Just got off the phone with Aggie offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar.
Dunbar said he started his new job on Feb. 16 and has already gotten into the film room and began evaluating his players.
“I've watched film on every returning player. Every one at every position,” Dunbar said. “I've been able to get a decent feel for what was done. And I also have a feel as to what we will become.”
Dunbar talked about schemes and what he will try to bring to the Aggie offense. Last year, NMSU struggled badly with the football in hand, finishing near the bottom in the NCAA in most offensive categories, including last in scoring offense — No. 120 — averaging 11.46 points per game.
“We'd like to spread the field, stretch the field,” Dunbar said. “We'll have multiple formations and work on the tempo aspects of our game. We will huddle, but we will also run no huddle. Unpredictability for an offense is the key to scheming against a defense. It's about finding a balance by keeping the defense off balance.”
With that being said, while Dunbar has much experience working with the spread formation, he said he will cater to what the Aggie personnel calls for. Sometimes the team will stretch the field, while other times NMSU could be seen in a two-back, power set.
“Our goal here will be to take advantage of our personnel,” Dunbar said. “You'll see elements of both (spread offense and power offense).”
The Aggies will open spring practice with open competition at just about every offensive position as Dunbar tries to evaluate what he has to work with.
“We've looked at it and discussed it as a staff,” Dunbar said. “I've told the kids — those that I've had a chance to speak with at this point — that it will be an open competition. We're looking to move forward and establish our identity as an offense.”
Dunbar has a long resume, one which includes holding offensive coordinator positions at Minnesota (2007-08), California (2006), Northwestern (2002-05) and Toledo (1992-93).
He compared the situation at NMSU — a struggling program, one which needs a jolt offensively — to the job he took over at Northwestern, as well as the head coaching position he held at Central Washington University from 1987-91.
“We're striving for improvement within the program,” Dunbar said. “I look forward to helping coach Walker and the staff get the team to where we want it to be.”
Walker replied in a text message that the Aggies still have not hired a running backs coach at this point and time.
“Not yet,” Walker wrote.
From what I've gathered, they have someone in mind and are waiting approval from the school. Why is this taking so long?
ESPN did a piece on Aggie football. Here's the link....