Larry Rose III Named Sun Belt Preseason Offensive Player Of The Year; Anthony McMeans Named Second Team Offense

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NM State football’s Larry Rose III and Anthony McMeans have been selected for the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Teams, announced the league Friday. Rose III has been named Preseason Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year was chosen for the All-Sun Belt First Team, while McMeans was picked for the All-Sun Belt Second Team.

“I’m really proud of both of those guys,” said head coach Doug Martin. “Larry and Anthony both work hard every day, and they deserve this honor.”

The SBC’s reigning Offensive Player of the Year, Rose III led the league with 1,651 rushing yards on 240 carries during the 2015 campaign. Following the season, the rising junior was named to the Associated Press All-American Third Team. He was the only SBC student-athlete chosen for this prestigious honor for the 2015 season. Rose III was also the first Aggie to earn this recognition since Karl Dean, who was selected to the Third Team in both 1974 and 1975.

After running for 1,102 yards as a freshman, the Fairfield, Texas, native became the first back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher since Denvis Manns, who rushed for 1,000 yards each of his four seasons in the Crimson and White. Rose III also scored a career-high 14 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore.

Rose III broke the NM State all-time single season rushing record only 10 weeks into the season as he rushed for 191 yards against UL Lafayette. Overall, he finished the season ranked No. 6 all-time in SBC single season rushing yards.

Rose III collected three 200-yard rushing games and seven 100-yard rushing games. Although he had a career-high 260 rushing yards against Rio Grande rival New Mexico, the highlight of his season was a 212-yard, four touchdown rushing performance against Idaho on Oct. 31. The running back scored two touchdowns in the final 3:56 of the game to force overtime before adding a touchdown in extra time to lead NM State to victory.

In addition to Rose III’s rushing yards, he led the conference with 1,934 all-purpose yards. This included four 200-yard all-purpose games and nine 100-yard all-purpose games. He earned back-to-back SBC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week awards after spectacular games against Idaho and Texas State.

Rose III also amassed 283 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 30 receptions. This included a flat-pattern pass, which he carried 77 yards for a touchdown at Texas State.

McMeans started each of the 12 games for the Aggies as part of an offensive line that allowed Rose III to achieve his accomplishments. Additionally, the rising senior helped quarterback Andrew Allen complete 115-of-214 passes for 1,529 yards and 16 touchdowns. With McMeans at center, Allen was able to go 13-of-31 for 243 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-34 victory over UL Lafayette. Allen also added a career-high 23 pass completions for 308 yards against ULM on Dec. 25.

McMeans anchored an offensive line that allowed quarterback Tyler Rogers to complete 74-of-135 passes for 974 yards and seven touchdowns in four games, which was highlighted by 31 pass completions for a career-high 445 yards and three touchdowns against Georgia State on Sept. 12.

Additionally, McMeans’ play on the offensive line helped quarterback Nick Jeanty complete 54-of-101 for 531 yards and three touchdowns. With the offensive line’s blocking, Jeanty went 24-of-45 for 297 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 win at Texas State on Nov. 7.