The reason a 3-4 scheme would seem to work at NMSU is because it can be hard to get quality defensive linemen at the school.
The 3-4 — which features three down-linemen and four linebackers — would ask the Aggies to get big, tough pluggers along the defensive line and good athletes at outside linebacker.
NMSU has run a 4-3 the last three years — four linemen, three linebackers.
It should be pointed out that NMSU ran a 3-4 under defensive coordinator Woody Widenhofer a few years back and than a 3-3-5 under Joe Lee Dunn in 2008 — and weren’t particularly successful doing either.
Head coach DeWayne Walker said he wanted his new defensive coordinator to be multiple in approach.
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