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San Diego State Aztecs 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

San Diego State Aztecs 2017 Preview

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The San Diego Aztecs look to continue their success with another Mountain West crown in 2017.

Overview: Rocky Long and the San Diego State Aztecs lost some quality talent from last season’s MWC championship squad  but the team has returning depth and recruits that make this squad a legitimate threat once again.

San Diego State Aztecs 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

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Offense: San Diego State lost all world running back Donnel Pumphrey who was the top back in college football in 2016 and was also a very good receiver out of the backfield but the cupboard is far from bare. The Aztecs return experience under center in Christian Chapman who was decent throwing the ball and limited mistakes so the passing attack could become more a part of the offense. Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington took a back seat to Pumphrey on the ground but in limited carries the duo proved to be productive and have tremendous potential for SDSU. Mikah Holder and tight end David Wells are the Aztecs top receiving options with several players getting a chance to prove themselves. San Diego State returns one starter on the offensive line but return all back ups so the unit has vast potential.

Defense: The San Diego State Aztecs were best known for Donell Pumphrey and a bruising rushing attack but this was a quality defensive team as well. The Aztecs graduated over 13 sacks and 20+ TFL at defensive end however and Noble Hall and Dakota Turner will be asked to fill that void. The SDSU line should be fine if this pair are viable at DE and the same could be said at linebacker where a few top contributors have departed and some talented back ups from 2016 will be asked to step in to bigger roles. The Aztecs are solid at safety with plenty of experience returning but there are some key departures at cornerback that need to be addressed. San Diego State played many different players in the secondary so the experience factor might not be a huge issue but this could change if injury forces some raw recruits in to action.

Special Teams: SDSU gets back punt returner Quest Truxton and ultra dependable placekicker John Baron II who was 21-23 on field goals and might get a shot at punting. Juwan Washington and Rashaad Penny are back to return kicks to give the Aztecs a top special teams unit.  

Outlook: The Aztecs did lose some incredible talent but there is quality depth  that saw the field in 2016 so don’t overlook San Diego State who will be competing for another MWC title.

Schedule:

9-2 vs. UC Davis

9-9 @ Arizona State

9-16 vs. Stanford

9-23 @ Air Force

9-30 vs. Northern Illinois

10-7 @ UNLV

10-14 vs. Boise State

10-21 vs. Fresno State

10-28 @ Hawaii

11-4 @ San Jose State

11-18 vs. Nevada

11-24 vs. New Mexico

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