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New Mexico State Football News: Josh Adkins Leaving Football Program

The soon to be junior will enter the transfer portal.

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The New Mexico State football team got some unexpected news on Friday as it was announced by Josh Adkins that he will enter the transfer portal and leave Las Cruces after two years. Adkins announced the news on his Twitter account.

Adkins has started the last two seasons for the Crimson, throwing for 2,588 yards and 14 touchdowns this past season.

This is a big deal for the Aggies because they will now have to break in a new starting quarterback against UCLA and UAB, both very good teams, this fall. Personally, I’m pretty surprised by this decision. I know Josh had some struggles this past season but I did not see this coming. Hopefully he lands somewhere where he can thrive and the Aggies can find their new QB.

Pro Day

NM State’s Pro Day is set for March 10. 19 total players will be taking part in the workout for NFL scouts including 16 Aggies.

Taking part in the workout is: Javahn Fergurson, Shane Jackson, Jacob Wilson, Ray Buford Jr., Shamad Lomax, Austin Perkins, Jared Phipps, OJ Clark, Tony Nicholson, Izaiah Lottie, Cedric Wilcots, Christian Gibson, Jason Huntley, Dylan Brown, Payton Theisler and Brian Trujilo.

Coaching Change

In other announcements, Cory White is the new offensive line coach for the Aggies this year. If this name sounds familiar it’s because White was part of the staff here in 2015 when he worked as the player development coordinator.

Since then he has been at Humboldt State as an Offensive Line coach and at the University of San Diego as a Tight Ends coach and Offensive Line coach, where he coached many award winning players, including Alex Cappa, who was drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft in 2018.

This is the second coach to join the Aggies from USD, as current special teams coordinator Ronnie Pentz also coached there before coming to Las Cruces in 2019.

Schedule Additions

NM State officials have been busy adding future football series for the future, announcing three in the past month.

The Aggies will play Northern Illinois at home in 2024 and then travel to DeKalb, Illinois in 2027. NIU is now the eight opponent on the Aggies’ 2024 football schedule.

It was also announced that NM State will travel to play Northwestern in Chicago in 2023. The Wildcats will pay the Aggies $1.2 million for the game which will be the first meeting between the programs. NU is the ninth opponent on NM State’s 2023 schedule.

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