Aggies know Beavers' defense is tough

This weekend the New Mexico State University Aggies will travel to Corvallis, Ore. to battle the Oregon State University Beavers. The Aggies are riding a 48-3 victory over the Western New Mexico University Mustangs, while the Beavers look to rebound from a bitter 16-14 loss to the Fresno State Bulldogs.

New Mexico State linebacker Jimmy Cottrell talked Tuesday about the team's defensive consistency for four quarters and not giving up the big play, which haunted the squad in its season opener against Texas.

Saturday that will be the challenge for the 1-1 New Mexico State Aggies when they visit Corvallis, Ore., to take on 1-1 Oregon State.

"Against Texas we played well for a quarter and a half and last week against Western New Mexico, we didn't give the type of effort we should have," Cottrell said. "We need to come ready and focused and play hard for 60 minutes. We'll need to. We have to come out and have a good start and get some momentum going early."

The Aggies will be facing an Oregon Sate team that is averaging 466.5 yards per game. The Beavers beat Sacramento State in the opener 40-7, before falling to Fresno State 16-14 last Friday. In the Fresno State game, the Beavers got 284 yards passing from Derek Anderson and 128 yards rushing from Steven Jackson, but penalties and five turnovers hurt their cause.

"Oregon State loves to go to Steven Jackson," Cottrell said. "They will run him a lot, but they will throw screens to him and we have to be aware of where he is at every moment." Jackson will be the second big-time running back the Aggies will face this season. NMSU took on Texas' Cedric Benson in the season opener in Austin.

"Jackson is very good," NMSU coach Tony Samuel said. "He's a guy that runs well, he's got good bounce. Cedric Benson ran well between the tackles. Benson and Jackson are different. Both are very effective."

Samuel said the Beavers are explosive offensively and are like the University of California, a team NMSU played last year and lost to 34-13. "They run a lot of screens, they'll use some motions and different sets," he said. "We'll have to play good, disciplined football. We have to key on the run and if we can stop the run, our chances of playing well are much better."New Mexico State linebacker Jimmy Cottrell talked Tuesday about the team's defensive consistency for four quarters and not giving up the big play, which haunted the squad in its season opener against Texas. Saturday that will be the challenge for the 1-1 New Mexico State Aggies when they visit Corvallis, Ore., to take on 1-1 Oregon State. "Against Texas we played well for a quarter and a half and last week against Western New Mexico, we didn't give the type of effort we should have," Cottrell said. "We need to come ready and focused and play hard for 60 minutes. We'll need to. We have to come out and have a good start and get some momentum going early." The Aggies will be facing an Oregon Sate team that is averaging 466.5 yards per game. The Beavers beat Sacramento State in the opener 40-7, before falling to Fresno State 16-14 last Friday. In the Fresno State game, the Beavers got 284 yards passing from Derek Anderson and 128 yards rushing from Steven Jackson, but penalties and five turnovers hurt their cause. "Oregon State loves to go to Steven Jackson," Cottrell said. "They will run him a lot, but they will throw screens to him and we have to be aware of where he is at every moment." Jackson will be the second big-time running back the Aggies will face this season. NMSU took on Texas' Cedric Benson in the season opener in Austin. "Jackson is very good," NMSU coach Tony Samuel said. "He's a guy that runs well, he's got good bounce. Cedric Benson ran well between the tackles. Benson and Jackson are different. Both are very effective." Samuel said the Beavers are explosive offensively and are like the University of California, a team NMSU played last year and lost to 34-13.

"They run a lot of screens, they'll use some motions and different sets," he said. "We'll have to play good, disciplined football. We have to key on the run and if we can stop the run, our chances of playing well are much better."

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Oregon State coach Mike Riley said Anderson is his man to start Saturday's game and that he wants his junior signal caller to focus on Saturday's game with the Aggies. "Derek gives us our best chance to win," said Riley during Monday's Pac-10 conference all. "We have to get his percentage up, that's a big key. Derek just has to keep working hard and concentrate on what he has to get done. He has to put last week's game behind him and not let affect his play.

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Sophomore cornerback Cameron Wright will miss his third straight game on Saturday with an ankle injury, while the status of freshman defensive lineman Jared Naylor (toe) is still uncertain.

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Sophomore free safety Shukree Shabazz, the younger brother of Oakland Raiders rookie Siddeeq Shabazz, is second on the team in tackles with nine. Shukree Shabazz also plays on special teams.


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