One thing that must be monitored this year is the health of quarterback Chase Holbrook.
Chase is a tough kid who plays hurt. But the bottom line is that the “Air-Raid” asks him to drop back a lot and he gets hit a lot. Holbrook has missed chunks of the past two seasons and him playing in all 12 games this year seems unlikely. Football players get banged up, particularly quarterbacks who drop back 50-70 times a game.
The offensive line was a bright spot last season and assistant coach Mason Miller will have to work his magic again with this unit. Gone are last year's starting tackles Mike Martinez and James Farrelly. Both played well in 2007 and replacing them can not be overlooked as a top priority as Week 1 approaches. Ask any offensive lineman and they will tell you they would rather run block than pass protect. NMSU's unit doesn't have much of an option, as the offense revolves around throwing the ball.
If Chase does go down, J.J. McDermott would get the call. His most significant action last year was at Louisiana Tech and he threw the ball well that night. But make no mistake. Chase is the leader of the Aggies and needs to be on the field in his senior year. Keeping him upright and healthy is a top priority.