Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NMSU position previews: running backs

(Photo of Tiger Powell by Robin Zielinski/Sun-News)

This summer, we preview each position on the New Mexico State football team throughout training camp and leading up to the season. We continue the series today, by looking at the Aggie running backs:

Can the Aggies run the football effectively in a downhill rushing attack?

They do have numbers at the position and figure to try and establish the ground game more this year.

Robert Clay returns for his senior season, and the team is high on incoming junior college transfer Tiger Powell — essentially, a bigger version of Clay.

Akeelie Mustafa has good moves and a nice pair of hands — while he might not bring the same production as Kenny Turner did a season ago, he hopes to provide big-play potential outside the tackles.

After sitting out last season with a foot injury, Germi Morrison is expected to suit up for NMSU, a year after coming to Las Cruces from LA Valley College.

There is competition here in this training camp battle, and it will be interesting to see how it shake out.

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Anonymous said...

NMSU has not had a premier RB since, the great Denvis Manns (4x 1,00 yd rusher) suited up for us in the mid 90's.

No offense but, none of these guys are on the same page as Denvis.

I hope the new OC realizes this will be a "RB by committee", in order to have some success.
Injuries happen and RB's get grinded down during the season.

Seems like we have a good bunch. You can't use all of them at the same time but, you can use them thru out the game/ season.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the Bentancourt kid from Mayfield??

Teddy said...

Brandon Betancourt has been moved to slot receiver

Anonymous said...

So will we be mainly using a fullback or a single back in the backfield?

Whatever the case, someone needs to hit the hole hard and pick up that blitz!

Speaking of RB's. Did Kenny Turner sign with anyone?

Anonymous said...

I just heard a report that U. of Idaho will be moving to the Big Sky for all sports & Independent for Football.

The big question is, why is NMSU waiting so long to pull the trigger, again?

Anonymous said...

Idaho is leaving the WAC headed to Big Sky.Don't forget to turn out the lights when you leave.