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Maxwell Johnson Named To Lou Groza Award Watch List

Written By: Sun Belt Media Relations

New Mexico State's Maxwell Johnson was named to the thirty-player Watch List for the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Wednesday.

Johnson returns after he was NMSU's leading scorer in 2013. His 10 field goals came in the span of the final eight games, including a pair in the 4th quarter of a 34-29 victory over Abilene Christian.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 6th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former Groza finalists selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 24th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 11th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ume-Ezeoke Named To 2014 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Rimington Trophy Committee has released its 2014 Fall Watch List, which features 66 of the best centers in Division I football, including New Mexico State’s Valerian Ume-Ezeoke. This is the second year in a row that Ume-Ezeoke, a native of Garland, Texas, as made the fall watch list.

Ume-Ezeoke started at center for the Aggies offensive line during the 2013 season, recording 56.5 knockdowns, second highest on the team. He had a season-high 10 knockdowns against Louisiana (Nov. 2). Ume-Ezeoke’s play helped the Aggies’ leading rusher Germi Morrison rush for an average of 4.1 yards a rush on 109 carries for 451 yards and a team-high four rushing touchdowns. His blocking ability also allowed quarterback Andrew McDonald lead the Aggies in passing, throwing for 2,497 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 208.1 yards a game.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NM STATE Releases Aggie Memorial Stadium Turf Design

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

2014 NM State Field Turf Design

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State athletic department today released the final design of the synthetic turf that is currently being installed at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The field will debut on Thursday, August 28 at 6PM for the home opener against Cal Poly as part of Ag Day.

The field design will use a liberal amount of crimson, with the Pistol Pete logo emblazoned across the center of the field. The bright and vibrant colors will make Aggie Memorial Stadium a place of pride for the entire community.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2014 Aggie Football Schedule Released

2014 NM State Football Schedule

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department released the 2014 New Mexico State football poster, Thursday afternoon. This year the 2014 edition is shaped like the state of New Mexico, while also holding several elements of symbolism.

In addition to its unique shape, die cut in the State of New Mexico, the player wearing the No. 1 jersey shows that the players are excited for a new season and ready to strive for success on the field. It also symbolizes unity among the community, coaches, players, and the university to rebuild the football program to prominence.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Martin Names Walt Wells Offensive Line Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin announced the hiring of Walt Wells as the Aggies’ new offensive line coach, Tuesday afternoon. Wells brings over 20 years of experience in the collegiate ranks to the NM State staff as both an offensive line coach and offensive coordinator.

“Coach Wells is another coach with tremendous experience,” Martin said. “I think the one thing that is intriguing about Walt is his experience as an offensive coordinator. That experience will be valuable to coach Brandon as they work together and game plan. Coach Wells has done an outstanding job of developing players over the years and this is another great hire for New Mexico State.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Symington Resigns As Offensive Line Coach

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin announced on Wednesday that offensive line coach Chris Symington has resigned from his position due to on-going health issues. A search for his replacement is already underway.

“Right now our concern is for Chris’ health and helping him get better,” Martin said. “Myself and the staff support coach Symington and will do everything we can to help him. His health is more important right now than the game of football.”

Aggie Football Season Ticket Plans Announced

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State athletic department released the season and single-game price’s for the 2014 football season and have announced an exciting new initiative for children. Season tickets go on sale on May 26.

In order to make NM State home football games better for the whole family, season tickets for kids 12 and under will be just $50 for virtually any seat in the stadium. Only seats in sections G and GG are excluded from this special price. In addition, game day tickets for kids 12 and under will be just $5 in general admission or east side seats.

“We want to make NM State home football games the place to be for the whole community,” said NM State athletic director McKinley Boston. “With our new kid pricing, family-oriented promotions, running on the field after the game and pre-game Kids Zone, we hope to create the most family-friendly entertainment option in the region.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Chris Symington Named NM State Offensive Line Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin announced Friday that Chris Symington has been hired as the Aggies’ new offensive line coach.

“I’m absolutely fired up about coming to New Mexico State as the offensive line coach,” Symington said. “I can’t wait to get to Las Cruces and get to work. This is a great opportunity. I knew Coach Martin when he was at Kent State and Coach Brandon when he was at Bowling Green from my days at Eastern Michigan. I’ve been at Colorado State-Pueblo for five seasons and during that time we had three undefeated seasons, so I’m accustomed to winning and I can’t wait to start doing the same at New Mexico State.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Marshall Accepts Position With Green Bay Packers

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin Announced Thursday that offensive line coach Steve Marshall has accepted a coaching position with the Green Bay Packers as their new assistant offensive line coach. Marshall was hired at NM State back in mid-January.

“Obviously we hate to lose coach Marshall to Green Bay but I understand what a great opportunity this is for him and his family,” Martin said. “We wish him the best of luck.”

Martin will begin a search for Marshall’s replacement immediately.

Calling All Aggies :: Support Aggie Football In 2014

Written By: Steve Macy, Associate Athletic Director

The 2014 New Mexico State football schedule has been released and folks on campus have been busy creating fun events built around the home portion of the schedule. After one year as an independent, NM State joins the Sun Belt in football and will welcome four Sun Belt schools during the season. Two non-conference games round out the six home game-schedule.

The season gets off to a start with a Thursday night game against Cal Poly on August 28. It will be Ag Day and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will be partnering with its members to create a fun tailgating atmosphere complete with pony rides, exhibitions, demonstrations, sampling and more. You really want to be part of this fun and festive opening game.  Continue Reading This Post >>