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Previewing 2009 New Mexico's Opponents: New Mexico State Aggies

BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER  7:  Walter Taylor #22 of New Mexico State during the game against the California Golden Bears on September 7, 2002 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. (Photo By Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
JeremySenior Writer IJuly 22, 2009

New Mexico State had been known for the high power offense, but it was all for naught for them since their defense has been terrible. Last year, their offense even fell off and only averaged 22 points per game, which had them near the bottom of the NCAA, declining from their peak in 2006.

That is the reason they brought in former UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker. He will have his hands full on defense since the Aggies have been terrible the past few years. Not to say he did a great job at UCLA, but he will be a definite upgrade for the defense.

The offense will struggle as well since the Aggies lost Chase Holbrook, who was a pretty good quarterback who put up some nice numbers. However, look for a more traditional offense instead of the pass-happy scheme that was used in the previous regime.

PassingCom%YardsTDINT
Jeff Fleming0000
RushingCarriesYardsYards Per CarryTD
Marquell Colston823844.74
Tonny Glynn662143.20
ReceivingCatchesYardsYards Per CatchTD
Marcus Anderson5061712.39
Julius Fleming1316612.80
Marquell Colston14765.41

 

The new projected quarterback will be JC transfer Jeff Fleming, who had other offers from fellow WAC league mates Utah State and Idaho. Toss in the fact that the offensive line will be learning a new scheme, and the Aggies will hope that they do not get even worse this year.

Marquell Colston has potential at running back, but if the offensive line is adjusting to a new scheme, not to mention that the Aggies will most likely be playing from behind, this could make Colston a non-factor, no matter how good he might be.

The wideouts have the best potential to succeed with Marcus Anderson leading the way. The Aggies have talent here and should use this to their advantage.

If, and this is a big if, the quarterback play and the line can be stable, then the Aggies passing attack could cause trouble for some teams.

The defensive line is in terrible shape as well, giving up over 220 yards per game on the ground. Also, the defensive line was unable to run the ball or slow anyone down last season. There should be some improvement with returning talent, but that might not amount to too much improvement.

The main goal for the Aggies to try not be in the cellar of the WAC and stay ahead of Utah State and Idaho. Any improvement beyond that will be impressive.

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