Crimsonstorms FB Review

The 2005 football season has come and gone for the New Mexico State Aggies..now we look back and give our grades for the season

First year head coach Hal Mumme and staff came to Las Cruces in January 2005 with the idea of bringing Aggie Football to a national level, but they also knew that it would not come without some growing pains along the way. New coaches, a new system, new uniforms, and a new attitude of commitment from coaches, players, the university and the Las Cruces community all helped the Aggie football program take a step in the right direction this season despite finishing 0-12. The Aggies lost 15 seniors in 2005, eight of them starters, but will return 14 starters to next year's team.

Quarterback-D
Junior quarterback Royal Gill was the Aggies' primary quarterback during the season, throwing for 1,930 yards and 11 touchdowns while Quarterback Joey Vincent started four games for NMSU, seeing action in all 12. Vincent threw for 1,219 yards on the season and six touchdowns. He was also second on the team in rushing with 166 yards. Altho both QB played well at time..we look for improved play in 06

Running Back-B
the running game is in good hands with Justine Buries carrying the rock..Buries ran for 779 yards, had 4.2rpc & 5TD's in Coach mummes air raid and will only rack up more yards in 06

Wide Receiver/Tight Ends-C
Paul Dombrowski was the main man at WR catching 78 passes, a school record for most catches in a season,Dombrowski also broke the school record for most receptions in a game with 16 against San Jose State & finished the season ranked fourth in the conference in receptions per game (6.50) and 23rd in the nation. He recorded four games with over 100 yards receiving and four games with 10 or more receptions. He also caught two touchdown passes and ran for another. sadly he was the only that was content week in & week out Other contributors this season included Tim Tolbert, Brandon Allen & 3 young WR AJ Harris, Chris Williams who ran back a kickoff for a TD vs Cal and Derek Dubois.
When the Aggies used a tight end Nick Cleaver was the man on point There's a good combination of players coming back with size, speed and experience. The pieces are in place for Hal Mumme to run his attack.

O-Line-F
With this group the o-line was horrible in pass blocking allowing 44 sacks however they wasn't too bad in the running game. with this year under them The veterans should quickly adjust to becoming pure pass protectors

Defensive Line-F
The pieces are there to properly run the 3-4 with a line full of tackles shuffling around the spots. Now there has to be more production against the run after allowing 222 yards per game and getting next to no push into the backfield. Averaging about 280 pounds per man, there's no reason this group should get shoved around anymore like it was this season

Linebackers-A+
The 3-4 was a better fit for aggie linebackers as ILB Jimmy Cottrell had an outstanding season with 179 tackles. Outside LB's Brandon McKinney, Nathan Nutall Dustin Sober & John Howell all had a solid year altho they got very lettle help from the D-line

Defensive Backs-D-
it's hard to grade The pass defense because everyone spent so much time running it on the front seven, but still the secondary struggled to keep teams from completing passes with any regularity. Three starters return including small, but feisty corners Shukree Shabazz and Gill Byrd. But Iron Man FS Matt Griebel will be missed

Special Teams-A+
Conor Foley was outstanding as a fr. kicker for the aggies and the return game was in good hands with Chris Williams and Jahmeel Hobson both saw time at the wide receiver spot and as kick off return specialists. Williams caught 12 passes for 97 yards on the season and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against Cal (9/23). His return was the first kickoff returned by an Aggie for a touchdown since Tony Lukins tied an NCAA record by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns at Tulsa on October 6, 2001. It was the first time the Aggies returned a kickoff for a touchdown in a home game since Fred Montgomery returned a kick 100 yards against Long Beach State on November 9, 1991. His return also tied for the 12th longest kickoff return in Aggie history. Hobson only played in seven games but caught eight passes for 66 yards.

Overall Grade-D-
The Aggies were a pure option team that made the switch to a run-&-shoot attack with some success. while the passing game was somewhat efficient but it wasn't anywhere near the offense that Mumme is known for.

however the pieces are in place for a big year in 06 with plenty of veterans back.

7 returning starters on offense will help put up big, big, big passing numbers if Joey Vincent and/or Royal Gill can take hold the quarterback job & play mistake free football

The defense has size up front and veterans in the secondary to hope for an improvement on this year's disaster.

it's not a lot to expect Mumme to make this one of the nation's more interesting programs. There will be plenty of wins along the way ... next year.


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