 WAC football media poll with first-place votes in parentheses:

Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1 Louisiana Tech (25) 193
2 Utah State (3) 164
3 San Jose State 130
4 Idaho 102
5 New Mexico State 95
6 Texas State 57
7 UTSA 43