NMSU Football Picked 10th By Sun Belt Coaches In 2017 Preseason Poll

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The New Mexico State football team was selected to finish 10th in the 2017 Sun Belt Preseason Poll that was released Thursday afternoon.

The preseason poll was voted on by each member institution’s head coach, which saw NM State tally 41 points – including one first-place vote. The 41 points have the Aggies ahead of Texas State (31 points) and incoming member Coastal Carolina (26 points).

Appalachian State (136 points) was picked to win the league by nine points over Troy (127) thanks to seven first-place votes while the Trojans collected two. Arkansas State, who tied for the league title last year with App State, was predicted to finish in third with 122 points and a first-place vote followed by South Alabama (98 points).

New Mexico State concluded the 2016 campaign 3-9 overall and 2-6 in Sun Belt Conference play. The 2017 edition of the Aggies will have nine starters return on offense and 10 players on defense, including All-American running back Larry Rose III and All-SBC quarterback Tyler Rogers from the offensive end and All-SBC defensive back Jaden Wright from the defensive side of the ball.

With Sun Belt Football Media Days less than a week away, Rose III and Wright will give Aggie fans an inside look starting Sunday, July 23, on social media as they make their way towards New Orleans with head coach Doug Martin. To get an inside look, be sure to follow Rose III and Wright on Twitter (@NMStateFootball), Instagram (@nmstatefb), Snapchat (nmstateaggies) and on Facebook (FB.com/NMSUAthletics).

New Mexico State opens the 2017 campaign on the road with an 8:30 p.m. (MT) kickoff against Arizona State (Aug. 31) on the Pac-12 Networks. Be sure to catch the Aggies in their home-opener and SBC-opener against Troy on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. Single-game tickets and season-tickets for Aggie football can be purchased at the Pan American ticket office or by phone at 575-646-1420.

2017 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll (First-Place Votes)
1. Appalachian St. (7) - 136 pts
2. Troy (2) - 127 pts
3. Arkansas State (1) - 122 pts
4. South Alabama - 98 pts
5. Louisiana (1) - 95 pts
6. Idaho - 84 pts
7. Georgia Southern - 82 pts
8. Georgia State - 48 pts
9. ULM - 46 pts
10. NM State (1) - 41 pts
11. Texas State - 31 pts
12. Coastal Carolina - 26 pts