Thursday, August 9, 2012
NMSU summer position previews: quarterback
A huge key for to the Aggies season will be their production offensively, and with that being said, protecting quarterback Andrew Manley (pictured) figures to play a major factor.
Last year saw Manley get hurt at the end of the Aggies Week 3 game against UTEP — he was knocked out for the season with a full tear of the ACL and partial tear of the MCL in his right knee. Manley remains a sophomore — he was granted a medical redshirt — and, if given the time, has shown he can be a difference maker for the team's offense.
That's the key though — providing him adequate protection — as last year NMSU put him in too many seven-step drops early in the season, and the offensive line struggled to hold up protecting the drop-back thrower, albeit with limited mobility.
With that being said, Manley could also do himself a favor by improving his decision making, and getting rid of the ball faster.
Behind Manley is junior college transfer Andrew McDonald, along with sophomore Travaughn Colwell. McDonald put up good numbers at Santa Ana College, and could be in the mold of last year's starting QB Matt Christian.
Colwell showed promise a season ago, although is also a player who could be a redshirt candidate in 2012 if things unfold accordingly.
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