According to Aggie football head coach DeWayne Walker, safety Stephon Hatchett will not practice with the team the remainder of the spring to focus on academics.
Hatchett, the team's third leading tackler last year with 98 takedowns, began spring practices behind Ben Bradley on the depth chart. Walker mentioned last week that Hatchett had some academic problems during the offseason.
Obviously this is a good move for the Aggies. Does spring practice make a huge difference? Not for a player who started every game last season in the same defensive system that will be ran in 2010. And NMSU doesn't have the depth to lose any key players to academics. Hatchett needs to get his act in order, and this allows him opportunity.