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New Mexico State Football 2018 Position Previews: Linebacker

With the unit’s top performer departing, how does the linebacker group look heading into 2018?

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Opening kickoff is quickly approaching, which means we need to continue on with our position previews! We will now take a look at the linebacker position, which lost it’s leading tackler from a year ago.

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Graduates

Just like the defensive line, the linebackers only lose one member from last season’s squad. Unfortunately, that member is a big one.

Dalton Herrington, the team leader in tackles (134, 9.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 6 pass break ups and 1 interception) graduated after last season leaving one open spot in the D.

Returnees/New Guys

Despite the loss of the top tackler, the Aggies return basically everyone (all with starting experience), this includes:

  • Terrill Hanks (111 tackles, 7 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, 6 pass break ups, 2 interceptions)
  • Lui Fa’amasino (63 tackles, 12 sack, four tackles for loss)
  • Javahn Fergurson (56 tackles, two sacks, two and a half tackles for loss, one pass break up)
  • Leon McQuaker (42 tackles, three sacks, 3 12 tackles for loss, one interception)
  • Shane Jackson (25 tackles, two tackles for loss)
  • Jonathan Hood (10 tackles)
  • Billy Nipp (seven tackles)

The Aggies also bring in a few newcomers to help round out the depth chart in Lautoa Nomura (JUCO) and Devin Richardson (freshman).

Upgrade/Downgrade

Losing the leading tackler hurts but the Aggies have plenty of talent returning, all with more experience than a year ago and the benefit of bowl practices.

This unit should be even better in 2018.