Team preview: New Mexico State

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 28, 2004
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New Mexico State coach Tony Samuel looks at the Aggies' 3-9 record of last year as an aberration.

"It really wasn't that bad,'' Samuel said. "I really thought we were on track, but in our league, with the early schedule we have to play, injuries can be such a factor. We've got a lot of those players healed up and back and we're working hard. We should be OK this year.''

Samuel, 29-51 in seven years at New Mexico State, seemed to have the program headed in the right direction with five wins in 2001 and seven in 2002. Last year that positive momentum came to a halt.

Still, Samuel says there is still plenty of excitement about the future. The record numbers of fans who have turned out to watch Samuel's teams would agree.