Wide receiver Todd Lee sat out of practice on Thursday with an injured shoulder.
Coach DeWayne Walker said that Lee would be a gametime decision.
Lee has been the Aggies' most consistent receiver this season and if he doesn't play, it will not help against the Lobos.
One thing this could do is open the door for Darrius Preston to get onto the field. I thought highly of Preston during training camp but he has tailed off.
"He started hot but has simmered down," Walker said. "He's a young player who is still growing."
Preston is a redshirt freshman. He has the talent and it was apparent in August.
I also spoke with Walker about Marcus Allen, who had a big first game and has since disappeared. And I mean it. Allen made all of his plays (five catches, 82 yards) in the first game of the season. He's made zero receptions since.
"We gotta get the ball to him," Walker said. "If the passing game struggles, he'll struggle."
Allen has to step up this weekend.
Trevor Walls: I spoke with Trevor about how the quarterback competition was going.
He said that he's been splitting all the first-team snaps with Jeff Fleming so far in practice, although he added that's not unusual during a regular week of practice.
"It would mean a lot," Walls said when asked about playing. "It's about the team first. We're getting an equal opportunity and the best man will get his shot."
Timm Rosenbach: Rosenbach, NMSU's offensive coordinator, will move from the upstairs booth this Saturday, where he has been stationed all season long during games, down to the field.
Walker said Rosenbach wants to be in closer communication with the Aggie quarterbacks and believes being on the sideline will help.
Jason Lenzmeier: Lenzmeier was a very good lineman for the Lobos and eventually coached with them under Rocky Long. Long left the program and, boom, Lenzmeier was gone too.
He was the only coach on the current Aggie staff that came to NMSU without any connections. A straight interview and he got the job.
Being a former Lobo, we talked about the rivalry.
TF: What do you think about the game coming up?
JL: We play at Saturday, 8 o'clock.
TF: Do you have any extra feeling or emotion going into the game?
JL: It's just another game for me. It's a rivalry game between New Mexico State and New Mexico.
TF: Will it be strange dressing in the visitor's locker room or warming up on the visitor's side?
JL: No. I've done it before during a spring scrimmage. I just gotta coach and my guys' got to compete."
This guy isn't giving me anything. I asked him about how he felt the line has played this year.
"The guys have been playing hard. That's what I ask for. Go in and play hard and tough. We've had some injuries, we've had to shuffle some guys around a little bit."
And on the loss of right tackle David Norman, who's sidelined for a handful of weeks with an injured knee.
"You don't make up the leadership that Norman brings to the field," Lenzmeier said. "(Joe) Suder came in and played well. He played hard."
The offensive line has committed some penalties that have hurt the team here and there, but a line is going to hold every once in a while. It's been the timeliness of the penalties that have hurt more than anything else.
I think overall the group has played pretty well and will continue to get better. Lenzmeier has coached them up.