Saturday, August 25, 2012

Aggie position previews: wide receivers

(Aggie wide receiver Kemonte Bateman returns as a senior starter/Photo by Robin Zielinski)

We preview each position on the New Mexico State football team throughout training camp and leading up to the season. The series continues today with a look at the Aggie wide receivers:

Health will be key here (really, which position that pertains to Aggie football does that not ring true?).

But seriously, the team has two go-to receivers in the passing game in Austin Franklin and Kemonte Bateman and if both are in tact and on the field, the remaining unit should fall into place.

Jerrel Brown is a sleeper player to watch this year for NMSU, a walk-on in 2011 who was granted a scholarship during the offseason. He plays all three receiver positions (both strongside and weakside wideouts as well as slot) and has shown good size and athleticism during camp. From what we see, Brown is a legit No. 3 player here, possibly more.

The team also likes Joseph Mathews, standing tall at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and a possible target over the middle. Kevan Walker — son of head coach DeWayne — suffered a knee injury during camp although will try to play on it once the schedule starts.

The tight end position was recruited to, and therefor has numbers to it. Trevor Walls looks like a monster (6-foot-5, between 255 and 260 pounds) and Mt. San Jacinto transfer Perris Scoggins brings a physical presence himself (6-foot-3, 250). David Quiroga is an H-back type who's part of this core group.

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