Friday, September 28, 2012

Five keys to Aggies vs. UTSA game

Win: We’ve been saying this the last two weeks so why stop now? The Aggies can’t afford to lose against Texas-San Antonio, a second-year program that will come out for this game fired up. The Aggies are clinging to any hope of having a respectable record this season, although a loss to UTSA would dash such promise even more.

The aggressors: The past two weeks against UTEP and New Mexico, it seemed like the Aggies were on their heels. Against the Miners it was a defense that gave up 20 points in the first quarter while providing the wide receivers a sizable cushion on the outside. Last week playing New Mexico, the Aggie offense didn’t adequately attack the Lobos suspect secondary in the passing game. NMSU can’t afford to take a passive approach against the Roadrunners. It’s about coming out swinging and establishing the tone right out the gate.

Discipline vs. the speed-option: Last week New Mexico had success running the speed-option against the Aggie defense. Texas-San Antonio has a lot of versatility in their offensive package, with the speed-option being one of the Roadrunners wrinkles in the playbook. Will they take note of NMSU’s defensive performance a week ago? One thing that needs to improve for the Aggies is their tackling. Simply put, NMSU defenders need to wrap up and bring down the ball carrier.

Adjustments: Offensively the Aggies have become predictable — they can’t run the ball between the tackles, struggle to throw short to intermediate and are reliant on the deep pass. Changing their approach — and in turn this scouting report — would serve them well. Defensively, NMSU was supposed to be improved in 2012, but haven’t made many strides since last season. Again, the Aggies have been in a funk for over two weeks. Making quality adjustments on both sides of the ball would be a welcome move going into this weekend’s game.

Finishing drives: It seems like when the Aggie offense starts building momentum, they shoot themselves in the foot. Whether it be a fumbled football or a false-start penalty, NMSU needs to correct such mistakes and play a clean game this weekend. When they have an opportunity, cash in.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It seems NMSU keeps getting worse by the week.
Sad to say but, I say UTSA wins a close one.