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  Star Thomas had 144 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries, Jamoni Jones scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards and New Mexico State beat Hawaii 45-26 Saturday night. New Mexico State coach Jerry Kill replaced Doug Martin, who went 25-74 overall and had one season with more than three wins (7-6 in 2017), got his first win with the Aggies (1-4). Dedrick Parson capped Hawaii's game-opening eight-play, 75-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 11:55 left in the first quarter. Thomas tied the score with a 27-yard TD run about 3 minutes later, Gavin Frakes scored on a 20-yard run and Thomas' first TD run made it 21-7 with 14:57 left in the second quarter.

Hawaii answered with a nine-play, 90-yard drive but settled for a 23-yard field goal by Matthew Shipley. Jones scored from 2 yards out, Frakes threw a 1-yard TD pass to Thomas Whitford and Ahmonte Watkins added a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 42-10 midway through the third quarter. Brayden Schager completed 22 of 40 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown for Hawaii (1-4). New Mexico State finished with 353 yards rushing on 42 attempts. - New Mexico State/AP College Football


So/2025 RB Star ThomasNew Mexico State
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Carson Pharris, New Mexico State, So., OL,...Pharris is the vice-president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and helped oversee NM State's efforts in a conference wide canned food drive. While the Aggies finished in second place among the WAC, Pharris' efforts did not go unmatched as the football team led all NM State athletic programs. Pharris plans to be a member of SAAC for three more years, eventually becoming the president of the organization. - New Mexico State Football

rSo/2025 OG Carson PharrisNew Mexico State
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  As the Jerry Kill era gets underway for NM State Football, the Aggies will open the season in front of a national audience. For the first time since 2018, Aggie Memorial Stadium will play host to a nationally televised contest when the Aggies take on Nevada at 8 p.m. MT, Aug. 27, on ESPN2. The opening act to the highly anticipated 2022 season will mark just the fourth time in NM State football program history that ESPN has made the trip to Las Cruces (2018, ESPN2; 2009, ESPNU; 2007, ESPN2). "I don't think people truly understand that environment, stated Kill. "When you say, 'Hey, we're going to be on ESPN', that's a big deal to recruits and a big deal to our university… It's a great way to show our school off. It's a great way to highlight what we're doing here. It's a great way to show Las Cruces off." The week zero contest will be the first of three NM State games in four weeks to air on national television (September 1 at Minnesota, Big Ten Network; September 17 at Wisconsin, Big Ten Network). ESPN's last visit to Las Cruces came when the Aggies hosted Wyoming to open the 2018 season. - Las Cruces Sun News

rSr/2023 OLB Chris OjohNew Mexico State
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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Chris Ojoh, New Mexico State, Sr LB,...Started every game for the Aggies in the 2021 season...Named as a Second Team member of the 2021 Phil Steele All-Independent Team...Finished the season tied for second on the team with 71 tackles...Led the team with five sacks, three forced fumble, and 15 tackles for a loss. - New Mexico State Football

rSr/2023 OLB Chris OjohNew Mexico State
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Chris Ojoh, New Mexico State, Senior LB,...Ojoh, a senior from Sunland, California, adds to his impressive resume with The Bednarik Award nomination. Earlier this summer, Ojoh was named a Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent Second Team. During the 2021 season, Ojoh started every game for the Aggies and finished second on the team with 71 tackles. Ojoh was the team lead in sacks (five), forced fumbles (three), and tackles for a loss (15). Against elite competition, Ojoh proved that he belongs with the best in the nation. In NM State's contest against No. 1 Alabama, Ojoh tallied 13 tackles – the highest single-game total among Aggies last year. Against the Crimson Tide, the linebacker added three tackles for a loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. - New Mexico State Football

rSr/2023 OLB Chris OjohNew Mexico State
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  On top of learning a new system under New Mexico State football coach Jerry Kill and defensive coordinator Nate Dreiling, Chris Ojoh is also learning names as the Aggies coaching staff has continued to add players since spring practice. Ojoh was among the best players on the Aggies roster last year and the best defensive player. Following a year that Ojoh led the Aggies with six sacks, 16 tackles for loss and three forces fumbles and was second with 72 tackles, he entered the transfer portal shortly after the season and the announced coaching change, but ultimately decided to return. "I really just wanted to see New Mexico State headed in the right direction," Ojoh said. "I'm a big person into feeling like home and good energy. When Coach Kill and I talked, it felt like home. They had a vision and had a plan and I wanted to follow through with it."

Ojoh is one of at least 12 linebackers learning Dreiling's 4-2-5 scheme, where he has moved from out outside linebacker last year, to the inside where he pairs with fellow senior returning starter Trevor Brohard. "When I was at Eastern Washington, I played inside at the (weakside linebacker) and I loved it there," Ojoh said. "I look at it more as an opportunity to be on the field and show my versatility. I like to look at myself as an athlete, and now there is less space to work with and not a lot of open field tackles and one-on-one plays. There is less room for error." - Las Cruces Sun News


rSr/2023 OLB Chris OjohNew Mexico State
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  New Mexico State's offense has featured talented running backs, but depth at the position was not a priority as the Aggies' focus was primarily throwing the football under previous head coach Doug Martin. The Aggies averaged 30 attempts per game last season and averaged 3.3 yards per rush. Jerry Kill's last stop, Texas Christian, averaged 39 rush attempts last season for five yards per carry. TCU had six players with at least 20 carries last season with four players rushing for over 350 yards last year. The Aggies had three players with over 60 carries last season, but leading rusher Juwaun Price (135 attempts for 693 yards) and quarterback Jonah Johnson (130 attempts for 166 yards) have transferred.

Depth in the backfield is a priority in Kill's offense and the Aggies have added talent accordingly. "I think by the time fall camp rolls around, there will be three or four running backs who will cause some problems for teams," Aggies offensive coordinator Tim Beck said. O'Maury Samuels is the Aggies leading returning rusher and Alex Escobar has limited experience, as well. But Kill addressed the running back position in recruiting. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M transfer Jamoni Jones and TCU transfer Ahmonte Watkins stood out during spring practice. The Aggies have added Coffeyville Community College transfer Star Thomas since spring practice and freshman Makhilyn Young signed in February and will be on the field when fall camp begins on July 29. "They have put a great running game together and we have nine running backs and I can tell you 100 percent that all of us can play," Jones said. "They want you to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield, line up in the slot and go block a defensive end, so you have to be versatile." - Las Cruces Sun News


rSr/2023 RB OMaury SamuelsNew Mexico State
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  NM State's approach to the transfer portal has been strategic, landing Power 5 transfers who transfered to Las Cruces with multiple years of eligibility remaining and adding experienced FBS players who will fill immediate needs for a shorter period of time. Case in point is UNLV graduate transfer Bryce Jackson, who has started the past two years at free safety in the Mountain West. "I feel like we have a great secondary group, but we don't have a lot of guys with a ton of snaps," Aggies defensive coordinator Nate Dreiling said. "Bryce has over 600 college snaps at the FBS level and will step into a leadership role."

Jackson was listed at 5-10, 190 pounds. The Chandler, Arizona native appeared in 39 games at UNLV with 139 career tackles, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. Jackson had 61 tackles for the Rebels last year. Jackson adds an experienced player to quarterback an Aggies secondary that will have limited experience, but high on potential. - Las Cruces Sun News


rSr/2023 SS Bryce JacksonNew Mexico State
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  2021 SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY LEAGUE (COACHES): JJ Jones III, Dartmouth (5th, TE - Tracy, Calif.),...Jones, a 6-2, 220-pound fifth-year senior from Tracy, California, was an excellent blocker with good hands, making him an ideal tight end for the Green. He caught 10 passes on the season for 146 yards and a touchdown that was the last catch of his career, going for 24 yards in the title-clinching, 52-31 victory at Brown this past Saturday. - Dartmouth Football

rSr/2023 FB J.J. Jones IIINew Mexico State
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  The 'Money' linebacker, first introduced in 2017, has given the Aggies defensive front some flexibility. Malik Demby made the spot his own in terms of pressuring the quarterback and getting into the offensive backfield, often lining up as a 9 technique. Since Demby there have been a variety of players with different body types who have played the position. Linebackers coach Oliver Soukup said Bowe, a redshirt senior who played at two junior colleges before transferring to NM State from City College of San Francisco in 2019, brings similar explosive athleticism to the position.

"He's got a really good knack for getting off of blocks," Soukup said. "Sometimes it's more about having to harness that. He wants to get off blocks so fast that he can pop out in the run game and create space in the run game." Bowe was injured early in 2019 and has yet to play a down for the Aggies. He's currently atop the depth chart, which Mike Edwards slated at No. 2. "He's more athletic than we have probably had since Demby and (Shane Jackson)," Soukup said. "It's more of an athletic position. That money has to be a guy who will play all over the field. He will be in the middle of the defense and on the edges." - Las Cruces Sun News


rSr/2023 ILB Michael Bowe Jr.New Mexico State
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  Regardless of the win-loss total at the end of the college football season, Eli Johnson was the clear winner at New Mexico State's football media day. Johnson's teammates and coaches have raved about his football IQ and ability since he signed with NM State as a graduate transfer from Mississippi. Although he could practice during the spring but could not play in the Aggies two spring games, Johnson gave a glimpse as to why he's been so popular to local media at the Hall of Legends on campus. Johnson was candid regarding his future as a coach, his experience in the SEC, COVID-19 vaccines and college football and what he brings to the table for the Aggies. But perhaps more importantly, as likely the only person in the room who has sampled Mexican cuisine in the Borderland, and Mississippi, Johnson explained why he prefers the Mexican food from his home state.

Hear him out. And he is, "prepared to deal with the consequences." "I know how that is going to sound and I know how that comes across," Johnson said. "The cuisines are very different. When you are in the southeast, it's more of a Tex Mex style. Mexican food is seen more as a party food. It's a lot of white queso cheese and a lot of just really greasy food. Here in New Mexico, the Mexican food is more built to fit into an every day diet. You can go to a Mexican restaurant here in Las Cruces and eat Mexican food every day of the week and probably be OK from a health standpoint. If you do that in northern Mississippi, you will end up looking like me." - Las Cruces Sun News


rSr/2022 C Eli JohnsonNew Mexico State
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  Sage Doxtater could be making money playing football in his native Canada. The redshirt senior left tackle was drafted by the Toronto Argonauts in the second round of the May Canadian Football League Draft. But Doxtater, the only remaining player from New Mexico State's Arizona Bowl season in 2017, believes there was unfinished business so he put a professional career on hold for now. "I wasn't happy with how our last season ended," Doxtater said. "I think we were 2-10 and I didn't even play for most the year. I didn't want to go out on that note." Doxtater could be prepping for the upcoming CFL season, but he believes another good year at NM State could help his NFL Draft prospects. "I knew that I had the ability and I just had to put the work in," Doxtater said. "If definitely a lifelong dream for every football player to get drafted. I was ecstatic when I got the call." Doxtater has improved each season at NM State, growing from a 6-foot-6, 305-pound 17-year-old to a future professional at 344 pounds. He was on the Sun Belt Conference All Newcomer team after making nine starts as a true freshman in 2016. - Las Cruces Sun News

rSr/2022 OG Sage DoxtaterNew Mexico State
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  The New Mexico State football team picked up a second offensive player with SEC experience. The Aggies recently announced the signing of Dominic Gicinto, a 5-foot-10 slot receiver from Missouri. Gicinto will be eligible to play immediately and he has two years of eligibility remaining. Gicinto joins graduate transfer Eli Johnson from Mississippi as new offensive players for the Aggies in the fall. Johnson should start at the center position, and Gicinto gives the Aggies another target for either Jonah Johnson or Weston Eget. "(Aggies recruiting coordinator Cory Martin) found Dominic through recruiting ties with other coaches he knew," Aggies head coach Doug Martin said. "Dominic brings speed and a great run after the catch skill set. He will probably be the fastest wide receiver we have. He will be an inside receiver for us and line up in the backfield at times also." Like Johnson, Gicinto entered the transfer portal following a coaching change. "That didn't really stand out other than I saw that the team was in a rebuild and it seemed like a good place if you wanted to be part of something great," Gicinto said. - Las Cruces Sun News

rSr/2023 WR Dominic GicintoNew Mexico State
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  The New Mexico State football team picked up a second offensive player with SEC experience. The Aggies recently announced the signing of Dominic Gicinto, a 5-foot-10 slot receiver from Missouri. Gicinto will be eligible to play immediately and he has two years of eligibility remaining. Gicinto joins graduate transfer Eli Johnson from Mississippi as new offensive players for the Aggies in the fall. Johnson should start at the center position, and Gicinto gives the Aggies another target for either Jonah Johnson or Weston Eget. Gicinto gives the Aggies another option in the slot, where Robert Downs and Cole Harrity played during spring games against Tarleton State and Dixie State. - Las Cruces Sun News

rSr/2023 WR Dominic GicintoNew Mexico State
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  The 6-foot, 175-pound Crump has already played parts of five seasons of college football. He's eligible to play another season due to the NCAA's ruling that the 2020 season didn't count toward eligibility for any player. He has 50 career tackles in 48 games played, with three interceptions (all in 2018) and 15 passes defensed. He led Temple in pass breakups in 2020. He redshirted in 2019 after missing most the season with a hand injury. CSU's secondary is in need of improvement. Despite the excellent pressure created by the defensive line, the Rams were still 10th in the Mountain West in pass yards allowed per game (250) in their four-game 2020 season. Crump will have one season with CSU. - Fort Collins Coloradoan

rSr/2023 CB Linwood CrumpNew Mexico State
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