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Aggies intensity grows during spring football

Aggies intensity grows during spring football
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:55pm

The New Mexico State football team held its third of 13 practices on Tuesday morning at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Practice ran a little over two hours. The Aggies wore shoulder pads and shorts for the final 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.”

Both defensive coordinator David Elson and offensive coordinator Jerry McManus continued to put in the defensive and offensive systems. NM State participated in individual position drills and team drills during 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.

Players that seem to be making an impact for the Aggies are wide receivers Kevan Walker, Marcus Williams and Joseph Mathews, while defensive lineman Donte Savage is back in true form after missing the 2011 season. Some of the NM State newcomers also looked impressive on Tuesday morning including running back Akeelie Mustafa, quarterback Andrew McDonald and defensive back Cameron Fuller. Walker also mentioned that he was pleased with the secondary as a whole unit.

The Aggies will be back on the field on Thursday morning beginning at 7 a.m. for their first day in full pads.

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