The NM State football team (1-10, 0-5) will travel to San Marcos, Texas to face newest WAC member Texas State (3-8, 1-4) at Bobcat Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. (MT)
You can listen to all the action with the ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon and color analyst Jason Scott beginning at 1 p.m. on KGRT 104 FM. Also catch the action in Spanish with Edgar Gardell and Bob Sherman on Vista 98.7 FM.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools, as Texas State wraps up its first year at an FBS football program. Saturday’s game will also mark the third team this season that NM State will play for the first time in the program’s history, facing UTSA and Sacramento State earlier in the year.
The Bobcats enter Saturday’s game with a 3-8 overall record and a 1-4 record in conference play. Texas State is 2-3 at home this season and 1-5 on the road.
Texas State is averaging 366.3 yards per game of total offense, 211.2 yards passing and 155.1 yards on the ground. The defense is allowing 34.0 points a game and 490.7 yards a contest.
Shaun Rutherford leads the Bobcat offense with 2,068 yards passing this season and 14 touchdown passes, averaging 188.0 yards a game. The rushing attack is led by Marcus Curry, who is averaging 59.9 yards a game and 5.7 yards a carry this season with nine touchdowns. Andy Erickson leads the receiving corps. Erickson has caught 39 passes for 482 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Joplo Bartu leads the way with 78 tackles, followed by Jason McLean with 63.
Bateman Finishing Out Career in Style
Wide receiver Kemonte Bateman has been quietly putting up numbers over the last eight games for NM State. He has recorded at least three receptions in nine of the 11 games, including a season-high seven against UTEP and UTSA. He also had a career-high 115 yards versus UTEP. Bateman has three touchdowns in the last seven games.
Since the UTEP game, Bateman has 40 receptions, which is second on the team, 544 yards receiving, averaging 13.6 yards a catch and four touchdowns, averaging 49.5 yards a contest.
On the season, Bateman has caught 46 catches for 622 yards and four scores. He ranks sixth in the WAC in receiving yards per game and seventh in receptions per game.
Scoggins Catches Career First
Tight end Perris Scoggins missed two games this season due to injury (Louisiana Tech & Auburn). Against BYU this past week, Scoggins caught his first career touchdown pass on an 8-yard toss from quarterback Andrew Manley in the first quarter. He ended the game with three catches for 25 yards.
On the season, Scoggins has 11 catches for 115 yards and a score.
Bonilla Back in Double Digit Land
Linebacker Bryan Bonilla has 21 tackles over the last three games for the Aggies, including a tackle for a loss. Versus BYU, Bonilla recorded his fourth double digit tackle game with 10 stops.
On the season, Bonilla is fourth on the team in tackles with 75, including 4.5 tackles for a loss and a sack. He currently ranks 13th in the WAC in tackles per game.
Ume-Ezeoke named Academic All-District
New Mexico State sophomore offensive lineman Valerian Ume-Ezeoke has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District VII first team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced last week.
As a result of his first-team all-district selection, Ume-Ezeoke will now be placed on the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America team. The team will consist of first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees and will be selected later on this month.
Ume-Ezeoke is in his second year as an offensive lineman on the NM State football team. The Garland, Texas, native has started all nine games at center for the Aggies this season. Ume-Ezeoke is an integral part of an offensive line that so far this year has helped produce over 2,000 yards passing from sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley, over 500 yards rushing from junior running back Germi Morrison and over 1,000 yards receiving from sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin, who is also first in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and third in the nation in receiving yards per game.
Franklin has Best Return Game
Wide receiver Austin Franklin took over kick return duties for the Aggies two weeks ago. He recorded three returns for 83 yards with a long of 33 yards for the Aggies against San Jose State. Versus BYU, Franklin had three returns for 53 yards and a long of 21 yards. Last season, Franklin had three returns for 103 yards, averaging 34.3 yards a return. This season, Franklin has eight returns for 163 yards, averaging 20.4 yards a return.
Callendar Leads Team in INTs
Safety George Callender has made is impact felt in the Aggie secondary this season. Against Auburn, Callendar had 10 stops and recorded his first career interception, while going over the 100 tackles mark for his career. He followed that performance by grabbing his second interception against San Jose State. Versus No. 24 Louisiana Tech, Callender recorded a career-high 14 tackles. Against Utah State, Callender tallied nine tackles. It was the third time this season that Callender recorded nine tackles in a game.
On the season, Callender has 80 tackles, 47 of those are solo efforts, ranking him third on the team and ninth in the WAC at 7.3 tackles per game.
For his career, Callendar 114 tackles and three pass break-ups.
Franklin named to Biletnikoff Semifinalist List
New Mexico State wide receiver Austin Franklin was one of ten wide receivers named to the 2012 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist list.
The award is named for Fred Biletnikoff, the Florida State University All-America receiver and a Pro-Football Hall of Famer. The award has been given out for the past 17 years. This is the second straight season an Aggie wide receiver has been named to the watch list. (Taveon Rogers – 2011)
Franklin has caught 69 passes for 1,154 yards and nine touchdowns, leading the Aggies. He has also tallied 1,365 all-purpose yards.
Other semifinals included Tavon Austin, West Virginia; Stedman Bailey, West Virginia; Brandin Cooks, Oregon State; Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas; Austin Hill, Arizona; Deandre Hopkins, Clemson; Marqise Lee, Southern California; Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech and Terrance Williams, Baylor.
The recipient of the 2012 Biletnikoff Award will be announced live on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards in early December. The Biletnikoff Award Presentation Banquet will be held at the University Center Club at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
Chapman-Brown Solid in 2012
Chapman-Brown, a junior from Sydney, Australia (Snow College), punted seven times for 356 yards, a 50.9-yard average in the game against San Jose State, earning WAC Special Teams Player of the Week. He had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line and had a long of 61 yards.
On the season, Chapman-Brown has recorded 69 punts for 3,051 yards, averaging 44.2 yards a punt, with 22 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 19 punts over 50 yards. He also has a long of 63 yards this season. His 44.2 yards per punt currently ranks as the best punting average in a single-season in school history. He also ranks second in the WAC in yards per punt.
Franklin Joins 1,000-yard Club
Wide receiver Austin Franklin joined an elite Aggie club against Auburn with seven catches for 154 yards. He became just the fifth player in school history to record over 1,000 yards receiving in a single-season. This year, Franklin has 1,154 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 16.7 yards per catch.
He has also recorded seven 100-yard receiving game of the season. He has eight 100-yard receiving games in his career, including seven this season (Sac State – 236; UTEP – 107; New Mexico – 107; UTSA – 105; Idaho – 115; Louisiana Tech – 139; Auburn - 154).
Franklin also leads the team in scoring with 56 points on nine touchdown receptions and a two-point conversion catch. He is 10th in the conference in scoring with 5.1 points per game.
Nationally, Franklin ranks seventh in receiving yards per game, is 31st in receptions per game and 40th in all-purpose yards. He ranks second in the WAC in receiving yards per game and in receptions per game.
For his career, Franklin has caught 103 passes for 1,678 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 16.3 yards per catch.
Walls Long Journey Coming to a Close
Tight end Trevor Walls continues to be a productive play maker for the Aggies this season. Against Auburn, Walls had a career day with highs in both receptions (6) and yards (39). Then versus San Jose State, Walls caught his second touchdown pass of the season. Over the last four games, Walls has 12 catches for 101 yards, and a touchdown.
On the season, Walls has 18 receptions for 167 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 9.3 yards per catch.
For his career, Walls has 29 catches for 311 yards and two scores, averaging 10.7 yards a reception.
Aggies’ Scoring in the Fourth
NM State is averaging 17.2 points a game this season, while giving up 37.0 points per game. The Aggies have been outscored 336 to 111 in the first three quarters this season, but have outscored their opponents 85 to 71 in the fourth quarter.
The Aggies are only giving up 6.5 points this season in the fourth quarter, while giving up 30.5 points in the first three quarters.
Cazares Leads Team/WAC in Tackles
Safety Davis Cazares currently leads the team in tackles with 110 thru 11 games. He also leads the WAC in tackles per game and is 22nd in the nation. He became the 23rd player in school history to have over 100 tackles in a single season.
Cazares had a career day against New Mexico with 19 tackles and a forced fumble. He had eight solo tackles and 11 assisted. On the season, Cazares has recorded six games with double-digit tackles.
Cazares' previous high was 10 tackles against Sacramento State to start the season. He then followed that performance with a 10 tackles against UTSA. This past weekend, Cazares had 15 tackles about No. 24 Louisiana Tech.
In 2011, Cazares played in 13 games for the Aggies on special teams and at safety. He tallied 12 tackles on the season. Cazares recorded a season-high three tackles against Fresno State (Nov. 12) and two tackles versus Ohio (Sept. 3), New Mexico (Oct. 1) and Nevada (Oct. 29).
For his career, Cazares has 130 tackles, two tackles for a loss, a pass break-up and a forced fumble.
Morrison Continues to Run Hard
Running back Germi Morrison has stepped into the lead running back position this season for the Aggies. Versus Auburn, Morrison recorded 79 yards on the ground, his fourth straight game with over 75 yards rushing. Against Utah State, Morrison had a career-high 96 yards on 19 carries. He also caught a career-high four passes for 28 yards. Versus Louisiana Tech, Morrison recorded his second straight game with over 90 yards rushing, while catching a career-high four passes for 51 yards. Versus BYU, Morrision had 64 yards on 16 carries.
On the season, Morrison has 644 yards on the ground to lead NM State on 140 carries with one touchdown. He is fifth on the WAC in rushing yards per game 58.5. Morrison also has 11 catches for 91 yards on the year.
Tiger Back in the Endzone
Running back Tiger Powell has made his name for the Aggies this season on short yardage runs. Against Auburn, Powell had five attempts for 15 yards including a 2-yard touchdown.
On the season, Powell has 198 rushing yards and leads the team in rushing touchdowns with five. He also has two catches for 11 yards.
Harris a Tough Cornerback
Cornerback Jeremy Harris recorded a career-high three pass break ups against No. 24 Louisiana Tech. He also had six tackles for the second straight week. Over the course of the last three games, Harris has 16 tackles, a tackles for a loss and two pass break ups. On the season he leads the team in pass break ups with 10, ranking him tied for fourth in the WAC. He also ranks tied for sixth in the conference in forced fumbles with two, which also leads the Aggies.
On the season, Harris has 55 tackles, an interception, 10 pass break ups and two forced fumbles.
Savage Close to Breaking into Top-5
Defensive end Donte Savage had his best game of the 2012 season against Utah State. Savage tied a season-high six tackles, two sacks, two and half tackles for a loss and four quarterback hurries. He was named an honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week by College Football Performance.
On the season, Savage has three sacks and 37 tackles. His seven tackles for a loss ranks him ninth in the WAC, while his three sacks’ leads the team.
For his career, Savage has 137 tackles, 28.0 for a loss, four forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, a blocked PAT and a blocked punt. Savage looks to make his mark on the sack record book. He currently has 14 for his career and needs two to break into the top five all-time at NM State.
Nixon the Man in the Middle
Linebacker Trashaun Nixon has played solid for the Aggies. On the first play of the game against Idaho, Nixon recorded his first career interception. He also a team-high eight tackles, two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries.
He followed that performance with seven tackles, a sack, a tackles for a loss and a quarterback hurry versus Utah State. He then added eight tackles against No. 24 Louisiana Tech and five stops versus Auburn.
Over the last three games, Nixon has 23 tackles, averaging over seven tackles a game.
Nixon is seventh in the WAC with 8.0 tackles a game, ranking 87th in the country. He is also fifth in the WAC in tackles for a loss.
On the season, Nixon is second on the team in tackles with 88, with 8.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, five quarterback hurries, four pass break ups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Manley by the Numbers
This season, Manley has thrown for 2,516 yards and 16 touchdowns, completing 53.8 percent of his passes.
Against UTEP, Manley surpassed the 2,000-yard passing mark with 290 yards on 20-of-47 passing. Manley has thrown for over 200 yards in a game nine times in his career and has now thrown a touchdown pass in nine straight games. Against Idaho, Manley recorded his third 300-yard passing game, with 309 yards on 28-of-45 passing and a touchdown. He broke the 3,000-yard passing mark for his career in that game as well.
Manley is currently fourth in the WAC in passing yards per game (228.7) and fifth in total offense per game (214.3).
For his career, Manley has thrown for 4,012 yards and 23 touchdowns, while completing 54.0 percent of his pass attempts.
The Lineman Chart
The offensive line is a position in the game of football that has no stats or glory but could possibly be one of the most important positions on the field. Let’s take a look at the grade sheet for the NM State offensive line in week 111 of the season.
Guard Davonte Wallace led the Aggies with five knockdowns against BYU.
House, Green and Rogers Playing in the NFL
The Aggies currently have three players in the NFL. Defensive back Davon House who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, becoming the first Aggies to be drafted since 2003. In 2012, defensive back Jonte Green was selected in the sixth round by the Detroit Lions, while wide receiver/kick returner Taveon Rogers was signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals. Rogers has since moved to defensive back.
Aggies on Twitter
The Aggie Athletics department has a Twitter account where media and fans can get all your in-game scores at www.twitter.com/nmstateaggies. Head Coach DeWayne Walker also has a twitter account for all the latest football news, as media and fans can go to www.twitter.com/dwalkerfootball.