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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 >>

Rodney Butler, Maxwell Johnson Earn Sun Belt Player Of The Week Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Mexico State sophomore linebacker Rodney Butler and senior place kicker Maxwell Johnson were named the defensive player of the week and special teams player of the week as announced by the Sun Belt Conference office, Monday, Sept. 8. Both honors are a first for each player. Louisiana-Monroe wide receiver Ajalen Holley was named the offensive player of the week this week.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Football Begins Fall Practice, Friday, August 1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team opens its 2014 fall camp, Friday, Aug. 1, at the football practice field beginning at 3:00 p.m. Practices will be open for the first 45 minutes of practice then closed for the remainder of practice. The first five days of camp are the NCAA mandated five-day acclimation period before the Aggies jump right into two-a-day practices on Aug. 9.

The Aggies' annual media day in Las Cruces is scheduled for July 31 at 10:30 a.m., in the football meeting rooms, located on the north end of the stadium.

NM State opens up its 2014 season, Aug. 28, against Cal Poly inside Aggie Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Season tickets are available now and start at only $50, while kids 12 and under are just $5 a game. Tickets can be purchased through the Pan American Center ticket office, by calling 575-646-1420, or visiting Ticketmaster.com and searching for NM State football. The Ticketmaster website now allows Aggie fans to pick their specific seats directly from their computer.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Sun Belt Football Preseason Coaches Poll Released; Aggies Picked 11th

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Sun Belt Conference office announced the 2014 Preseason Coaches Poll, July 19. NM State was selected No. 11 in the poll with 26 points.

“Right now all we can worry about is ourselves,” head coach Doug Martin said. “There is a reason why you play the games. We know that this is a much improved football team right now then from this time last year. We understand the challenges we have ahead of us and we look forward to those challenges and getting back on the football field.”

NM State went 2-10 in 2013 during Martin’s first season as head coach after playing one of the toughest schedules in the school’s history. The Aggies faced five teams that had participated in a bowl game the previous season while also playing two teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation.  Continue Reading This Post >>