NMSU's Walker Addresses Quarterback Injuries, Starters


POSTED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 4:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 8:16am

The New Mexico State (1-4, 0-1) football team will take on a tough WAC opponent in the Bulldogs of Fresno State (3-2, 1-1). This weekend the Aggies and Bulldogs will meet on the gridiron for the 17th time, as Fresno State holds a 16-0 lead in the series. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. (MT) at Bulldog Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The Aggies face the Bulldogs for the 17th time in school history Saturday, as New Mexico State visits Fresno State for the eighth time. The Bulldogs hold a 16-0 series lead over the Aggies.

NMSU Head Coach DeWayne Walker said today he will make a decision on who will start against FSU later this week after practice.  Junior Matt Christian has been the starter, but did not play against UNM due to a sprained shoulder.

Freshman quarterback Andrew Manley waited until the final five minutes of the New Mexico game this past weekend to make his impact felt. Manley stepped in and drove the Aggies down the field after the defense forced a Lobo fumble.

Down 14-13, Manley took the Aggies 40 yards on eight plays, completing 2-of-2 passing, including a long of 21 yards to Marcus Allen inside the 5-yard line. Four plays later, the Aggies hit the game-winning field goal with 1:56 remaining in the game.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Rust made the most of his first start for the Aggies, guiding the Aggies to a 16-14 win over New Mexico. Rust threw the ball just 10 times for six yards but ran the ball for 31 yards on 14 carries. On the season, Rust is 8-of-18 passing for 33 yards and an interception.

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When Manley was in high school, he played in the shadow of U of Hawaii QB Colt Brennan, was recruited by Hawaii but not offered a scholarship, so how ironic would it be if when NMSU and Hawaii play later this year Manley is the starter.

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