The New Mexico State football media guide has been released. Click here to view this year’s guide online.
The depth chart is on Page 6 and one thing stood out — on the defensive side of the ball.
With head coach DeWayne Walker entering his third season, many of his recruits look to play bigger roles on this year’s defense.
Stephen Meredith is listed as a starter at defensive end, a raw and athletic freshman. Sean Brown is listed as backup defensive end.
Walter Taumoepeau, David Mahoney and Augafa Vaaulu are all in the tackle rotation.
At linebacker, sophomore Anthony Joyner and Dylan Davis are listed on the two-deep as is Alexander LaVoy. I believe all three will have to make an impact at their positions.
And three of the four listed starters in the secondary — sophomore Darien Johnson and safeties George Callender and Donyae Coleman — have been recruited by the current coaching staff.
For the Aggies to be better there defense will have to be the backbone of the team. It will start up front — on the defensive line and at linebacker. The front-seven is going to have to play better than a season ago. Mahoney will have to play better along with Pierre Fils and Donte Savage. The Aggies need a better pass rush and have to be able to beat one-on-one blocking up front.
I think at linebacker that LaVoy will push for a starting job and that B.J. Adolpho has the potential to be an impact player on the defense. And, again, it would be nice to see Joyner and Davis play well.
I think it takes longer to build a quality defense and it will continue to take time. But as the coaching staff enters its third year the personnel continues to fill out.
And, yes, I will continue to break down the depth chart in the coming days.