Some key areas on the NMSU football team would be devastated if injuries hit or players are forced to miss time for an extended period.
Just about every unit on defense would be crushed by injuries. The linebackers need to stay healthy as does the secondary. If people start dropping, the talent falls off quickly. Also, many young players are backups and will need to be eased into roles. A depleted group would throw those players into the fire too quickly.
Obviously, an injury to Chase Holbrook would cripple the Aggies’ season. Better protection is a must. He can’t be sacked 40 times again this year. Granted, when you pass that many times you’ll be put on the ground. But he needs better protection. Alex Gibson looked good in the spring, but he’s done for the year with a torn ACL. And J.J. McDermott might be talented. But he’s a freshman.
With that being said, the O-line will have to stay fresh.
Running backs and receivers actually go relatively deep. And though the defensive line isn’t supremely talented, there will be a rotation in place. Those areas seem all right in terms of numbers.