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Folasa-Lutui Selected To Rotary Lombardi Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HOUSTON, TX - NM State football offensive lineman Isaiah Folasa-Lutui has been selected to the 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List as announced by the committee on Tuesday. The Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to linemen who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.

Folasa-Lutui played and started in all 12 games during the 2014 season. He was part of an offensive line that helped quarterback Tyler Rogers complete 268 of 436 throws for 2,779 yards and 19 touchdowns. Additionally, the senior’s aid of the offensive line allowed running back Larry Rose III to rush for 1,102 yards.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Legend Danny Villanueva Passes Away At Age 77

Aggie football legend Danny Villanueva passed away on Thursday, June 19 at the age of 77. Villanueva had been hospitalized recently after suffering a stroke.

Villanueva was a member of the Aggies' 1959 and 1960 Sun Bowl teams and played alongside fellow Aggie Hall of Famers Charley Johnson and Pervis Atkins among others.

Villanueva had an accomplished NFL career playing for the LA Rams and Dallas Cowboys and holds the Cowboys' record for most PATs made without a miss in a single season with 56 in 1966.

Recommended reading on Villanueva via this feature on ESPN from 2008 http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/hispanicheritage2008/news/story?id=3640336 as well as this LA Times feature from 1985 http://articles.latimes.com/1985-09-29/news/vw-18584_1_danny-villanueva

Eight Named Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Sun Belt

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CLEVELAND, OH - Eight NM State football players have been named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Sun Belt Team as announced on Monday.

Wide receiver Teldrick Morgan and offensive lineman Isaiah Folasa-Lutui were First Team picks. Morgan led the Aggies with 1,361 all-purpose yards and had seven touchdowns during the 2014 season, while Folasa-Lutui was part of an offensive line that allowed quarterback Tyler Rogers to complete 268 out of 436 pass attempts for 2,779 yards.

Linebacker Rodney Butler earned a Second Team All-Sun Belt selection after he led the Aggies with 119 tackles, which included 58 solo and 61 assisted tackles. Butler collected eight games with double-digit tackles and had a career-high 17 tackles at UTEP on Sept. 13.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Transformational Gift From Allen Theatres To Fund NMSU Football Locker Room Renovation

Written By: NMSU News

The locker room used by the New Mexico State University football team is about to undergo a massive renovation, thanks to a substantial donation from Las Cruces-based Allen Theatres Inc. The project will provide long-overdue improvements to the facility, a facelift to the amenities, and improved conditions for student athletes.

“Allen Theatres is an important friend, having generously supported New Mexico State University for the past 30 years,” said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. “We’re delighted to have them as a key partner and this particular investment will play an important role in helping us continue to build our football program.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State 2015 Football Schedule Released

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University and the Sun Belt Conference announced the 2015 football schedule on Friday, Feb. 27, with five home games, two games versus the Southeastern Conference teams, two rivalry games and eight Sun Belt Conference games on slate.

Coach Doug Martin's Aggies open up with the first of two SEC teams taking on Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 5.

NM State then opens the 2015 SBC season at home versus Georgia State. The Aggies defeated GSU 34-31 last season in Atlanta.

“We are very excited about this schedule for our players and fans,” Coach Martin said. “The non-conference schedule is a great opportunity to move our program forward and to get exposure with two SEC teams and the two rival games.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Adds New O-Line Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the departure of former offensive line coach Walt Wells, who took an assistant head coaching job with Eastern Kentucky University, New Mexico State football head coach Doug Martin announced the hiring of a new offensive-line coach on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Martin hired Andy Richman, who spent the last four seasons at Valdosta State as the offensive line coach. He helped guide the Blazers to a 10-3 overall record, and a quarterfinals appearance in the 2014 NCAA Division II Football Tournament. Richman was also the offensive coordinator in 2014 for a VSU offense that was ranked 39th in NCAA Division II in rushing offense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Doug Martin Announces 2015 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin announced the Aggies’ 2015 signing class throughout the day Wednesday, Feb. 4. Twenty-four student-athletes signed a National Letter of Intent/Financial Aid Agreement with the Aggies to attend New Mexico State University and play football beginning in 2015.

Coach Martin and the Aggie football team signed three tight ends, four defensive lineman, four offensive lineman, five wide receivers, two defensive backs, four linebackers, one running back and one kicker.

“The big thing is getting our scholarship numbers back where they should be. This class will get us to about 80 scholarships, which we haven’t met in about 10 years because we had previously been at about 65 in this program,” head coach Doug Martin said. “The talent upgrades are obvious at tight ends and we signed three today. Our offensive line is much bigger, taller guys than what we have had in the past and even the linebacker core is exceptional in this class.”

The new student-athletes came from various places in the country including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. According to Coach Martin many of these players have the potential to make an immediate impact but he would also like to redshirt some of them so that they can develop into even better players for the future.

“The talent upgrade and the scholarship numbers that we brought in are definitely going to give this team the boost they need,” said Martin.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Makes Staffing Changes

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the retirement of former defensive coordinator Larry Coyer, New Mexico State football head coach Doug Martin announced on Monday, Feb. 2 changes to his coaching staff, which included moving Zane Vance to defensive coordinator, adding former Aggie Oliver Soukup as a defensive line coach and bringing on Cory Martin as a wide receivers coach.

Zane Vance has been the linebackers coach over the past year as well as the recruiting coordinator and will head into his third season with the NM State football program. Vance was also the linebackers coach for Coach Martin while at Kent State and takes on his first defensive coordinator role in his collegiate coaching career. During the 2010 season Kent State was ranked No. 1 in total defense in the Mid-American Athletic Conference while ranking No. 1 in rush defense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Signs Three J.C. Transfers

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State football head coach Doug Martin announced on Thursday, Dec. 18 that three junior college student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend school and play for NM State starting in the spring of 2015.

Wide receiver Tyrian Taylor of Ellsworth C.C. (Iowa), tight end Clayton Granch of Long Beach CC (Calif.) and center Anthony McMeans Arizona Western (Ariz.) have signed their NLI’s and will be on campus at the start spring 2015 semester. Coach Martin mentioned that this is the beginning of a really good recruiting class and feels the hard work his staff has been putting in will pay off.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Sun Belt Announces All-Conference Teams

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Sun Belt Conference office released the selections for the 2014 All-SBC teams with senior center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke named as a first team selection and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Teldrick Morgan as a second team selection.

Ume-Ezeoke, a native of Dallas, Texas, was named a first team selection after a stellar senior season. He was named for the second-consecutive year to the Rimington Watch List prior to the 2014 season starting, which is awarded to the top center in the nation. He was also a Preseason Phil Steele Second Team Selection (center) and a Preseason AthlonSports.com All-Sun Belt Third Team Selection (center).   Continue Reading This Post >>