Subia's leadership anchors Aggie line

Subia (6-3, 365), a two-year starter at right guard, was named to the third team and was the only player from the Sun Belt Conference to receive the honor. Subia was a unanimous, first team all-Sun Belt Conference pick last season as the Aggies finished 15th in the nation in rushing offense at 211.8 yards per game and 33rd in total offense at 410 yards per game. NMSU also led the Sun Belt Conference in both categories.

There's no question who the leader is on the New Mexico State offensive line. Senior right guard Steve Subia has made 24 consecutive starts, he's on the 2004 Outland Trophy Watch List and he was a third-team preseason All-America selection by Athlon Sports.

"I look to the challenge of being a leader on the offensive line," said Subia, who stands an imposing 6-foot-1 and weighs 377 pounds. "I want to help the younger guys get better and help us come together as well."

Subia doesn't have many weaknesses as a lineman. He is a powerful lineman, who pass and run blocks equally well. He's also agile and has good footwork.

"I've coached a lot of good offensive lineman, some that have gone on to the NFL and Steve has a lot of potential," NMSU offensive line coach Keven Lightner said. "He does so many things well. He has a lot of ability and he just needs to keep on improving. We're working with him on his weight. If he can keep it down consistently, he'll be fine."

Subia said he would like to get his weight down to 365 pounds before the season opener on Sept. 4 at Arkansas. In the future, he'd like to get his weight down to 330 pounds.

"I feel I have all the skills to play at the next level," Subia said. "I just have to improvement my speed and weight. Hopefully, I will get a chance to play at the next level. It's something I want to take a shot at."

Subia said it's great to be recognized as one of the top players in the nation, but he wants to win a league championship and go to a bowl game in his final season.

"It'd be great to finish off my career with a great season as a team," he said. "We came close a couple of years ago. If we play as a team and stay focused we have a chance."

Subia, who hails from Midland, Texas, said consistency has been a key in his development as an Aggie. "Maturity has been a big key for me," Subia said. "I've had to grow in every area since I got here. But it's been worth it for me." Redshirt freshman center Mike Martinez said Subia has been someone he can lean on for guidance on the line.

"Steve has been a good leader for us," Martinez said. "He knows the offensive system so well and he has a lot of knowledge of the game. Steve plays hard and he's so strong. He really helps anchor this line."

New Mexico State head coach Tony Samuel also praised Subia earlier this summer when asked about his role on the team.

"Steve has been the leader so far this year, not only on the offense but for the entire team," Samuel said. "He is a giant offensive lineman and I think he has a chance to play in the NFL. We need him to cut a few pounds before the beginning of the season but he can go against anybody and do real well."

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