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Fleming Trying To Make Mark At Wide Receiver

Written by: Felix Chavez/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A main theme so far in spring football for the New Mexico State Aggies has been speed at the wide receiver spot.

One of those speedsters is redshirt freshman Julius Fleming, who is battling for a spot at an outside receiver spot.

The 5-foot-8, 162-pounder from Baton Rouge, La., arrived on campus as a talented running back, but made the switch to receiver last fall.

"It hasn't been a huge switch to receiver, I played some there in high school," Fleming said. "I'm working on my route running and trying to get more comfortable each day."

Fleming is healthy after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

New Mexico State head coach Hal Mumme said Fleming has been timed at 4.35 in the 40 and compares him to NMSU senior wide receiver Chris Williams, who is the team's top receiver and very similar in size.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Holbrook Fought Through Tough 2007

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Last season was a tough one for the New Mexico State Aggie football team.

Through it all, quarterback Chase Holbrook continued to be a steady, if not spectacular, presence under center.

Holbrook's numbers were in fact down last year when compared with his 2006 campaign. The quarterback threw for 3,866 yards, 26 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, while, the year prior, he tallied 4,619 yards, 34 TDs and just nine picks.

Still, issues surrounded Holbrook last season that, in many respects, were out of his control. First off, was the fact of a banged up roster, forcing the soon-to-be senior to throw to different targets on a week-to-week basis. Holbrook himself got dinged up a bit last year, suffering hurt ribs during the team's 20-17 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff that forced him to miss a handful of games and also going down with a concussion when the team visited to Hawaii later in the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Off-Season Shows Improvement

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Collegiate football is a year around commitment for student-athletes. The regular season is a short four months a year but it is the other eight months out of the year that prepares those student-athletes for the grueling season.

The New Mexico State football team started its preparation for the 2008 season in late January with a winter conditioning program that head football strength and conditioning coach Matt Walter leads. The nine-week program spanned from Jan. 21- March 21 and consisted of four days a week of lifting weights and speed work and three days a week of conditioning at 6:00 a.m.

"I thought our winter conditioning this ear when very well," Walter said. "I was happy with the improvement and refocus of our players. This was the best off-season in terms of improved numbers and attitude."  Continue Reading This Post >>

After Injury, Chris Williams Eager To Be Back With Aggies

Written by: Felix Chavez/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - During his entire sophomore season and through the first eight games of his junior year, New Mexico State junior wide receiver Chris Williams was one of the country's best.

But a broken right collarbone sidelined him last year after he started the team's first eight games in a 4-9 campaign.

"I'm ready to go," said Williams with a big smile on Wednesday prior to the team's first spring practice. "I didn't like sitting out. I just want to get out there and play again, run routes and make sure I can still do this. Spring practice will be good for me. I was 100 percent about a week after the end of last season."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Players Like Look Of New Defense

Written by: Felix Chavez/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Nobody knows for sure how the New Mexico State football team will react to the 3-5-3 defense installed by new defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn.

But at least for now, players and head coach Hal Mumme are excited about the change and it's possible ramifications.

The Aggies gave up 36.2 points per game and nearly 430 yards per game last season, going 4-9 in the process. The team is hopeful that won't happen in 2008.

"We're excited about the change to a new scheme, this is a system that I played under in high school under our new linebackers coach Barris Grant," said junior linebacker Jamar Cotton, who hails from Irvington, N.J. "When I heard about the new defense, I was all smiles. I'm a pass rush type of player and this defense allows us to make plays in the backfield. You really get after it and play hard. This type of defense can do a lot of good things and create opportunity for us."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Hope Springs Eternal As The Aggies Take The Football Field Once Again

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The most appealing aspect of preparing for a new season is hope for the future.

Everyone is 0-0 in the Western Athletic Conference. No team has experienced devastating injuries, back-breaking losses or bruised egos at this stage of the year. It's springtime, football is in the air and optimism is present at the New Mexico State University football complex.

"We're really excited about the '08 campaign and I'm excited for today," NMSU coach Hal Mumme said prior to his team taking the field for its first spring practice of the season. "We have two days in shorts and helmets so it won't be as intense until Saturday, but we're really excited about how the players have worked this offseason."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Gears Up For First Spring Practice

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2008 Spring Football Schedule
2008 Football Schedule

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Head Coach Hal Mumme begins his fourth year at the head of the New Mexico State football program by welcoming his team back to the field for the beginning of 2008 spring football practice on Wednesday, April 2nd from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

"I'm very anxious to get back on the field with the players and see how we have progressed during our off-season weight lifting so far," Mumme said. "It's going to feel really good to get out there with the team and play some football."  Continue Reading This Post >>

2008 Spring Football Practice Schedule

2008 Spring Practice Schedule
** Thursdays will be used as make up dates in case of inclement weather.
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2008 Spring Football Schedule
2008 Football Schedule

April 2nd
#1 3:30 - 5:30 P.M.
PUNT

April 4th
#2 3:30 - 5:30 P.M.
PUNT RETURN

April 5th
#3 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
KICKOFF

April 7th
#4 3:30 - 5:30 P.M.
KICKOFF RETURN

April 9th
#5 3:30 - 5:30 P.M.
FIELD GOAL

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Aggie Football Adds Wide Receiver To Signing Class

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Hal Mumme announced Thursday that the Aggies have signed Darrius Preston to a National Letter of Intent to attend NMSU beginning in the fall of 2008, finalizing their 2008 recruiting class. Preston is a 6-1, 170 pound wide receiver from Dunbar, Fla. (Fort Meyer High School).

"We are extremely pleased that we signed Darrius," Mumme said. "He is an outstanding football player."

Preston was a four-year letter winner at Fort Meyer High School playing both wide receiver and defensive back. During his senior season, Preston caught 62 passes for 1,106 yards and 11 touchdowns. He earned first team all-State honors, as well as all-District and all-County. He also earned a spot in the North-South All-Star game. As a junior, he was the team’s leading receiver with 27 catches for 461 yards and three touchdowns.

"Darrius is a good kid and a solid Division-I player. He makes plays and will sellout for the ball every time out on the field," Phil Vogt, Fort Meyer High School head football coach said.

The Aggies open up spring practice on April 2nd.

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.