POSTED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 3:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 3:17pm
Las Cruces, NM — The 2013 FBS All-Independent Team has been named by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Independent Player of the Week awards, as five NM State football student-athletes earned recognition.
Senior safety Davis Cazares was named to the All-Independent Defensive team, while offensive linemen sophomore Andy Cunningham and senior Davonte Wallace, along with junior wide receiver Austin Franklin and senior linebacker Trashaun Nixon all earned honorable mention honors.
Cazares (Monrovia, Calif.) led the Aggies in tackles for the second straight season with 109, ranking him in the top-10 in the country in total tackles. Cazares also led the team with two interceptions. He ended his career in Crimson & White with 245 total tackles, six tackles for a loss, six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick.
Nixon (Oxnard, Calif.) recorded 93 tackles on the year, leading NM State with 14 tackles for a loss and three sacks. For his career, Nixon tallied 189 tackles in just two seasons with NM State, adding five sacks and 23 tackles for a loss.
Franklin (Dallas, Texas) caught 52 passes for 670 yards and seven touchdowns in just eight games this season. He played in 33 games for the Aggies over the last three seasons, catching 160 passes for 2,439 yards and 19 touchdowns, all of which rank him in the top-10 in school history. Franklin recorded 10 games during his Aggie career with over 100 yards receiving, while leading the team in receiving in 2012 and 2013.
Wallace (El Paso, Texas) was a four-year starter for the Aggies, starting in 48 straight games, mostly at the left tackle position. In 2013, Wallace allowed six sacks and recorded 50 knockdowns, while helping his team to a national ranking of eighth in red zone offense.
Cunningham (Frisco, Texas) led the Aggies in knockdowns in 2013 with 87, recording three games with double digit knockdowns. On the year, Cunningham allowed only two sacks, while playing both offensive guard and tackle.