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NMSU's Walker, Aggies Players Talks Nevada at Weekly Press Conference

NMSU's Walker, Aggies Players Talks Nevada at Weekly Press Conference
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 5:39pm

HEAD COACH DEWAYNE WALKER

THOUGHTS ON UPCOMING GAME AGAINST NEVADA
“This is a very good football team. Looking at their offense, I think the quarterback is a better thrower. You can tell he has really worked on his throwing mechanics. Even though they lost one of the top running backs from last year, I still think they have a couple more running backs that are just as good. When you look at their offense, they might be even better than last year. I know defensively they changed coordinators. They’re just more aggressive and they’re going to blitz you a little bit more. On special teams, they have a good return game. It’s another challenge for us and we get another chance to play a team that is nationally ranked.”

THOUGHTS ON PLAYER HEALTH
“I think we have the same health issues as last week. I know George Callender is going to be a game day decision. He has had a pretty good season for a freshman. Hopefully we’ll get Seth (Smith) back this week.”

THOUGHTS ON OFFENSIVE BACKFIELD (AS A WHOLE)
“It just goes to show that’s the kind of depth we’re trying to create. Whenever we can create that kind of depth across the board, now you probably have a pretty good football team. That was positive thing to see a freshman quarterback come in and play pretty well and to see a sophomore running back come in and gain over 100 yards. I just think those are positives that hopefully we can continue to build as we continue to rebuild.”

THOUGHTS ON HAVING YOUNG PLAYERS ON THE TEAM
“Anytime you see programs that are rebuilding that use that philosophy of playing young players, you’re going to have your growing pains. Then you see your freshman become sophomores, and your sophomores become juniors. Then you’re going from three wins to five wins to eight wins, and that’s just the process you have to go through. I’m a firm believer that you build your team through high school kids, even though we have some pretty good junior college guys. When we go and recruit this off-season, I think you have to build with young guys, so it’s good to see that some of our young guys are being productive for us as we finish up the season.”


WIDE RECEIVER TAVEON ROGERS

THOUGHTS ON UPCOMING GAME AGAINST NEVADA
“They’re a very good team. We just have to bring our A-game if we want to win. We have to execute and make plays on offense, defense and special teams.”

THOUGHTS ON RECENT SUCCESS AS WIDE RECEIVER
“I’m just learning and trying to progress with every game. Hopefully I’ll get better this game and get more receptions in order to be a more productive member for the team.


STRONG SAFETY ALPHONSO POWELL

THOUGHTS ON NEVADA’S OFFENSE
“They have an explosive offense. Colin Kaepernick is a really good quarterback. For our game plan, we can’t let them get out. We have to make sure we’re in the film room this week studying all the alignment blocks so that we can make sure we stop them.”

THOUGHTS ON THE TEAM
“We have been coming out with more fire. We have been able to contain more drives and we’re trying to keep the offense off the field.”


QUARTERBACK ANDREW MANLEY

THOUGHTS ON STARTING FIRST GAME AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
“As you know, Matt (Christian) got hurt. Coach Dunbar was trying to keep the offense simple for us so we can all execute it going into the game. When it came to the game, we were all very comfortable and the linemen had my back. The receivers were confident, so it was really going into the game with everyone having my back and having confidence in me.”

THOUGHTS ON THE OFFENSE’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST LOUISIANA TECH
“I made a couple of mistakes with those two interceptions, but the offense ran very well. Todd (Lee) had a touchdown and Marcus Allen had quite a few receptions. We had our ups and downs, but we just have to keep progressing and keep getting better.”

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