LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State football team saw its first spring under new head coach DeWayne Walker come to a close Saturday night with the annual Spring Game sponsored by Wells Fargo in Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies scrimmaged for two hours and ran about 100 plays, seeing good things from both the offense and defense.
Walker said that he was really impressed with the way his defense performed and was excited at the progress that he saw overall throughout spring practices.
“It was good to see the defense score some touchdowns today,” Walker said. “I thought the running game can really make big plays at anytime and those two things are something we really focused on this spring. The passing game will develop and I have all the confidence in coach (Timm) Rosenbach and his staff.”
NM State’s defense had the upper hand for most of the scrimmage, as they had six sacks and scored two defensive touchdowns. Those touchdowns came from a fumble return by junior Alphonso Powell and an interception return by sophomore Ben Bradley.
Sophomore defensive back Michael Zant had a team-high nine tackles on the night while Stephon Hatchett and Ross Conner each had eight tackles. Sophomore defensive end Donte Savage had two of the six sacks.
The Aggie offense scored four touchdowns, all on the ground and added four field goals. In a big change from years past, the offense focused mainly on running the ball. 260 of NM State’s 315 yards of total offense came on the ground.
Senior Tonny Glynn had 85 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown. Junior Seth Smith added 75 on a team-high 19 carries with one touchdown and sophomore Donavan Roberts had one three-yard TD run.
Quarterbacks Jeff Fleming and Trevor Walls directed the Aggie offense, but neither one of the two really stood out from the other. Walls did add a 59-yard touchdown run on a scramble. Junior tight end Kyle Nelson caught a team-high five passes for 35 yards.
The defense controlled the first part of the scrimmage, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the first five drives. Powell scored the first defensive TD on a 23-yard fumble return and Bradley returned a 42-yard interception to the house.
NM State’s offensive got it going after Bradley’s interception return. Walls avoided the rush on a bootleg and scampered 59 yards down the sideline for the first offensive score on the evening.
Aside from Smith’s 18-yard run early in the scrimmage, Tonny Glynn dashed 51-yards up the middle on the 10th drive for the first big play by running back. Glynn accounted for all 60 yards on the drive and capped it off with a one-yard touchdown run.
Aggie kickers Jordan Davenport, Kyle Hughes and Colin Lund all chipped in with field goals and the three combined to go 4-for-4 in their attempts. Lund had the longest of the three with a 37-yarder.
Following the scrimmage, the Aggies signed autographs for the fans in attendance.
New Mexico State now heads into the offseason and will begin preparation in the fall for the 2009 season opener at home against Idaho on Sept. 5.