College Football Preview: The 2015 San Diego State Aztecs
San Diego State Aztecs Preview
2014 Record: 7-6
The San Diego State Aztecs have enough weapons on both sides of the ball to be a force in the MWC West.
Overview: San Diego State is a team to keep an eye on in 2015 although there are some areas of concern as in quarterback and linebacker. If the unknowns turn out to be adequate the Aztecs won’t be a team opponents want to see.
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Offense: The obvious strength for San Diego State was their pounding rushing attack which shouldn’t change with Donnel Pumphrey bringing back almost 1,900 yards with a less explosive Chase Price adding 674 yards. The Aztecs weakness was throwing with Quinn Kaehler completing 55% of his throws for 2,157 yards with nine scores and 12 picks. Former Kentucky QB Maxwell Smith and three star freshman Christian Chapman might be competing for the job but whoever gets the nod will be throwing to Lloyd Mills (22-307) and Eric Judge (24-474) and some highly ranked signees. Three offensive lineman return but SDSU is void of experience otherwise which is a concern for a running team.
Defense: A defense that allowed a mere 19 points has many back and it all starts up front where four of their top five are back with a few three star recruits coming in as well. Alex Barrett and Jon Sanchez lead the way with a combined 16.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks. The linebacking crew did lose three of the top four but Calvin Munson is back and was the unit’s best with 10.5 TFL, four sacks and four interceptions. Throe in several three star athletes to fill vacancies and this should be a solid group. The secondary gets back everybody which means this unit could be even better if the front seven are adequate.
Special Teams: Punter Loel Alesi is gone and his 36 yard average doesn’t say that nearly 70% of his kicks were not returned. Donny Hagemann was a weapon at place kicker as he nailed 17-21 attempts including 5-6 from 40+ yards. Rashaad Penny averaged 25 yards on kick returns and Lloyd Mills brought back 18 punts for 11.4 yards and a score.