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2012 New Mexico State Preview
Posted Jul 27, 2012 2012 Preview - New Mexico State Aggies


Offense: The New Mexico State offense started to find something last year with the passing game. New offensive coordinator Jerry McManus will keep the bombing going, and while the offense had to throw to try to make up for problems on defense, it should be even more efficient and more consistent. QB Andrew Manley is back after getting knocked out early last year, and even though the top three pass catchers are gone, the deep passes should be there with a good-looking group ready to shine. The running game has a slew of quick backs who can all catch, but they need more room to run behind a line that struggled in pass protection. The attack should crank out around 400 yards per game again, but don’t expect much balance. It’ll be Manley or bust.
Defense: New defensive coordinator David Elson has a lot of work to do. The defense finished 112th in the nation in both yards and points allowed, mostly because the front seven couldn’t get behind the line and couldn’t make enough plays against the run. Enough veterans return to combine with a slew of JUCO transfers to hope for a little bit of improvement, but the D needs playmakers to come forward immediately. The front four is quick and active, and the linebacking corps has potential, but they have to cut down on the leaks so the secondary doesn’t have to make all the plays again. A ball-hawking defensive back has to emerge early on.