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Aggie Football Opens 2008 Season With Nicholls State

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Hal Mumme announced Monday afternoon that due to scheduling conflicts the University of Wyoming was forced to drop their game with the Aggies on September 6th and the Aggies will now play Nicholls State on Thursday, September 4. A game time has not been set.

"Obviously we are disappointed in the situation surrounding the Wyoming game,” Mumme said. "I thought our administration and support staff did a good job in filling that open date and I think Nicholls State will be a good team to kick-off the 2008 season with. Nicholls State is a quality program and now I'm looking forward to preparing for the upcoming season."

The Cowboys will pay a cancellation penalty to the Aggies for breaking the contract and there will be no return game to Laramie, Wyo., in 2009.

As for the Nicholls State game, this will be the first meeting between the two schools and the first time that Mumme will face the Colonials as well. In 2007 Nicholls State finished 6-5 overall, losing four of their last five games. Their season was highlighted by a 16-14 win over Rice to open the season.

The Aggies open spring practice on April 2nd.

Aggie Football Announces 2008 Schedule

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Aggie Touchdown Club

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Hal Mumme announced the Aggies' 2008 schedule Thursday, February 28. In 2008, the Aggies face five bowl teams from the 2007 season, as well as the two rivalry games and a Big XII opponent. All home games in 2008 will be played on Saturday's, after two Friday contests last season.

"I'm extremely pleased with the way our schedule plays out this coming season," head coach Hal Mumme said. "I feel our fans will get an opportunity to see some great football this coming season."

NMSU plays six home games in 2008. The Aggies' four non-conference games feature the Mountain West's Wyoming Cowboys, Big XII standout Nebraska and two of NMSU's biggest rivals in the Miners and the Lobos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mumme Announces 2008 Signing Class

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Head Football Coach Hal Mumme announced the Aggies' 2008 signing class Wednesday afternoon. 18 student-athletes, including the seven student-athletes that signed during the early signing period in December, have signed a National Letter of Intent or a Grant-In- Aid Agreement with the Aggies to attend New Mexico State University and play football beginning 2008. The Aggies also beefed up both the offensive and defensive lines as NMSU signed two offensive linemen and three defensive linemen. Four running backs, four wide receivers, three linebackers, a defensive back and a kicker round out this year's class.

"I'm extremely happy with this year's signing class," Mumme said. "I feel we have addressed our needs and I expect most of these players to contribute immediately."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mumme Happy With Early Signees

Written by: Felix Chavez/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State football coach Hal Mumme hasn't had the luxury of signing a lot of players in the December signing period.

On Thursday that changed. Mumme, who just finished his third season as the team's head coach, signed six players to national letters of intent and one to a Grant Aid for the 2008 season. All seven will enter school for the spring semester and will go through spring practice, which will start in April. Mumme said the Aggies could sign more players before the start of the semester.

Mumme said the Aggies can sign a total of 18 for the 2008 season. New Mexico State will announce its full 2008 recruiting class in February.

"We had a good mix of players signed," Mumme said. "Usually at this time of the year we've only been able sign one or two. It's nice to bring this many in."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Football Staff Needs More Time

Written by: Michael Martin - New Mexico State University President

NMSU program will continue to move forward.

Should we change football coaches?

There are those around the community and among our fans and alums calling for a change in our entire football coaching staff. Dr. McKinley Boston, our athletics director, and all of us at New Mexico State University share their frustration and disappointment. Still, we are committed to being fair and reasonable in all we do including the way we evaluate our coaches.

In this regard, let’s all remind ourselves of the circumstances and realities facing Aggie football three years ago when Hal Mumme was hired.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kaufman Named To 2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

AUGUSTA, GA - The Greater Augusta Sports Council announced today the watch list for the 2007 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter. New Mexico State punter Jared Kaufman was among the watch list nominees.

Kaufman a native of Littleton, Colo., has been the Aggies full-time punter for the last two seasons. This season, Kaufman is averaging 44.4 yards per punt, with a long of 61. The Aggies currently rank third in net punting in the WAC and 19th nationally.

In 2006, Kaufman helped the Aggies lead the WAC in net punting with 38.3 a punt, which was also good for sixth in the nation.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Williams Named WAC Offensive Player Of The Week

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State wide receiver Chris Williams was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week announced by the WAC office Monday morning. Williams helped lead the Aggies to their first win over I-10 rival UTEP since 2002 with a 29-24 victory at Aggie Memorial Stadium this past weekend.

Williams, a junior from Rio Rancho, N.M. (Rio Rancho HS), caught eight passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. In the fourth quarter, he scored both touchdowns with an 82-yard reception and a 59-yard reception, the latter being the game-winner. The 221 yards are the sixth most by any player in the nation this season. His seven touchdown receptions on the year are tied for the second most in the country. His 221 yards receiving was just the fifth 200-yard plus receiving performance and it ranks third all-time behind Jeff Evans (360 in 1978) and Ryan Shaw (240 in 1998).  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>