So the Aggies are one-third of the way through the season, holding a 2-2 record heading into a big-money non-conference game at #17 LSU. In the past two weeks, we dropped a disappointing game in El Paso against UTEP, 42-24, and fell painfully to fellow rival UNM within the final minute of the game, 38-35, at Aggie Memorial.
My thoughts? As bad as the loss to the Lobos was, it was a very competitive game. We scored a lot of points, the kids were making plays, and the defense did a solid job against a very tough offensive scheme. We still have some great young kids on defense, and our offense is really looking explosive.
Our running game is still not looking 100%. True freshman Larry Rose III looked rusty against UNM due to a nagging knee injury, so sophomore Xavier Hall will get the starting nod against LSU. But our offensive line has really done an awesome job — in four games, we have yet to give up a sack.
Obviously, LSU is an extremely talented, deep, and fast team. It’ll be a grind down in the Bayou this Saturday, and the ultimate goal is for Coach Martin to get his team back to Las Cruces healthy and ready to hit the meat of the Sun Belt schedule.
A few injuries to report: defensive end Noah Brown, who’s had a decent season so far, strained his MCL and will be out a few games; freshman Stody Bradley will take his place. Receivers Greg Hogan (knee) and Jerrel Brown (collarbone) are a little beaten up, but they’ll be back at some point soon, too. True freshman Jalen Jones, a converted quarterback, will be able to show what he can do at receiver this week.
The next home game will be October 4, at 6 PM, against the Eagles of Georgia Southern. The theme will be Tough Enough to Wear Pink.