Team Previews: #49, San Diego State

By BenJ6257
May. 19, 2017

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Welcome to the 2017 CollegeSportsCoverage Top 50 preview. Every other day we preview a new team in my top 50 rankings. Todays team is:

The San Diego State Aztecs

Conference

Mountain West (West)

2016 Record

11-3

Mountain West Champions

Las Vegas Bowl Champions

Head Coach

Rocky Long (54-26, 7th year)

Coordinators

OC- Jeff Horton

DC- Danny Gonzales

Players Lost

RB Donnell Pumphrey

OL Nico Siragusa

CB Damontae Kazee

DE Alex Barrett

DE Kyle Kelley

Key Players

RB Rashad Penny

RB Juwan Pennington

QB Christian Chapman

Six Members of 2016’s OL two deep (starters+second strings)

DL Dakota Turner

Top Recruits/Class Rank

National Rank: 74

Mountain West Rank: 3

Top Recruits

RB Kaegun Williams

CB Darren Hall

QB Cam Roane

CB Tayari Venable

2016 Recap

In 2016 the Aztecs were lead by one story and one story only. Donnell Pumphrey’s quest to break the NCAA all time rushing record. This year however, SDSU will be left without one of the best rushers the game has ever seen. But they still boast one of the best backfields, if not the best, in the Mountain West as they bring back 1,000 yard rusher Rashad Penny and a new back in Juwan Pennington. On the other side of the ball the Aztecs don’t bring back the firepower they do on offense. The defense loses multiple players from last years squad at every level, but is loaded with young talent that was one of the most efficient at stopping explosive plays last year.

Schedule

Sep 2. UC Davis

Sep. 9. @ Arizona State

Sep. 16. Stanford

Sep. 23. @ Air Force

Sep. 30. Northern Illinois

Oct. 7. @ UNLV

Oct. 14. Boise State

Oct. 21. Fresno State

Oct. 28. @ Hawaii

Nov. 4. @ San Jose State

Nov. 18. Nevada

Nov. 25. New Mexico

Record Projection

W

L

L

W
W
W

L
W
W
W
W
W

(9-3)

MVPs

RB Rashad Penny

DL Dakota Turner