I don't see how the Aggies cannot start Trevor Walls this weekend against the Utah State.
The passing game has been more effective with him as the starting quarterback. Look at the San Diego State game, prior to Walls entering and after he came into the contest.
Once Walls got his opportunity, the Aggies saw their receivers become a part of the passing game downfield. Walls hit Todd Lee for a couple big gains, both coming on third down, one for a touchdown. Marcus Allen caught a ball 15-plus yards downfield. The team converted on a couple of third-and-longs.
Jeff Fleming can still be a part of the team as well. Fleming is a very good athlete who can still take snaps from under center. One thing Fleming brings to the table is mobility. Walls will get sacked more, there is no doubt. When Fleming was inserted against the Lobos, he was a change of pace back there and was able to help the offensive line with his legs. And no one can take away the play he made in that game, the winning touchdown throw. He kept his composure on the final drive of that contest. His performance there, it cannot be overlooked.
I think Fleming could be utilized throughout the offense - sometimes at quarterback, as a threat in a wildcat formation or even in the slot from time to time. I really didn't have a problem with both getting a shot last week against San Diego State. Both and Fleming and Walls both deserved chances this past weekend.
Still, I would like to see Walls get the majority of snaps in Week 6 again. He proved, once again, that he can handle the responsibilities of being the quarterback of this team.
Seth Smith has also gotten a ton of carries so far this season.
Marquell Colston and Tonny Glynn are still sitting there. They could be utilized more, particularly Glynn, who is also good as a receiver out of the backfield.
Smith will continue to be the featured back and the Aggies should stick to being a run-first team. But you don't want him wearing down. And part of being a run-oriented team is having different styles to throw at the opposition.
NMSU's defense has been better this year - a lot better.
The Aztecs really didn't put much together on Saturday - they scored on a Smith fumble and got good field position on a botched punt and a Walls interception.
NMSU could still defend the run better - the team gives up 4.7 yards per carry. They'll get a stiff test this weekend in Utah State running back Ryan Turbin, who's averaing 7.0 yards a carry with three TDs and a long run of 96 yards on the season.