Best New Mexico State Offensive Player
WR OJ Clark, Jr.
The smallish 5-7, 163-pounder can be used as a kick returner and has the potential to be dangerous whenever he has the ball in his hands. But now he has to be more of a top target from his spot on the inside – he has to use his quickness to do more. He caught 47 passes for 500 yards and three scores, but he didn’t hit enough home runs.
2. QB Matt Romero, Jr.
3. WR Anthony Muse, Jr.
4. RB Jason Huntley, Sr.
5. QB Nick Jeanty, Sr.
Best New Mexico State Defensive Player
DE Cedric Wilcots II, Jr.
With leading tackler and pass rusher Dalton Herrington gone, the spotlight will be on the 6-4, 260-pound Wilcots to become even more of a factor. Okay against the run – making 29 tackles – he turned in an All-Sun Belt season with 8.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. However, he needs to be more consistent, with three of his sacks coming in a dominant performance against Texas State, and 3.5 a few weeks later against Idaho.
2. S Ron LaForce, Sr.
3. CB Shamad Lomax, Jr.
4. LB Terrill Hanks, Sr.
5. DT Roy Lopez, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
OT Sage Doxtater, Jr.
The passing game might have been great, but the pass protection was a big, big struggle, allowing 32 sacks and 77 tackles for loss. Now the line has to try to be better despite losing a few key parts and without a whole lot of depth to help the cause. The 6-7, 343-pound Doxtater underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, but the Aggies need him to shine at left tackle.
Key Game To The New Mexico State Season
at Utah State, Sept. 8
Can the Aggies repeat the magic? Even if everything goes right, it’ll be tough to beat Wyoming and Minnesota to start the season. However, a good measuring stick will be the rematch of the Arizona Bowl against Utah State – the epic 26-20 overtime win by the NMSU Aggies. There are plenty of winnable games ahead, but get this on the road and the season gets off to an interesting start before dealing with New Mexico.
2017 New Mexico State Fun Stats
– 3rd Down Conversions: NMSU 92-for-210 (44%) – Opponents 54-for-186 (29%)
– Sacks: NMSU 43 for 250 yards – Opponents 32 for 208 yards
– Interceptions Thrown: NMSU 22 – Opponents 16