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Aggie Football Picked To Finish 9th In Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The NM State football team was selected to finish in ninth place in the Sun Belt Conference, the league announced Thursday. The Sun Belt Football Coach’s Poll is voted on by the head coaches at each football member of the conference.

The Aggies finished the 2015 season 3-9 overall and 3-5 in the SBC. After being chosen to finish in last place during the 2015 Preseason Coach’s Poll, the squad ended the season tied for fifth out of 11 teams.

The highlight of the season for the Aggies was a 3-0 run. First, they grabbed a 55-48 come-from-behind overtime win against Idaho on Oct. 31. NM State then traveled to Texas State, where they secured a 31-21 victory over the Bobcats. The Aggies captured their third win with a 37-34 victory at UL Lafayette. This was the first time the program won three consecutive games since 2004.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Larry Rose III On Walter Camp Award Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW HAVEN, CT - NM State running back Larry Rose III has been named as one of the forty “players to watch” for the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 2016 Player of the Year award, announced the foundation on Friday. The Walter Camp Award is the nation’s fourth oldest individual college football accolade.

After leading the Sun Belt Conference with 1,651 rushing yards on 240 carries and being named the SBC’s Offensive Player of the Year, Rose III was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team. The sophomore was the only SBC student-athlete chosen for this honor following the 2015 season and was the first Aggie to be selected since Karl Dean, who earned Third Team in both 1974 and 1975.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Larry Rose III Named To Doak Walker Award Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DALLAS, TX - NM State running back Larry Rose III has been selected as a preseason candidate for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, announced the PwC SMU Athletic Forum on Thursday. This award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. Rose III was also placed on the Maxwell Award watch list at the beginning of July.

After completing an outstanding sophomore year in which he led the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) with 1,651 rushing yards on 240 carries, Rose III was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team. He was the only SBC student-athlete chosen for this prestigious honor following the 2015 season. Rose III was also the first Aggie to earn this recognition since Karl Dean, who was selected to the Third Team in both 1974 and 1975.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Larry Rose III Named To 2016 Maxwell Award Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NM State football’s Larry Rose III has been selected for the Maxwell Award watch list, announced the Maxwell Football Club on Tuesday. The Maxwell award has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937.

Following the conclusion of the 2015 season, Rose III was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team. He was the only Sun Belt Conference (SBC) student-athlete chosen for this prestigious honor after the 2015 season. In addition, Rose III was the first Aggie earn this since Karl Dean, who was selected to the Third Team in both 1974 and 1975.

In addition to his All-American honors, Rose III was named the SBC’s Offensive Player of the Year. He led the league with 1,651 rushing yards and had 14 touchdowns on 240 carries. After running for 1,102 yards as a freshman, Rose III became the first back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher for the Aggies since Denvis Manns (1995-98).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Releases 2016 Football Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The NM State 2016 football schedule is set after the finalization of the Sun Belt Conference schedule, as announced by the league office Thursday. All game times are TBA.

Five of the Aggies’ opponents played in bowl games following the 2015 season. NM State’s Rio Grande rival New Mexico played in the 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. This season, the Aggies will host New Mexico on Sept. 10.

After facing four conference opponents, NM State will take a break from league play to travel to Texas A&M on Oct. 29. Texas A&M participated in the Music City Bowl in 2015.

In addition, the Sun Belt Conference opponent Georgia Southern won the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl. The Aggies are slated to face the Eagles in Aggie Memorial Stadium on Oct. 22.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Considering Football Conference Options Following Sun Belt Decision

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University has received word that the Sun Belt Conference presidents and chancellors have decided to remain a 10-football team conference, beginning with the 2018 season. The NM State Aggie football team will play football in the Sun Belt conference for the next two seasons but will need to consider options for the 2018 season and beyond.

“We’re disappointed with this outcome, but we respect the decision of the Sun Belt Conference,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. “We appreciate being able to play football in the Sun Belt Conference for the past two years and look forward to continuing in the league for the next two years.”

NMSU remains a member of the Western Athletic Conference for its sports other than football. The university is currently evaluating all potential options in regard to football conference affiliation.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Sun Belt Football To Be 10 Teams In 2018, NMSU And Idaho's Agreements Not Renewed

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Beginning with the 2018 football season the Sun Belt Conference will be a 10-team football league.

Sun Belt Conference Presidents and Chancellors made the decision to be a 10-team league rather than extend the current membership agreements that are in place with the University of Idaho and New Mexico State University. These agreements will now expire following the 2017 football season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Football Adds 16 On National Signing Day

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - On Wednesday, National Signing Day, head coach Doug Martin announced the addition of 16 student-athletes for the 2016 football season. The 2016 recruits signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Aggies along with the eight midyear signees from December. Below are the names and bios of each new Aggie.

Myles Vigne (6'1" – 285 – Warren Easton Sr. HS – New Orleans)
Played at Warren Easton Sr. HS in New Orleans, La. under Antonio Hull… Three year starter and two-time district champion… Named team defensive MVP as a senior… As a senior, racked up 56 tackles and 15 tackles for loss… Amassed four forced fumbles and one interception in 2015.

Shamad Lomax (5'10" – 185 – Copperas Cove HS – Copperas Cove, Texas)   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Inks Seven For 2016

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s soccer coach Freddy Delgado inked seven players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The signing comes on the heels of Delgado leading the Aggies to their best finish in conference play since 2009.

“We are excited about the 2016 class,” Delgado said. “Since we brought in a large group of freshmen last year, this year’s class focused on filling specific key positions. This group continues the long history of committing excellent soccer players, exceptional students and great examples in their community.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football's 2016 Sun Belt Opponents Announced

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Sun Belt Conference announced each members' conference opponents with each team playing four home and four road games. The Aggies' opponents are as follows:

(H) Texas State
(H) Georgia Southern
(H) UL Lafayette
(H) Appalachian State
(A) South Alabama
(A) Idaho
(A) Arkansas State
(A) Troy
(DNP) Georgia State
(DNP) UL Monroe

In addition to the conference games the Aggies will travel to Texas A&M (Oct. 29) and Kentucky (Sept. 17) as well as hosting New Mexico (Sept. 10) and traveling to UTEP for the annual Rio Grande Rivalry and Battle of I-10 rivalry games.