Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bye week comes at good time for Aggies

Here’s why:

• The team can get healthy — Taveon Rogers (hip/tailbone), Robert Clay (shoulder), Alexander LaVoy (broken foot) and B.J. Adolpho (ankle) all could use the week off.

Head coach DeWayne Walker originally said LaVoy could be out three-to-four weeks but that could be optimistic. As for Adolpho, Walker said the team hopes to get him back for Idaho.

• The bye comes at the right time of the schedule — just before the midway point before a big home game against Idaho. The first five games for the Aggies were tough from a mental and emotional standpoint — season opener, a road BCS game, the conference opener and two rivalry games. The off week can give them a chance to recharge and catch their breath.

On paper, the second half of the schedule looks harder and the Idaho game is big — the Aggies can get momentum with a win that would bring them back to 3-3 on the year. Now, they have two weeks to prepare the Vandals on a high note after thrashing UNM last weekend

• In recent history the Aggie bye week hasn’t come at a good time.

Last year the team didn’t even have a bye — their off week came Week 1 and they played 12-straight games.

In 2008 it was the same thing — remember the Aggies’ Week 1 game against Nicholls State was cancelled because of Hurricane Gustav hitting the Gulf Coast and NMSU had to reschedule a game against Alcorn State for later in the year, during what was supposed to be their bye.

And the 2007 campaign saw NMSU’s bye come the second-to-last week of the season — it didn’t do a whole lot.

This year’s off week comes at a much better time — when the Aggies could actually use it.

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Anonymous said...

I remember those bye weeks. It really took it's toll on the team.
I really like the timing of this bye week.

On the previous post I was giving a ton of props to Coach Martin for making changes to the offense to suit his players strengths.

However, these group of players are an unselfish bunch:
1). Walls went from QB to TE.
2). Fakalata was a guard/ center/ benched for a game and now back at guard.
3). Christian waited patiently for his chance at QB
4). Robert Clay was special teams player and played his way up
5). Kenny Turner went from RB to WR and back to RB

I'm sure there are more unselfish guys on the team.
If they don't swallow their pride and become team players, we could easily be 0-5.

There's no "I" on this TEAM!


Anonymous said...

Hope they rest up and prepare to win some more games.

There's no "G" in team...or "R" for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Teddy what upsets me is how much the sports writers around the nation are dissing Clay bad, saying he ant good and is a bust, They forgot about the Minnesota Game. Also with Christian in the offense is balanced and defenses are on there toes.With Manley all the teams knew when we would run the ball cause he was under center and when we threw the ball he was in shotgun formation.with Christian he can run and throw and Manley couldn't run worth a damn so this is why Turner has been great i can remember when Manley was Qb turner didn't do crap. I've seen Clay he is a hell of a back and has a lot of potential. With Christian in now I think Turner and Clay will be a great combo to stop now with Christian giving them many looks and he's a winner and tough kid.

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