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New Mexico State Aggies 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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New Mexico State Aggies 2016 Preview

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Is 2016 the year that Doug Martin and the long suffering New Mexico State Aggies finally reach the postseason?

Overview: When Doug Martin took over the New Mexico State football program four years ago he hinted that the fruits of his labor would begin to show in 2016. The Aggies were outscored 45-28 a year ago and that has to change for any improvement to occur.

New Mexico State Aggies 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: The Aggies were far better offensively then on defense and they have a few weapons to make them dangerous. Tyler Rogers might be the man under center after falling just shy of 1,000 passing yards despite a broken left thumb in game number four although Southern Mississippi transfer Tyler Matthews can’t be counted out. Unfortunately the Aggies passing game took a hit when leading receiver Teldrick Morgan (45-551) left the team leaving Tyrian Taylor and Gregory Hogan and their combined 64 receptions as the top returning targets. Of course the top weapon for NMSU is RB Larry Rose III (240-1651) who averaged nearly seven yards per pop and will run behind a line that averages over 300 pounds.

Defense: When a defense allows over 500 yards and 45 points it’s difficult to find bright spots but easy to see where improvement is needed. Martin recognized the Aggies needs help from the defensive line where he signed several players to bulk up this unit that was small even by Sun Belt standards. The linebacking unit is loaded with everybody that saw the field a year ago coming back with Derek Ibekwe, Terrill Hanks, Dalton Harrington and Rodney Butler combining for 23 TFL. New Mexico State has safeties but will need corners in the secondary.

Special Teams: The Aggies return placekicker Parker Davidson but need a punter. The biggest concern is the return game which wasn’t great heading in to the season and loses Teldrick Morgan.

Outlook: The Aggies schedule isn’t overly strong and logic says there are some ‘built’ in wins. The question is there enough to show improvement and appease the fan base.

Schedule:

9/3                 @ UTEP

9/10               New Mexico

9/17               @ Kentucky

9/24               @ Troy

10/1               UL Lafayette

10/15             @ Idaho

10/22             Georgia Southern

10/29             @ Texas A&M

11/12             @ Arkansas State

11/19             Texas State

11/26             Appalachian State

12/3               @ South Alabama

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