Donte Savage and Augafa Vaaulu will likely not play this year because of academic ineligibility.
It goes without being said that these are big losses.
The Aggies need bodies — productive bodies — on their defensive line and Savage and Vaaulu could have been that.
Savage was a senior who was hoping for a bounce-back year after a three-sack performance a season ago and Vaaulu was expected to contribute on the defensive line. He was a promising freshman last season.
NMSU needs good play up front — we all know this — and depth is critical during a year where the team has 13 games on its schedule. Now other players will have to step up, but these are two losses without a doubt.