Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the New Mexico State Aggies season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 3-9
Head Coach: Doug Martin, 6th year, 20-53
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW MEXICO STATE OFFENSE
– The offense picked it up a bit after a rough start, but it still averaged just 371 yards and 25 points overall. The passing attack was ineffective, there wasn’t enough of a ground game, and there were too many stalled drives. On the plus side, it was a rebuilding year, and now the payoff should come – at least a bit – with eight starters returning.
– The O line that struggled in pass protection and couldn’t get anything consistently going on the ground gets four starters back. there’s good bulk on the outside, and more size among the young reserves to generate some sort of push for seniors Jason Huntley and Christian Gibson, who combined for close to 1,100 yards and 13 scores. They didn’t get the ball enough in an O that likes the midrange passing game. Also helping with the running game …
– QB Josh Adkins is back after – all things considered – a decent first season. The sophomore ran well, and he came up with over 2,500 passing yards after stepping in for starter Matt Romero, who struggled out of the gate at pushing anything down the field. He’s the program now. As he improves, so goes the 2019 NMSU season … more on that in a few moments.
– Leading receiver Jonathan Boone is done, but Huntley is a terrific receiver out of the backfield, and five of the top six receivers and TE Bryce Roberts are back. This is a very big, very promising group of 6-3ish targets around the 5-7, 165-pound OJ Clark, who finished second with 52 catches but for just 512 yards.