Monday, August 30, 2010
WAC 2010- New Mexico State Aggies
2009 Record: 3-10 (1-7)
Head Coach: DeWayne Walker
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Dunbar (1st season)
Defensive Coordinator: Walker
2009 Bowl Game: It's been 50 years
Offense: They have one? The aggies passed for a miserable 87.8 yards per game in 2009. And no, they weren't running the option. There is no QB named as of yet, with Jeff Fleming and Matt Christian fighting it out. Seth Smith rushed for 1000 yards last season, and Kenny Turner arrives as a JC AA, but the line only returns two starters from the end of last season. Good luck finding holes in that mess. Todd Lee and Marcus Allen (no, not OJ's old buddy) return at WR, and Kyle Nelson returns at TE, but where were they a year ago?
Defense: The secondary ranked 36th against the pass, which is admirable, but the unit as a whole finished 103rd. I guess it's hard to play up when you have the worst offense in America. 3 linemen return in DE Pierre Fils, DT John Finau, and DE Donte Savage. There are no returnees at LB, so the line had better be good. Jonte Green and Davon House return at CB, while Alphonso Powell returns at SS, so at least the one shining aspect of this team returns with experience.
Special Teams: Tyler Stampler, a JC transfer, will be the PK. Kyle Hughes lost that job, but will continue on as punter.
Toss Up Games: 10/30 San Jose State
Losses: 9/11 San Diego State, 9/18 @ UTEP, 9/25 @ Kansas, 10/2 Boise State, 10/9 New Mexico, 10/16 @ Fresno State, 10/23 @ Idaho, 11/6 @ Utah State, 11/13 Louisiana Tech, 11/20 @ Nevada, 11/27 Hawaii
Either beat San Jose State, or go winless. That's what you are looking at in Las Crucas. 50 years since a bowl or a conference title, and we'll just go ahead and add one more to each total.
Outlook: As bad as it gets. What's worse is that the conference may be gone soon, and where do the Aggies go from there? This team is basically in dire straights right now. Walker left his job as DC at UCLA for this? Bad move man.