Team Preview: New Mexico Military

As they enter the 2012 season, the Broncos will be working with their third head coach in three years, but it isn't as if they are having to get used to Joe Forchtner. The first year head man was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach last season so he knows the personnel and what he has to work with and this fall he will have a very young team with some interesting prospects...

Offensively, the Broncos lost QB David Vega, who had an outstanding season, as well as three big-time performers along the offensive line in OT Daniel Glauser, OT Winston Hunt and OG Kenny Eagle who all signed with four-year schools this spring.

Replacing Vega will be the biggest challenge on offense, but whomever wins the starter job, he will have a nice tailback to rely on in Maximillian Thompson who rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman last season.

The Broncos lost their top wideouts from last season, but they do return cat-quick slot receiver Tanner Hightower-Wilson and they have some interesting younsters who will join the team later this month.

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, NMMI needs to find some leaders along the offensive line and the top candidate being look at is Ezek Suiva'aia who is huge, athletic and plays with a bit of a nasty streak.

Along the defensive line, the Broncos run an aggressive scheme and up front they have several big bodies to throw at offenses in Chevrolet Mikaele, Savea Paisa and Craig Spratt, all who played last season and can play multiple positions.

Of those three, Mikaele is getting the most attention from four-year schools and he could be pretty heavily recruited with a big season.

At linebacker, Bobby Steffany is the top prospect and he will be joined by Risita Mapu who returns after a solid freshman season in 2012 that saw him post over 50 tackles and two sacks.

In the secondary, NMMI is very young and returners Josh Page and Kevin Reaves will be looked at to lead the way.

This will be a rebuilding year for the Broncos who relied on Vega, their big offensive line and a stout defense to go 9-3 last season.

Forchtner has his work cut out for him, but he appears to be up to the task and it will be interesting to see how his team develops over the next five months.

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