By Rick White
Former Clovis standout Nathan Nuttall is scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery today, according to the New Mexico State coaching staff.
A 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt freshman, Nuttall was battling for a starting spot at strong safety for the Aggies until he was injured Aug. 15 during practice.
“It’s a tough deal for him,” New Mexico State safeties coach Clayton Carlin said. “It’s not only a loss for us at the safety spot but on special teams.”
Carlin said Nuttall was also on all four of the Aggies’ special team units.
“We’re confident he’s going to bounce back from this and we’re expecting some big things from him before he’s done,” Carlin said.
Nuttall has impressed the Aggies coaching staff with his physical play and coachability, Carlin said.
“He has all the qualities we look for in a safety. He’s the kind of guy that will come up and hit you.”
The Aggies opened their season Sunday at fifth-ranked Texas.
Nuttall rushed for more than 1,600 yards and scored 27 touchdowns while helping Clovis go undefeated and win the Class 5A state title in 2001. He played safety at CHS as a junior.
Nuttall could not be reached for comment.