Aggies "Intense" in First Full Pads Practice

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:31pm

The New Mexico State football team held its fourth practice of Spring Football on Thursday morning at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Practice ran a little over two hours. The Aggies wore full pads for the first time this spring.

“I like that way we have practiced these first three times out this spring,” head coach DeWayne Walker said. “The intensity level is high and we are playing with lots of tempo. Are we doing things perfect? No. But see really positive steps in the right direction and the guys are giving everything they have to become a very good football team.”

With the first practice in full pads, practice was hard hitting as the Aggies were eager to begin the physical contact of spring practice.

Practice continues to be noticeably different than in years past as the intensity level was higher and the pace of practice was faster with a high energy tempo.

Offensively, linemen Davonte Wallace and Valerian Ume-Ezeoke continued to lead the offensive line, while quarterback Travaughn Colwell took all the first team reps, throwing the ball well and taking command of the offense. Running back Robert Clay also showed bright spots.

Defensively, linebackers Bryan Bonilla and Anthony Joyner were flying around the field, while transfer defensive linemen Calvin Cruz and Nick Oliva also made plays during team drills.

The Aggies will be back on the field on Saturday morning beginning at 11 a.m., as the Aggies will do some light scrimmaging to go along with practice.

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