The NMSU kicking game has been wildly inconsistent the last couple of years. The question now is, will that change?
The key for this whole thing to work will be Kyle Hughes, who was academically ineligible last season. Hughes was connecting well the other day in practice. He was knocking balls inside the 5-yard line on kickoffs. Last year, the team gave the opposition the ball on the 35 or 40, it seemed, on every possession. Little squib dump kicks that went nowhere. My Lord, what a painful experience that was last season. Watching that kicking game wallow in mediocrity.
Well, Hughes could make a difference. I spoke with NMSU golfer Travis Reid who is actually trying out for the NMSU football team as a kicker as well. I asked Reid about Hughes and his exact words were, "that guy's awesome." In other words, Hughes can boot the ball with accuracy as well as deep. There are still questions as to whether he will be the full-time kickoff man but I don't think there will be a question as far as field goals are concerned. Hopefully, he will have his head screwed on straight and booting balls come September.
As for the defense, people want to know about how things are coming along. Again, I've been to two practices. One, the defense looked a little behind the learning curve, but what do you expect? This team is trying to learn a new system and a drastically different one at that. The other practice I went to, Dunn was running them ragid. The best way to find out how the defense is doing? Go to the scrimmage on Saturday and see for yourself. Or check back in here afterwords and I can fill you in. Whatever works best for you, the readers