Head Coach Gary Andersen came to town, the outlook for
Borel completed 214-of-366 passes for 2,885 yards and 17 touchdowns, and also
ran for 458 yards and six scores.
Jeff Fischer (5-11, 195) completed 64% of his passes with 23 TD passes at the JUCO
level. Redshirt freshman T.J.
Canales (6-0, 190) has a good strong arm and good quickness.
The development of both these players is key to the future at the
a group, the running backs feature great wheels, but are not going to break a
lot of tackles or gain the tough inside yards.
Junior Robert Turbin (5-10, 215) is making better progress than expected
after a freak
Turbin is not able to go, super-quick senior Michael Smith would likely be
inserted into the lineup. Smith
averaged 6.3 yards per carry last year for a total of 290 yards.
He isn't a power back by any means, but he too can spurt through a hole
quickly. Smith runs a 4.26 40 and
showed versatility by also grabbing 19 passes for 220 yards and two scores.
He could also be used in the Aggie return game.
Senior Derrvin Speight and speedster Kerwynn Williams (5-9, 185, So.)
would likely also see a lot of carries. Speight
(5-9, 209) led the running attack in 2007 with 504 yards but he was hurt for all
of 2008 and didn't see much action last year (210 yards).
Williams runs a 4.3 40 and gives good depth to the position.
Stanley Morrison (5-9, 158, Jr.) returns as the leading Aggie receiver, grabbing 33
catches for 616 yards (18.7 yards per reception) and three scores.
Morrison has the speed to give most WAC corners fits and will likely play
more of a role this fall. He was the
star of spring ball for
college transfers Matt Austin (6-2, 198), Dontel Watkins (6-3, 200), and Xavier Martin are on campus and ready to make some noise.
Watkins has run a 4.24 40 and Martin a 4.33.
a tight end is included in the formation, Kellen Barlett (6-2, 242, Jr.) will
fill that role. Although used mostly
as a blocker,
starting linemen return, giving good continuity there.
Coach Andersen wants more physicality after the group allowed 32 sacks
last year and
Ty Rogers (6-4, 285) knows the system and is a capable backup to Richins.
The line uses traps to open holes for the speedy backs.
They have had the size but Andersen is working with the unit to be
quicker and play with more finesse.
"D" is central to a reversal of fortune.
We have seen the
Levi Koskan (6-4, 238) and converted safety Maxim Dinka-Mba (5-11, 218) emerged
as the top defensive ends in spring ball. Koskan
led the group with three sacks last year and his speed rush will be counted on
for a number at least double that. Dinka-Mba
has good speed and range and was moved to the line to try to generate the pass
rush. Quinn Garner (6-3, 250, Jr.)
is another quick rusher but has not finished the play to the quarterback.
He did come up with 28 stops last fall.
At tackle, returning senior starter Sean Enesi (5-11, 286) and senior
Daniel Gurrola (6-1, 282) are tough and thrive on contact.
Enesi has great strength and toughness, and Gurrola needs to play off of
his strength to be a run-stopper in the middle.
for a steady rotation among the front four to keep the unit fresh.
Nathan Royster (6-0, 262, Sr.) who had 15 tackles last year is active but
undersized. Senior Casey Davis (6-3,
270) was demoted last year but will be counted on in the rotation this fall.
Senior Devin Johnson (6-2, 232) was originally a linebacker who rang up
20 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss. Johnson
is quick and athletic and will rotate with Garner.
Athletic Conference linebacker Bobby Wagner (6-1, 230) leads a talented unit
that will be counted on to make big plays. He
paced the Aggies with 115 tackles last year and added two interceptions and
eight tackles for loss. Wagner will
likely see action as a pass-rushing end and outside linebacker to utilize his
speed, experience and sure tackling. He
will be joined by two other returning starters—Kyle Gallagher (6-0, 214, Jr.)
and Junior Keiaho. Gallagher had 53
tackles and always seemed to be around the ball, showing good range and a good
motor. Gallagher will also make his
presence felt with the big hit to halt the ball carrier.
Keiaho (6-3, 243, Jr.) will be the man on the strong side.
He is a good pass rusher with good pursuit, but he needs to be more
dependable against the run.
Rueben Willis has good size at 5-10, 227 but only recorded eight tackles after
getting 72 stops and seven sacks in '08. Jerome Barbour (6-4, 222, Sr.) will also push for playing time after a great spring.
JC Transfer Gavin Jones (6-2, 191) began his collegiate career at safety
but it is hoped that his mobility will serve him well as a backup at the middle
the pass-happy WAC, Andersen couldn't be more pleased than with three senior
starters returning in the secondary. Chris Randle and Curtis Marsh are back at the corners and Rajric Coleman returns at
safety. Randle (5-11, 187, Sr.) was
fourth on the Aggies with 53 tackles and showed penetration with seven tackles
for loss. He's a battler and is
expected to shine this fall. Marsh
(6-1, 193) is a senior that was also a former running back.
He has great athletic ability but is still raw at the position despite
making 32 stops. Marsh had an
interception and broke up five passes last fall.
Coleman has found his niche at free safety after starting out at
cornerback, recording 74 tackles with two picks and five pass breakups.
The senior has good size at 6-1, 194 and good speed as well.
other position in the secondary is up for grabs.
Senior Joey Schrader will get first dibs by attrition.
He is a winner, helping
Quinton Byrd (5-11, 182) will step on the field as a nickel back.
Byrd has excellent speed and good instincts.
Peter Caldwell very well could handle both punting and placekicking this fall.
He managed both two years ago before concentrating solely on punting last
year, leading the WAC at 42.2 yards per attempt.
He did show a knack for pinning opposing offenses with 27 punts landing
inside the 20. Former placekicker
Ulinski was chosen last year because of a stronger leg than
Williams will fly on kickoff returns with his sub-4.4 speed.
He averaged 25.1 per attempt last year.
Stanley Morrison will likely handle punt returns again this
fall—Andersen is looking to him to become a playmaker there.
Josh Flores is another option returning punts for
will find out quickly if this Aggie team is ready to contend in the WAC.
To begin they face
Utah State can get over the hump against Fresno State, look for them to go
unbeaten at home in a schedule that also includes Idaho, Hawai'i, New Mexico State and Idaho. A perfect
slate at home would definitely put this team in contention for a bowl bid.
4 at Oklahoma
Sept. 11 IDAHO STATE
Sept. 18 FRESNO STATE
Sept. 25 at San Diego State
Oct. 1 BYU
Oct. 9 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 23 HAWAI'I
Oct. 30 at Nevada
Nov. 6 NEW MEXICO STATE
Nov. 13 at San Jose State
Nov. 20 IDAHO
Dec. 4 at Boise State