It seems that the Aggies have lost an experienced offensive lineman.
Junior Chuck Taylor said he was transferring from NMSU. Chuck, a 6-foot-3, 345-pound guard, came to the Aggie program two years ago and saw the field right off the bat. The old coaching staff was high on Taylor when they recruited him and made every effort to get him some playing time from Week 1 of his first season. He started 25 straight games for NMSU, including every game last year which should be considered an accomplishment considering how banged up the team was along the offensive line.
I think any time you lose a durable starter along the offensive line, it's a big deal. You knew what you were getting with Chuck. It also hurts the team depth-wise. Players inevitably get hurt — we all saw it last year along this very same unit. Still, if there is one area of the Aggies that goes pretty deep this season, the offensive line would be it.
The team still has Kyle Smith, Mike Grady, Joel Buschmann, Patrick Blount and Joe Suder. The team also added JC transfer Dwayne Barton. If the unit stays healthy, which is a big “if” in football, they should hold up fine.