Thursday, April 19, 2012
DeWayne Walker: ‘Manley's our starter’
It's not a surprise.
The fact that quarterback Andrew Manley will be the Aggies starter in 2012 barring full health.
He's proven he can play and get the ball downfield when given the time.
“Manley's our starter,” NMSU head coach DeWayne Walker said following Thursday's spring football practice.
The question remains, who will be Manley's backup?
It could stand to reason that the team would like to redshirt sophomore Travaughn Colwell, considering he has a longer shelf life than junior college transfer Andrew McDonald.
That, and Colwell could use a year to learn the nuances of the position.
The more I think about it, the more I believe a player or two will emerge at the wide receiver position.
Austin Franklin looked good as a freshman last year and Kemonte Bateman has some big-play potential.
There are other possible players as well — Marcus Williams, Kevan Walker, Joseph Mathews and Adam Shapiro.
That, and I have faith in position coach R. Todd Littlejohn to make it work with the unit.
Back to the running back position very quickly.
Robert Clay is a proven tough runner, and the team likes what it's getting from incoming player Lavoris Powell.
One thing the Aggies could use out of the backfield is a big-play threat outside the tackles.
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