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Rodney Butler, Parker Davidson Earn Sun Belt Player Of The Week Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - After stellar performances by linebacker Rodney Butler and kicker Parker Davidson led the NM State football team victory over Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico, the duo has been selected as the Sun Belt Conference’s Defensive Student-Athlete of the week and Special Teams Student-Athlete of the week, respectively. The conference announced these honors Monday.

Butler demolished his previous career-high of 17 tackles on Saturday night as he racked up 24 to lead the defensive efforts in a 32-31 win over Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico. This was the first time the Aggies have defeated the Lobos since 2011.

After he amassed 15 tackles in the first half, he completed the game just two tackles shy of the single-game record 26 tackles at NM State. Butler became the first Aggie to have 20 or more tackles since 2013 when Clint Barnard racked up 20 against UTEP.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Larry Rose III Selected For Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State football running back Larry Rose III has been selected for the Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List, announced the Rotary Club of Houston on Thursday. Rotary Lombardi Award, in its 47th year, is given to the player that best exemplifies the discipline, virtue and wisdom that defined Vincent Lombardi's exceptional brand of leadership.

After an impressive freshman season where Rose III rushed for 1,102 yards, the Fairfield, Texas native racked up a record-breaking 1,651 rushing yards on his way to an AP All-American Third Team selection and Sun Belt Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year title. By season’s end, Rose III became the first back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher for the Aggies since Denvis Manns rushed for over 1,000 yards during his four seasons in the Crimson and White.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Places 28 On Sun Belt Academic Lists

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - 28 New Mexico State football student-athletes were named to the 2015-16 Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List and Academic Honor Roll, announced the league office Tuesday. Eight were named to the Commissioner’s List, while 20 student-athletes were selected for the Academic Honor Roll.

The Commissioner’s List honors student-athletes who have achieved a 3.5 or higher grade point average during the 2015-16 academic year. Honor Roll student-athletes have maintained a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 for the academic year.

2015-16 Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List
Andrew Cunningham
Josh Gibbs
Forrest Jones
Rayvean Moore
Teldrick Morgan
Billy Nipp
Jamin Smith
Anthony Torres

2015-16 Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll
Chris Acosta
Brandon Agomuo
Ty Atencio
Cassius Corley
Javahn Fergurson
Clayton Granch
Dalton Herrington
Brett Kowalski  Continue Reading This Post >>

2016 NMSU Football Sun Belt Media Day Quotes

Written By: Sun Belt Media Relations

Head Coach Doug Martin

Opening Statement: We certainly are looking forward to an exciting year. We return Larry Rose who was the offensive player of the year last year and the preseason offensive player of the year this year, along with a very talented offensive football team.  The additions we made in the wide receiver group in particular is really going to bolster this offensive football team – this is the best group of wide receivers that I have coached in 20 years. We return a lot of weapons offensively; I really believe we can be one of the better offensive teams in the Sun Belt this year. Our issue will be on the defensive side and how much we can improve on that area. If we can improve and get to the middle of the pack defensively, I really feel like we can be right there to contend for this conference title at the end of the season.

Is leaving the Sun Belt affecting your recruiting at all?: No, it really has not made a difference in recruiting. I don’t think kids are so concentrated on what conference they are in, they are concentrated on whether or not they will play early and if the program is successful. I think the big thing moving forward for us is that we have an advantage that most mid-majors don’t have and that is having a tie in with the New Mexico Bowl. Not many teams have a bowl tie in a the mid-major level, so with us not being in a conference down the road but having a bowl tie in still puts us in pretty good shape.

What is your prognosis for this season?: We have our third recruiting class coming in now and that is going to get us back up to 85 scholarships this year for the first time in about 14 years at New Mexico State. We have been playing somewhat handicapped in the area as other people have had more depth but that is no longer going to be the case. Our facilities have improved and our talent has improved so for the first time we really feel like we can compete with anybody in the conference.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Larry Rose III Named Sun Belt Preseason Offensive Player Of The Year; Anthony McMeans Named Second Team Offense

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NM State football’s Larry Rose III and Anthony McMeans have been selected for the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Teams, announced the league Friday. Rose III has been named Preseason Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year was chosen for the All-Sun Belt First Team, while McMeans was picked for the All-Sun Belt Second Team.

“I’m really proud of both of those guys,” said head coach Doug Martin. “Larry and Anthony both work hard every day, and they deserve this honor.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>