New Mexico State University head coach Doug Martin thinks with his returners coming into the 2015 football season, the Aggies can begin the road to recovery.
The Aggies will open their 2015 season Sept. 5 in Gainesville, Florida, taking on the Florida Gators.
NMSU looked to be on the right track last season, starting off 2-0, but lost back-to-back winnable games against UTEP and the University of New Mexico the following two weeks and never recovered. NMSU didn’t win another game.
Nevertheless, the Aggies will have two key returners on the offensive side, running back Larry Rose III, who was the Sun Belt Conference’s Newcomer of the Year, and quarterback Tyler Rogers.
“We had a lot of guys that really stepped forward for us,” Martin said at Media Day Tuesday. “And when I look back at the freshman class that we just brought in, for the first time in a long time around here, we really look like a college football team.”
Following the Florida game, the Aggies’ early season looks similar to last year. They will host Georgia State Sept. 12 — one of the games they won last year, down in Atlanta — and then will host UTEP the following week.
NMSU’s annual rivalry game with UNM is scheduled for Oct. 3 in Albuquerque.