Summer is almost halfway over, which means that football is right around the corner! What better way to get prepared than with some position previews?
So lets get down to business and start with the position that had its ups and downs last year, quarterback.
Returning: Josh Adkins, Matthew Romero, Cameron Matthews, Jeremy Hodge, Luke Wilson
Departing: Nick Jeanty
Incoming: Weston Eget
Nobody really knew what to expect coming into last year, because the Aggies had to replace their number two career passing leader Tyler Rogers, but optimism was high with the addition of JUCO Matt Romero.
Coming off the first bowl appearance and win since 1960, ESPN2 was in town and Aggie Memorial was electric in welcoming Wyoming to Las Cruces. Unfortunately the quarterback play was not up to the task, giving us a glimpse of the first four weeks of the season.
Josh Adkins was inserted into the lineup for the UTEP game and started the rest of the way. The 6’2” redshirt freshman had some really good games, throwing for 402 yards and four touchdowns versus Liberty and 396 yards and four touchdowns versus Alcorn State.
He also showed his youth with 275 yards and two interceptions against Texas State and 264 yards and two interceptions versus BYU.
Overall, Adkins had a nice year, totaling 2,563 yards and throwing 13 touchdowns and was the only FBS freshman to finish in the top 25 in passing yards per game.
Despite some tough early tests, I think Adkins will have a great year since he now as a year of experience. With a little protection from the offensive line (40 sacks last year), Adkins could have a breakout season, especially in Martin’s pass happy offense.