I want to come out and say I think the Aggies should start Andrew Manley the remainder of the season.
The team got a win, so they got that taken care of. Will they be able to win a few more games this year? I think they can win one or two more. Will it matter if it’s Manley or Matt Christian starting under center? Judging from how Manley threw the ball last Saturday — I know it was a small sample size, two passes — but I still don’t think so.
I think it will be a valuable experience for him to start. Manley is the future of the Aggie program.
Here’s the thing with Andrew, though. He’s going to throw interceptions. And he’s going to be up and down.
And lets not mistake last Saturday’s game. The Lobos are a terrible team. The only program comparable to UNM the rest of the way on NMSU’s schedule is San Jose State. So it will be tough sledding for Manley if he does start from here on out.
But he showed exactly what you want in a pressure situation — poise, confidence and no fear. And he’s got a nice arm — he zipped that pass down to Marcus Allen inside the 10-yard line to set up the winning field goal.
I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Manley since fall practice. My opinions didn’t change the other night.