NMSU lost no players of major significance due to grades.
Kyle Hughes’ loss hurts a bit but it was pretty much expected that he wouldn’t be around. The program had four new kickers at camp this summer. You don’t bring in four new faces unless you know something’s up. Time will tell on this one. If the kicking game is miserable again, people will point to the kid they brought in who never booted the ball for the team. But if FG’s aren’t a problem in ’07, then no one will worry about it.
Barry Huntley was having a decent spring but that’s also because Chris Buckner was struggling and the Aggies needed someone to push him. Huntley performed pretty well. But both of them were passed on the depth chart by freshmen in Gallup. I’m sure the staff knew about Huntley’s academics and made sure to get the newcomers some extra looks last week.
As for the other two, Leeds and Dowling, they never played with NMSU anyway. It seems like a marginal loss at worst. The core remains in place.