NMSU Media Relations Intern
The New Mexico State Aggies football team took the field for their final full-contact scrimmage today before the anticipated spring game next weekend on Saturday, May 4 at 6 p.m..
Another beautiful Saturday morning set the stage for an entertaining and organized scrimmage in all three phases of the game. The Aggies jumped right into the scrimmage after routine stretching, individual drills and special teams drills.
The offense came out fast scoring two touchdowns through the air in the first few opening series. The first score came on a connection from quarterback, Travaughn Colwell to Adam Shapiro and next on a strike from Andrew McDonald to Joshua Bowen.
Offensively, NM State took awhile to get the run game going. The front seven were stout and senior linebacker, Trashaun Nixon made a couple notable plays to get the defense fired up.
The defense held strong forcing consecutive 3-and-outs. Offense regained momentum on a long rush by Germi Morrison and Andrew Manley finished the drive scrambling for a rushing touchdown.
The Aggies moved the ball closer to the goal line for several red zone periods. The offensive line in the second half of the scrimmage displayed a lot of strength and power that opened up holes for scores by running backs Brandon Betancourt and freshman, Xavier Hall. Colwell also had a score via run and junior college transfer cornerback, Winston Rose broke on a pass for an interception as the offense approached for another score.
All three quarterbacks looked to have their equal shot as no starter has been named yet. They each displayed their individual skill sets and showed big play ability. Collectively, there were some missed throws that had potential for big plays. Manley looked more mobile and didn’t hesitate to leave the pocket when being pressured. McDonald made some nice throws on the run and Colwell was able to grab some first downs with his feet.
Special teams were incorporated between series and after touchdowns. Kicker, Maxwell Johnson connected on a couple long kicks, but also had some misses and one that was tipped by Darien Johnson rushing off the edge on the field goal block unit. Punter, Cayle Chapman-Brown blasted almost every punt he kicked showing consistency throughout spring ball.
The scrimmage ended in multiple 2-minute drive situations. Back-to-back sacks by defensive ends Nick Oliva and Willie Mobley ignited the defense as they finished the scrimmage strong. Two nice interceptions from cornerbacks Cameron Fuller and Kedeem Thomas-Davis contributed to the defensive highlights. Manley was able to lead a nice drive that set up a ‘mock’ game-ending field goal attempt to conclude the scrimmage.
Overall, every position group throughout practice displayed big playability. The Aggies look to end spring ball on a high-note heading into the offseason with only two practices remaining before the team takes the field for their first night spring game in years.
Start time for the spring game will be 6p.m. next Saturday, May 4th and admission is free to the public. Reminder that the football team will hold a free kids clinic that same day at 10 a.m. in the stadium. #NMStateFootball