2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The New Mexico State Offense
Run the ball better. The Aggies regularly ran for over 2,000 yards, but the passing game and the sped-up offense took over in 2017, and the ground game suffered. Last season, they finished with just 1,264 yards and averaged a mere 3.6 yards per carry. It was the worst rushing year for the program since 2012, when it barely hit three yards per pop with 1,171 yards in the ugly 1-11 campaign.
With the backs they have in place, and with a runner in QB Josh Adkins, there’s no reason not to start grinding more. However, that’s hard to do when you get behind, with means …
Biggest Key To The New Mexico State Defense
Stop the run just a wee bit. The 2017 defense had its issues, but it wasn’t miserable against the run, allowing 2,164 yards and just over four yards per carry. Last season? The Aggies got crushed for 3,221 rushing yards, 38 scores, and over five yards per carry.
Teams were able to control games way too easily by powering away in game after game. Liberty was the only team that didn’t at least flirt with 200 rushing yards – New Mexico ran for 198, but scored five times – against an Aggie D that allowed 300 rushing yards or more five times.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Josh Adkins, Soph.
Take your pick of several defensive players who need to step up to change things up after a rough season, but the offense has to do its part to keep drives going and keep up in inevitable shootouts. That means Adkins needs to become special after stepping in and completing 57% of his passes for 2,563 yards and 13 scores with nine picks. Can he come close to hitting the 4,000-yard passing mark that Tyler Rogers cranked up two years ago? Absolutely.
Key Game To The New Mexico State Season
at New Mexico, Sept. 21
The Aggies were able to beat the Lobos two years in a row, and now they have to take back the rivalry after getting roasted 42-25 last year. They’ll get annihilated over the first part of the season against Washington State, Alabama and San Diego State, and they have to deal with Fresno State after this. If they’re going to dream of getting close to six wins and bowl eligibility, they have to win this.
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2018 New Mexico State Fun Stats
– TDs Scored: Opponents 63 – New Mexico State 38
– Time of Possession: Opponents 34:44 – New Mexico State 25:10
– Rushing Yards: Opponents 3,235 – New Mexico State 1,264