New Mexico State Aggies vs Tarleton State Texans prediction and FCS spring football game preview.The Spring 2021 college football schedule by week for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The two Team will meet for the first time when they clash on Feb. 21 inside Aggie Memorial Stadium. Watch Tarleton State vs New Mexico State Live for Spring 2021 college football.
NM State (0-0) vs. Tarleton State (0-1)
Sunday, Feb. 21 | 3:00 p.m. | Sun Bowl | El Paso, Texas
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The 2017 Aggies grew up together and took their lumps before coming together to win the Arizona Bowl as a group of veteran players, many of whom started and finished their careers with the Aggies. The 2021 roster will consist of a mix of unproven high school players the Aggies developed and transfers at key positions who must produce right away.
Tarleton State, led by head coach Todd Whitten, went 11-1, including an 8-0 mark in conference play, in 2019 – its last season as a member of the Lone Star Conference (DII). The Texans made the move up to the FCS ahead of the 2020 NCAA DI FCS football season, which was also postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will compete as an independent this upcoming spring.
SPRING INTO ACTION
• NM State will be the nation’s lone FBS program to play games this spring as the Aggies start their two-game spring season by taking on Tarleton State at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, at 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. No fans will be allowed at Sunday’s game.
• The Aggies and Texans are meeting on the gridiron for the first time.
• FOX Sports Arizona, Comcast New Mexico and The CW Las Cruces/El Paso will televise the game. FloFootball will stream the game online. Adam Young and Danny Knee will be on the call for Sunday’s game.
OVER THE AIRWAVES
• The play-by-play team of Jack Nixon and Cory Lucas will be on-hand to call the game on the radio. Zia Country 99.5 FM will broadcast Nixon’s and Lucas’ narration of the action.
• Listeners outside of the Las Cruces area can access Nixon’s call on the Aggie Sports Network’s affiliate stations which include 103.5 FM KNMZ (Alamogordo), 1150 AM KNMM (Albuquerque), 1240 AM KAMQ (Carlsbad), 1380 AM KHEY (El Paso), 1230 AM, 94.9 FM KYVA (Gallup) and 107.1 FM KMDS (Las Vegas). Fans not in any of those areas can also find his broadcast via the TuneIn app which is available nationwide.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
• The Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, will serve as the Aggies’ “home” field for their 2021 spring season.
• Current COVID-19 restrictions in the state of New Mexico allow the Aggies to practice in the state, but do not allow them to play games anywhere in the state.
• After a total of 450 days, the Aggies will be taking the field once again. NM State’s 2021 spring season opener will feature a bevy of new faces including one under center
• Jonah Johnson, a junior who last played at Fresno City College in 2019, has been given the keys to the Aggies’ offense out of the gates. The 6’3 quarterback is known as a dual threat • after tossing for 28 scores and running for eight more in his junior college career.
All of the Aggies’ rushing, passing, receiving and tackling leaders from the 2019 season have either graduated or transferred, leaving the door wide open for any number of new faces to take over.
• One of the anchors for the Aggies’ offensive line in 2021 is resdhirt senior Sage Doxtater. The native of Welland, Ontario, Canada, was recently ranked eighth in the Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau’s second edition of the top-20 prospects eligible for the 2021 CFL Draft.
• Doxtater, a three-year starter for the Aggies, was limited to four games when NM State last took the field during the 2019 campaign. Battling a nagging injury, he made three starts after missing the first half of the 2019 season due to the injury.
• The redshirt senior could become the first NM State football student-athlete selected in the CFL Draft since former Aggie offensive lineman Trevor Kine was taken by the now-defunct Ottawa Renegades in the second round (13th overall) of the 2003 draft.
• Former NM State offensive lineman George Hudson (2000), defensive back Earl Knight (1991) and defensive back Jeff MacDonald (1988) have also heard their names called in the draft’s history.
DAVIS UP FOR BURLSWORTH TROPHY
• Senior linebacker Brennon Davis was New Mexico State’s nominee for the 2020 Burlsworth Trophy. Pitt’s Jimmy Morrissey won the 2020 trophy it was announced in January of 2021.
• The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football student-athlete in America who began their career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Nominees must have begun their first season of participation with an FBS program without financial aid of any kind from their university’s athletic department.
• Davis, who was awarded a scholarship in the spring of 2020, made his Aggie debut in 2019 after beginning his career at Blinn College and Tyler JC in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He played in five games with two starts for NM State during the campaign, finishing the season with 28 total tackles (11 solo) and one forced fumble.
• The Grapevine, Texas, native made his first appearance at #2 Alabama (9/7) and logged the first forced fumble of his career in a rain-soaked affair at Georgia Southern (10/26) before racking up eight total tackles in the home win against UIW (11/16). Davis started the final two games of the 2019 season, totaling a career-best 11 tackles in the rivalry win over UTEP (11/23) and picking up eight more stops in the season finale at Liberty (11/30).
• Jason Huntley, Jaleel Scott and Winston Rose are the three former Aggies who are on current NFL rosters.
• Huntley spend his debut 2020-21 season with the Philadelphia Eagles after getting drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
• Rose split time between the Cincinnati Bengals’ active roster and practice squad though 2020-21.
• Scott also split time between the active roster and practice squad of the New York Jets. He registered one reception for 18 yards during the 2020-21 season.
SCOUTING TARLETON STATE | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS
• Making their debut season in the NCAA Division I ranks, the FBS program is taking on the Aggies for the first time in program history Sunday afternoon.
• Tarleton is coming off of a heartbreaking 40-37 double-overtime loss to Southland Conference foe McNeese on Saturday, Feb. 13. McNeese scored 14 points in the final 2:46 of regulation to force overtime and sealed the deal with a touchdown in the second OT period.
• Braelon Bridges and Ryheem Skinner split time in the backfield for the Texans, accounting for 29 of the team’s 39 rushes. Bridges racked up 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the day while Skinner scampered for 55 and a score of his own.
• Steven Duncan spend the majority of the time under center for Tarleton, finishing with 217 yards and a touchdown strike in the loss.
• Duncan’s favorite target was Dray Roberson who latched on to 11 balls for 74 yards. Tariq Bitson led the Texans in receiving in the loss, amsssing 87 yards and the squad’s lone receiving score.
• The Texans’ defense recorded a pair of sacks and six TFLs in the loss. Leading the way was ChadWick Thibodeaux who totaled 14 stops, 1.5 TFLs and a half-sack. Bryson Collins added seven stops, one TFL and one sack for the Texans.