One sure fire way to tell when you have got the right trail boss is the caliber of the riders and wranglers he has around the campfire. New Mexico State football head coach DeWayne Walker has chosen some trail hands that have done it as players and as coaches in the major college and professional ranks. That is a good sign when all of the men involved have the credentials and experience to do the job.
Take for instance Walker’s choice for linebackers coach, Dale Lindsey. He played for nine years in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and has coached with seven different NFL teams. It is one thing to have the theory but to have used the practical application is a mighty big plus when molding a defense. Speaking of experience at the top level, offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach was a heralded college quarterback at Washington State. He returned to his alma mater as the school’s offensive coordinator prior to coming south to the Mesilla Valley. In between, Rosenbach also toiled in the NFL for the Cardinals out of college.
A Pac-10 alliance has been brought to the Walker staff from three different schools. Coaching the secondary is R. Todd Littlejohn from California, a program that has consistently been in the top 25. He will be assisted by former UCLA staffer Mike Rutenberg. Keith Murphy who played his football in the Pac-10 at Washington joins the crew coaching receivers. Littlejohn and Rutenberg have a big task with the NM State secondary. In a passing league like the WAC, you want a coach with experience at the top level. Murphy comes from the successful Eastern Washington staff. He will handle receivers and special teams here, and was the receiver coach for the Eagles as well.
Jesse Williams will handle the defensive line bringin’ more than 20 years of coaching experience to the table. He was on Sonny Lubick’s highly successful staff at Colorado State. He is coming from the football rich country of Nebraska off of the Nebraska-Kearney staff. Walker did a little poaching and snagged Jason Lenzmeier from New Mexico to tutor the offensive line duties.
The familiar face you’ll see on the staff belongs to Earnest Wilson who will tutor the running backs. Wilson was the man who held the fort till Walker brought the cavalry into town. Wilson helped to link the recruiting thread that Walker and staff will be finishing off this week. It’s a staff with a pedigree and a Ph.D. in football and that’s why ole Pete is seeing the fortunes improving at NM State.