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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 >>

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 >>