SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The New Mexico State Aggie football team has been selected to finish sixth in both the 2007 Western Athletic Conference football media poll and coaches’ poll, released Monday, July 23rd at the WAC Football Media Days in San Jose, Calif. The Aggies received 233 points in the media poll and 31 points in the coaches’ poll.
In 2006 the Aggies were picked to finish ninth overall in both polls, finishing the season sixth in the league with a 4-8 overall record and 2-6 in conference play.
“I feel that this year’s team is the best one we have had at NMSU in several years,” head coach Hal Mumme said. “I feel our team is ready to have an exciting season.”
“I think we are better than sixth, but that is why you play each game,” junior wide receiver Chris Williams said. “But it is just a preseason poll and we will see how things shake out at the end of the season.”
In the media poll, Hawai’i received the number one spot with 32 of the polls’ first-place votes, followed by Boise State, who tallied 26 first-place votes. Fresno State (361) and Nevada (337) took the third and fourth spots respectively. San Jose State finished just in front of the Aggies with 321 points. Louisiana Tech (157), Utah State (110) and Idaho (107) rounded out the voting.
The media also voted on preseason players of the year. Hawai‘i quarterback Colt Brennan was voted the Offensive Player of the Year while San Jose State’s defensive back Dwight Lowery was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year.
In the coaches’ poll, Hawaii received 62 points from the nine WAC coaches while Boise State was close behind with 59 points. Nevada finished third with 45 points, followed by Fresno State (40), San Jose State (39) and New Mexico State (31). Louisiana Tech was voted seventh with 25 points followed by Utah State (13) and Idaho (10).
The Aggies open the season against Southeastern Louisiana at Aggie Memorial Stadium on Thursday, August 30 at 6:00 p.m.