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New Mexico State Football: Spring Football Storylines

There are plenty of holes to fill from last season. Who will step up and fill them?

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Of all the departures from last season, Terrill Hanks’ may be the hardest one to replace
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The New Mexico State football Aggies will take the field this week for their annual spring game in what hopes to be an exciting time on campus. Both basketball teams have made it to the WAC tournament finals and will hopefully be heading to the NCAA tournament.

*Author note: that helmet schedule image is dope.

Before that happens, we can turn our attention to the spring game which has plenty of storylines of its own, starting with the quarterback.

Who will back up Josh Adkins?

Adkins came off the bench last year and cemented himself as the starter, having a great redshirt freshman season. One thing that isn’t certain is who will be his number 2.

Nick Jeanty has graduated, so does that mean Matt Romero will backup Adkins? That would be my guess, as he started the first four games last season but looked overwhelmed at times. Then again, I didn’t see Adkins coming in and doing as well as he did either so we shall see.

What will the offensive line look like?

Jamin Smith and Issac McClain both graduated last year, and incoming recruit and projected starting center Eligah Hunter has been medically disqualified after he discovered he had spinal stenosis. So who will be put under center and who will fill the guard spot left by McClain?

Sebastian Anderson might find his way into the rotation but after that, I think there might be some younger guys put into the lineup. The spring game should help clear up this question.

Who will fill Terrill Hanks’ spot at linebacker?

Another big spot to fill is NFL hopeful Terrill Hanks, who had 101 tackles last year from the strong side linebacker spot. I’ve heard rumblings that Trevor Brohard might take over that spot but will a newcomer emerge in the spring game?

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What will the secondary look like?

Starting safety and hit man Ron LaForce is gone and so is Demarcus Owens meaning there will be some flux in the back part of the D. Shamad Lomax does return, as does Ray Buford who played quite a bit last season.

Purhaps those two play safety while Spaziani breaks in some new guys on the outside? We’ll have to wait and see on Wednesday at the Spring game!