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Holbrook Named To Davey O'Brien Award Watch List

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Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

FORT WORTH, TX - New Mexico State senior quarterback Chase Holbrook has be named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List as announced by the Davey O'Brien Foundation and its National Selection Committee, Thursday afternoon. This is the second straight year Holbrook has been on the watch list.

"Being named to the 2008 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List is a great honor," Holbrook said. "To be grouped in with other great quarterbacks around the nation is a good feeling. I’m looking forward to the start of the season and our team having a very successful year."

"This is a well deserved honor for Chase," head coach Hal Mumme. "He is a great player and I’m looking forward to him having a great season."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Spring Sessions Saw NMSU Receivers Rise To The Challenge

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Perhaps the most impressive aspect of spring football at New Mexico State University this year was the development of the team's three newcomers at wide receiver.

Marcus Anderson, LaVorick Williams and Julius Fleming all opened eyes in camp with their blend of speed, quickness and catching ability and are sure to play a role this season in the team's Air-Raid system, which sees the Aggies throw the ball all over the field in an attempt to put points on the board quickly.

"Gosh, they are exciting," head coach Hal Mumme said. "They all made plays and will continue to do so. I think the biggest thing they bring to the table is speed. We just haven't had that in years past."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Hold Second Scrimmage Of The Spring

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team went through 100 plays in its second scrimmage of the spring Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium and junior running back Seth Smith highlighted the day with his 10 rushes for 60 yards and two touchdowns.

The Aggies "Air Raid" offense threw for 486 yards on the day and two touchdowns while the running back corps ran for another 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Chase Holbrook was 11-of-14 in five series of work for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns one to Marcus andserson for 21 yards and the other to Tonny Glynn for 23 yards..

Sophomore quarterback J.J. McDermott then took over the offense from there on out and he completed 17-of-35 passes for 254 yards..  Continue Reading This Post >>

Seth Smith Brings Thunder To Aggie Backfield

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The way things are shaping out at New Mexico State football camp, running back looks to be a position of strength heading into the 2008 season.

The Aggies can thank Seth Smith for bolstering the depth chart.

The College of the Sequoias transfer has been a solid contributor this spring, as he continues to try and learn the nuances of the NMSU's pass-happy offensive system.

"Seth's kind of the tweener out of all the running backs we have," NMSU head coach Hal Mumme said. "Brandon (Perez) is big and strong. Tonny (Glynn) is our fast guy out of the backfield. And Seth's a little bit of everything. He sees holes and creases real well. I like what he's brought to our team so far."

Mumme didn't even mention another running back Marquell Colston, who wide receiver A.J. Harris said is a good player coming out of Modesto Junior College in California.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Offense Is Solid, Explosive In Opening Scrimmage

Written by: Felix Chavez/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Hal Mumme has been high on freshman wide receiver LaVorick Williams since he signed with the program last December.

On Saturday, the 6-foot-3, 178-pounder from Odessa, Texas, and who played for one of Texas' most storied programs at Permian High School, shined big-time in his first scrimmage. He caught seven passes for 167 yards and a score, showed good speed and good leaping ability.

"LaVorick has all the attributes of a good receiver," NMSU safety Derrick Richardson said. "He's going to be a good one for this program."

Williams had arguably the play of the day when he caught a short pass, broke a tackle and went 75 yards for a score.

"LaVorick brings a big-time play ability to our offense," backup quarterback J.J. McDermott said. "He did a good job and he's getting better."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Hughes Should Provide Boost To Kicking Game

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The last two seasons, every time a kicker took the field for the New Mexico State Aggies, it seemed that an adventure would soon follow.

Whether it be a badly missed field goal, a blocked kick or a kickoff that traveled just 10 yards, the Aggies have struggled to find competent play from the position during the majority of head coach Hal Mumme's tenure.

The hope is that things will change for the better in 2008. And judging from the spring performance of kicker Kyle Hughes, early signs point to marked improvement across the board for the special teams unit.

"He's a strong kid," Mumme said of Hughes following NMSU's first spring scrimmage of the season on Saturday. "People don't realize how good of an athlete he is. You need that out of a kicker. He's hitting it well for us."  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Aggie Football Team Set To Kick Off First Spring Scrimmage Of Season

Written by: Felix Chavez/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Today, the New Mexico State Aggies will get an early look into how much they have improved so far in spring practice.

The Aggies will engage in the first of two scrimmages before their spring football game on April 26.

New Mexico State head coach Hal Mumme said the defense has improved in the first few days of spring practice in the new 3-5-3 defense, but he noted he'd like to see the defense continue their upward climb. First-year defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn installed the new defense after being hired to replace the retiring Woody Widenhofer.

"The defense is working hard," Mumme said. "They are still learning."

The defense returns seven starters from last year's 4-9 team and with a new philosophy in place throughout the entire unit, learning a whole new system is the main objective of the spring.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Paden Hopes To Fill Linebacker Gap In New Defense

Written by: Felix Chavez/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Last season, Dante Floyd had a solid season at middle linebacker for the New Mexico State Aggies with 124 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss.

This year Floyd is no longer around. Enter junior college transfer Nick Paden.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker is getting an early look at being one of the starting linebackers in Joe Lee Dunn's new 3-5-3 defense.

"Nick has good feet," NMSU head coach Hal Mumme said. "He runs well and he's solid. He'll get a chance to compete for time."

Paden has never played in a defense like Dunn's, which emphasizes speed and aggressive.

An athlete like Paden, with good footwork and speed, could make an immediate impact on the defense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>