2009 New Mexico State Aggies College Football Predictions
2009 New Mexico State Aggies Predictions
2008 Record: (3-9, 1-7)
Coach: DeWayne Walker, 1st year (0-0 overall)
Off. Coordinator: Timm Rosenbach (1st year)
Def. Coordinator: DeWayne Walker (1st year)
Returning Starters: 13 (5 offense, 6 defense, punter, kicker)
Ret. Starting Quarterback: No
Offense: The offense returns five starters from a unit that allowed 22.2ppg (89th in the nation) and 355.6 yards per game (64th in the nation). DeWayne Walker akes over as head coach and will have to rebuild the offense and defense. They lose most of the talent on offense including QB Chase Holbrook and record-setting receivers Chris Williams and A.J. Harris. They move from the spread offense to a more traditional as former NFL QB Timm Rosenbach, takes over as offensive coordinator. The top two qb candidates Jeff Felming and Trevor Walls had poor spring games. They’ll use a combination of seniors Tonny Glynn and Marquell Colston at running backs. Senior WR Marcus Anderson (5-8, 166) is the leading returning receiver with 617 yards. They’ve brought in several jucos to push for playing time. The offensive line returns three of five starters from a unit that had all sorts of injury issues last season.
Defense: The defense returns six starters from a unit that allowed a whopping 34.1ppg (105th in the nation) and 379.6 yards per game (75th). This is Walker’s specialty, as he coached a great unit at UCLA. They’ll transition from a 3-3-5 scheme to a traditional 4-3 look. Up front, they have no returning starters, though last year’s line struggled so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. At linebacker, they return all three starters including senior Nick Paden (6-3, 235), who was third in the WAC with 8.9 tackles per game and had two picks. Weakside linebacker Jason Scott (5-10, 207) had nine tackles for loss and is the team’s second-leading returning tackler. In the secondary, they return two of five starters from the third-ranked pass defense in the nation (159.4ypg). Of course, most teams just ran all over the Aggies last year. Junior CB Davon House is a playmaker who recovered two fumbles and picked off two last season.
Outlook: The Aggies face Idaho (conference), Prairie View A&M and UTEP at home in their first three games of the season. They take on rival New Mexico, Ohio State and San Diego State on the road. In conference, they face Boise State on the road and Fresno State at home. This will be a rebuilding year for the Aggies, who are implementing a new offense and defense.