Clear skies and a sunny day set the scene for the New Mexico State Aggies football team’s second full-contact scrimmage. After some quick individual and special teams drills the offense and defense split sides and the scrimmage began.
The offense came out fast and especially in the run game by Germi Morrison and Brandon Betancourt. They both displayed the ability to make defenders miss and explosion to the next level. Betancourt ran for a nice touchdown on one of the first drives which gave the offense an early boost.
Unlike years past, quarterbacks were also live during the scrimmage. Andrew Manley, Andrew McDonald and Travaughn Colwell each had an opportunity to display their individual skill sets. The slimmer looking Manley threw the ball hard and looked a lot more comfortable making plays in the pocket. McDonald was able to avoid pressure and get out of would-be tackles for loss and complete throws on the run. Colwell used his legs when nothing was open and made a couple big plays through the air.
The tides quickly turned and the defense had a string of big plays. The defensive line put immense pressure on the quarterbacks which in turn forced a pair of turnovers. The turnovers came from defensive tackle Inuka Rhaheed off a deflected pass and an interception from cornerback Cameron Fuller. Strong Safety, Zachery Baker also had a notable big sack on the quarterback which fired up the defense.
Special teams were incorporated throughout practice. Punter, Cayle Chapman-Brown didn’t skip a beat from last year easily booting balls fifty plus yards with plenty of hang time. The segments were crisp and very well organized.
To conclude practice the Aggies took part in several red-zone periods. The offense was able to get into the end zone a few times and wide receiver Adam Shapiro had a notable play taking a short pass and making multiple defenders miss for a score. Junior College transfer Jordan Bergstrom also displayed big play ability throughout the scrimmage hauling in a couple nice grabs.
Overall, the Aggies second full-contact scrimmage was very competitive and promising. Coach Doug Martin kept both sides equally motivated and the coordinators and position coaches were very vocal throughout.
Also, make sure don’t forget to attend the spring game on May 4th at 6pm at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Admission is free. Reminder that the football team will hold a free kids clinic that same day at 10 a.m. in the stadium. #NMStateFootball