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Aggie Football Picked 10th By Sun Belt Coaches In Preseason Poll

Written By: Sun Belt Conference Media Relations

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Georgia Southern was picked as the favorite to repeat and win the conference championship in the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Football Preseason Poll, voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches.

The Eagles received six of the 11 first-place votes and tallied 110 points, narrowly surpassing the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns who tallied 108 points and three first-place votes. The Eagles claimed the 2014 Sun Belt regular season title with a perfect 8-0 conference record. The Cajuns finished 7-1 in league play and won their fourth consecutive R+L New Orleans Bowl.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Cunningham Selected To Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL - NM State football offensive lineman Andy Cunningham has been selected to the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List as announced by the All Sports Association on Wednesday.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service” is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Cunningham is a four-year starter and has played every position on the offensive line. He played in the first six games of the 2014 season before being sidelined due to injury for the second time in his collegiate career. Prior to his injury, the Frisco, Texas native helped anchor an offensive line that allowed Tyler Rogers to throw for 1,471 yards and Larry Rose III to rush for 290 yards in the first half the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Morgan Named To Biletnikoff Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NM State football wide receiver Teldrick Morgan was named to the 2015 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. announced on Wednesday. This is the second watch list Morgan has been placed on after he was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List recently.

The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding college football receiver, regardless of position. Morgan is one of just four Sun Belt receivers named to the list of 48 candidates.

During the 2014 season, Morgan had 75 receptions for 903 yards to average 12.0 yards per catch and 82.1 receiving yards per game. The Hanover, Md. native had a career-long 57-yard reception at UTEP on Sept.13 on his way to a personal-best 202 receiving yards. Overall, Morgan amassed four games of at least 100 receiving yards, eight games with 50 or more receiving yards and seven touchdowns.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>