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NMSU Secondary Looks To Improve

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State free safety Derrick Richardson had a list of problems pertaining to his team's defense last Saturday night.

"Communication breakdowns, blown assignments, giving up too many big plays," Richardson said. "That made or broke the game."

It did appear that way, as NMSU could not contain the New Mexico offense throughout Saturday's contest in Albuquerque. The Aggies outgained the Lobos by nearly 100 yards (581 to 496) and held the ball for nearly 10 minutes longer (34:27 to 25:33). The final score was not in their favor, however, as NMSU fell 44-34, in large part because the Lobos had little problem moving the ball when it mattered. In UNM's first game of the season against the UTEP Miners, New Mexico managed just six points on the evening. On Saturday, they looked like a different team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Taylor Moves Up Depth Chart

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The coaching staff confirmed on Monday that Chuck Taylor has surpassed Joe Palmer as the starting left guard along the offensive line. Taylor played the last two seasons at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia before joining the Aggies.

"He's a little bit more intense, just a little more hustle in his muscle than Joe right now," offensive line coach Mason Miller said. "That could change Thursday night, it could change next Tuesday. Both of those guys are young in this offense and it's nice to have two people who can play."

Palmer started, and played well, at the tail end of last season. But Taylor has grown more comfortable with the NMSU offensive system since coming to Las Cruces this spring. At 6-foot-3, 345 pounds, he's also 25-pounds heavier than Palmer.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Holbrook Named To Davey O'Brien Watch List

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State junior quarterback Chase Holbrook was named to the Davey O'Brien Watch List announced Tuesday afternoon. This is the second preseason watch list Holbrook has been named to this season. The first was the Manning Watch List in early August.

"This is a great honor to be named to the Davey O'Brien Watch List," Holbrook said. "This is my second nomination of its kind for me and I'm honored to be a part of it."

"Being from Texas I have always followed that award and it is a great honor to have one of our players mentioned on the watch list," Mumme said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies End Camp In Gallup

GALLUP, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team completed its final practice of camp in Gallup, N.M. Monday by working on special teams for nearly two hours before wrapping up practice with a 50-play offensive session.

NMSU spent the last seven days practicing at Gallup Public Stadium in its preparation for the upcoming 2007 season.

Head coach Hal Mumme came away from camp pleased with how his team performed and believes that this year's squad is by far the deepest he's had in his time at NMSU.

“The biggest change coming out of camp is that we’re saying we do not have a lot of freshman that have to play,” Mumme said. “This is the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve been in a position where we can rely on more experience players. We're still not where I want us to be, but we're really close.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Near End of Camp in Gallup

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

GALLUP, N.M. – The New Mexico State football team went through two practices Sunday in training camp at Gallup Public Stadium. The Aggies still have one remaining evening practice at 8:45 p.m.

NMSU’s two practices were toned down physically, as the Aggies are nearing the end of camp. The two two-hour sessions saw the Aggies work on their game tempo, as they prepare for their first game against Southeastern Louisiana on Aug. 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Both the offense and defense went up against the scout teams Monday, as the Aggies continue to work on their execution and general refinement of their systems.

After last night's evening practice, NMSU has one practice remaining in Gallup before returning to Las Cruces Tuesday for the start of fall classes on Wednesday. Monday’s practice runs from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Aggie Air Raid in Full Throttle on Friday

GALLUP, N.M. – In its fourth day of training camp, the New Mexico State football team went through 71 plays of 11-on-11 football in its two Friday practices at Gallup Public Stadium.

The Aggies offensive had a stellar day on the gridiron, as NMSU was efficient while moving the ball up and down the field.

The first team saw the majority snaps in the morning practice and saw some action in the second practice, but the second team got the bulk of the work in the afternoon.

In the morning practice, the first team offense was very efficient moving the ball through the air, as the Aggies went through 37 plays as a team. Junior quarterback Chase Holbrook found receiver Chris Williams over the middle for a 73-yard touchdown pass in just the third play from scrimmage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Defense Enjoys Physical Third Day At Camp

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.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Have Spirited Second Day of Camp

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

GALLUP, N.M. – The New Mexico State football team had a pair of intense practices on Wednesday at Gallup Public Stadium in their second day of camp. The Aggies still have one more evening practice to complete Wednesday.

NMSU coaches gave the second and third teams’ a lot of repetitions in the morning practice. Then in the afternoon, the Aggies first team offensive and defense went up against each other in situational scrimmages that were very energetic.

The Aggie defense had a great pair of practices, especially the first team when matched up against the first team offense in the afternoon session.

On the offensive side of the ball, junior quarterback Chase Holbrook looked sharp in both 7-on-7 drills and in the situational scrimmages. He was able to hook up with junior wide receiver Chris Williams for a pair of long passes, one for a touchdown.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Complete First Day of Camp in Gallup

GALLUP, N.M. – The New Mexico State football team completed its first day of camp in Gallup, N.M., practicing for two hours Tuesday morning at Gallup Public Stadium.

NMSU spent the first portion of practice working in its individual positions. The Aggies drilled individually for about an hour before coming together as a team.

The first portion the team practice saw the Aggies work on their running game and run defense in their inside drill. For about 15 minutes the offensive line and backfield matched up against the defensive line, linebackers and safeties. Aggie linebacker Chris Nwoko impressed coaches by stuffing the run and running back Justine Buries had several strong runs inside.

Following the inside drill, New Mexico State went to the air in the 7-on-7 drill. There Aggie quarterback Chase Holbrook opened the session up on the first drive by hitting tight end Nick Cleaver up the middle for a long touchdown pass.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Selected 6th in WAC Preseason Media & Coaches Polls

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.”  Continue Reading This Post >>