Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team held its second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday morning at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Both the offense and defense had several highlights on the day.
Head Coach DeWayne Walker was pleased with what he saw on both sides of the ball.
Defensively, the Aggies dominated on the negative side of the field, holding the Aggie offense to several 3-and-out drives. Safety Donyae Coleman would intercept quarterback Matt Christian’s first pass of the scrimmage, while the defensive line and linebacker corps held the running game at bay.
When NM State moved the ball to the plus side of the field the offense took over, scoring multiple touchdowns on the ground and through the air. Tight end Kyle Nelson caught the first touchdown reception of the scrimmage on a 20-yard pass from Christian. Nelson would then catch two more touchdown passes of 15 yards and eight yards. Running back Seth Smith broke a 40-yard touchdown run and later scored on a 5-yard touchdown run up the middle. Fullback Brandon Perez also got into the mix with a 15-yard touchdown scamper, while Terrell Dolberry tiptoed his way into the end zone on a 14-yard carry. Wide receiver Marcus Williams also found himself on the scoring end of a Tanner Rust pass.
Field goal kicking was also a bright spot for the Aggies during scrimmage number two, as Tyler Stampler nailed a 40-yard and 35-yard field goal. Zach Diaz also hit a 30-yard field goal as well.
In the final part of the scrimmage, the Aggies ran the two-minute drill. Defensive back Darien Johnson intercepted a Rust pass to lead the defense. Rust then marched the Aggies right back and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kenonte Howard to end the scrimmage.
The Aggies will be back on the field Sunday afternoon in helmets beginning at 4 p.m. and will then have Monday off before hitting the practice field again on Tuesday at 3:50 p.m.