LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State football team held their first scrimmage of spring practice Thursday afternoon at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies’ defense started the scrimmage off hot, stopping the offensive attack with relentless pursuit to the ball and good tackling. But as the scrimmage progressed, the Aggies’ offensive fell into a good rhythm and put together several scoring drives.
“It was a physical day and I thought the defense started off strong,” head coach DeWayne Walker said. “But as the scrimmage went on the offense started to find their rhythm and played well. Usually the defense is a little ahead of the offense at this time of year but I feel like we are progressing on both sides of the ball. Overall I was pleased with the effort and the scrimmage as a whole.”
Offensively, red shirt freshman quarterback Trevor Walls led the way with 117 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-28 passing. Walls also scrambled for one touchdown, rushing for 10 yards on the day. Junior quarterback Jeff Fleming tallied 66 yards thru the air, adding a touchdown on 7-of-26 passing.
The running game was a major point for NM State in the spring and that showed in the first scrimmage. Senior Tonny Glynn ran for 71 yards on 10 attempts, including a 40-yard touchdown run. Senior running back Marquell Colston also had a solid day with 69 yards rushing on seven carries and a 15-yard touchdown run.
Junior Tight end Kyle Nelson led the way for the receiving corps with five catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns, followed by senior Marcus Anderson, who also caught five passes for 30 yards. Sophomore Todd Lee and sophomore Julius Fleming each tallied 25 yards receiving, as Lee’s only catch was for a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Aggies recorded six sacks, seven pass break-ups and an interception. Junior defensive back Alphonso Powell had a team-high five tackles, followed by senior Chris Buckner, senior Ross Conner and red shirt freshman Dawan Nolton each with four a piece. Defensive linemen Ka’ua Adolpho and sophomore Donte Savage each recorded two sacks each, while red shirt sophomore defensive back Jonte Green grabbed the Aggies lone interception.
The Aggies will be back on the practice field on Monday, April 13th at 4:00 p.m.