James Hall Jr. has been moved to wide receiver this spring as the Aggies hope they can utilize him in the passing game.
Hall, a graduate of Las Cruces High School, redshirted last season as a running back. NMSU returns Seth Smith to the backfield, along with Robert Clay and greyshirt running back Marquese Dunn. The Aggies will also bring in Kenny Turner this fall who is expected to compete for playing time in the backfield.
Hall has been moved to WR, where Walker said he believes he will be a good fit.
"He's a high-IQ player who we need to get out on the field," Walker said. "We think he'll be a good fit there."
The Aggies also made a personnel move on the defensive side of the ball, moving Frank Padilla to strongside linebacker where he is expected to start.
Padilla, a senior transfer from College of the Sequoias, was backing up Boyblue Aoelua at middle linebacker at the outset of spring practice. He will now be moved above Kenny Evora and Bryan Bonilla on the depth chart at the Sam position.
B.J. Adolpho remains at the weakside spot.
Walker said that NMSU will give Dylan Davis and Anthony Joyner a chance to compete for a backup position with the team in the fall. Davis and Jordan are both true freshmen who will suit up for the Aggies in August training camp. Walker said it is not a given that either will redshirt.