Spoke with NMSU offensive coordinator Timm Rosenbach Wednesday.
I asked him what he thought about the running game last weekend. He said that he thought there were some flashes of good play from the position but that, on 33 carries, he'd like more production than the 107 yards gained from scrimmage.
Don't be surprised to see a little more of Seth Smith this week at running back. Seth came in during the fourth quarter last week and pounded his way for yardage - four carries, 17 yards. Still, Rosenbach likes his other backs as well and said that while the team would like to get Smith more touches, much of that will be dictated by course of the game this Saturday.
I also spoke to Rosenbach about the play of Jeff Fleming. The offensive coordinator said that it was similar to the backs, some good things and some mistakes. Rosenbach said that the No. 1 point of improvement he wanted to see from Fleming was in redzone efficiency, an area of struggle for the Aggies against Idaho.
I spoke with Fleming as well. He said that the one lesson he learned this week was the value of protecting the football. NMSU committed three turnovers against the Vandals, with two coming from inside the opposing 20.
Coach Walker said something about Fleming that made a lot of sense. Statistically, Fleming played well. 21-of-33 pass completions - over 60 percent completion percentage - 230 yards and an interception. He also was mobile, making a few plays with his legs.
Still, while Walker pointed out Fleming's performance, the head coach wants to see more out of Fleming in terms of game management and leadership. He said that's half the battle as a quarterback, leading the troops.
I believe quarterback is a deceiving position. You want a football player back there first and foremost. And the No. 1 number is wins.
Lots of frustration on the board, some from me and a lot from our posters.
It's still early folks. The Idaho loss was disappointing, but it was only Week 1.
Everyone knew coming into the year, this team was a work in progress. Actually, I think some did and some are unrealistic. I had a neighbor come out and say the other day that he thought the team would win all of its home games and go to a bowl. I told hims straight out, that isn't going to happen. But he believed it. This is a classic example of setting yourself up for disappointment.
I predicted at the beginning of the year that NMSU would win four games. This isn't some crazy call that the team is going to challenge for a WAC title. This was realistic, yet in my eyes fair and attainable. I had them beating Idaho - which they obviously didn't - but I'm going to stick by my original call. I still think they can pull off four W's. And if they do, in my eyes, that would be a great season.