College Football Preview: The 2015 New Mexico State Aggies
New Mexico State Aggies Preview
2014 Record: 2-10
Doug Martin looks to lead a young New Mexico State Aggies club to respectability in the Sun Belt.
Overview: The New Mexico State Aggies won their first two games of 2014 before closing the season with ten consecutive defeats. Can another year of experience help add to the win total or are the Aggies still another year or two away?
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Offense: Going by the numbers, Tyler Rogers threw 436 times and completed 61.5% of his throws for 2,779 yards which is great. Not so great is the 19 TD’s and 23 picks which can’t happen on a team with a porous defense. Rogers will have his top two options back in Teldrick Morgan (75-891) and Joshua Bowen (41-336) but despite losing three guys that caught between 25-37 passes the receiving corps will have enough options in their receiver by committee system. The backfield is set with Larry Rose III rushing for over 1,100 yards and averaging nearly six yards per touch as a freshman. Six players are back from an above average offensive line but All Sun Belt center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke graduated.
Defense: From an experience stand point New Mexico State is loaded on the defensive front with seven of their top eight back. From a performance standpoint this group was not big and struggled to stop the run and get in to the backfield. The linebackers received little help from the guys in front of them and were extremely undersized as well but performed admirably given the circumstances. The top four are back with Rodney Butler leading the team with 88.5 tackles including 7.5 TFL with Derek Ibekwe checking in with 73.5 stops and 4.5 TFL. The secondary has virtually everyone back and will be heavily leaned on if NMSU decides to blitz more often to generate a pass rush.
Special Teams: Punter Stephen Witkowski averaged almost 41 yards on 39 punts but the Aggies need a place kicker in theory because they attempted just 12 field goals and made seven. Teldrick Morgan and Gregory Hogan handled both return duties and that won’t change.
Outlook: The Aggies have some weapons on offense and that side of the ball is far and away the best part of this team. I don’t know if the defense has enough size to pose a threat to many teams so if the team wins anything more then three games that should be considered a big step forward.