Yesterday, the Sun Belt Conference released it’s All-Conference teams and individual awards. The 12 coaches in the league, along with the media, are the ones responsible for it. I agreed with most of their selections, but found one major mistake: New Mexico State running back Larry Rose III got snubbed. The senior from Fairfield, Texas made the Second-Team, but he should have been a unanimous choice for the First-Team, if not the Offensive Player of the Year.
Larry Rose III is going to graduate the historically inept football school of New Mexico State as arguably the greatest player to ever put on an Aggies uniform. In his career, he has rushed for 4,425 yards and 36 touchdowns on the ground. He has accumulated over 5,500 yards of total offense and 41 total touchdowns. He is 170 total yards away from breaking the Sun Belt offensive yards mark set last year by former Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire. Larry Rose was the 2015 Sun-Belt Offensive Player of the Year for his league-best 1,651 rush yards and 1,940 total yards.
This year, wasn’t the greatest year statistically for Larry, as far as rushing yards go. The product of a pass-happy offense, Rose ran for 807 yards and 9 touchdowns in his 11-games of action (he missed the Georgia Southern game due to injury). However, Rose has been an electrifying receiver out of the backfield. He was second on the team in receptions (49) and third in yards (474), along with 2 receiving touchdown. When you combine his rushing and receiving total, he easily leads the league in offensive yards.
No offense to Idaho senior Aaron Duckworth (1,025 rush yards and 4 touchdowns) or Appalachian State’s Jalin Moore (912 rush yards and 9 TDs), but Larry Rose got outright snubbed in the First-team selection. Obviously, this isn’t the end of the worlds things are finally looking up for New Mexico State. The Aggies are going to their first bowl game since 1960! On December 29, NMSU takes on Utah State (coincidentally also nicknamed the Aggies) in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson at 3:30 P.M, Mountain Time. Be sure to watch New Mexico State play in their first bowl game in 57 years!