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SDSU Football: Aztecs Looking To Be Victorious Against Washington.

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Sorry everyone that this post is coming a little late. With all of our authors now back in school we are getting back into the swing of things. San Diego State opens up the 2012/13 College football season in Seattle against the Washington Huskies.

A game that both teams are looking forward to playing. San Diego State is banking on the fact that Washington plays LSU the following week at LSU. This writeup will be on the upcoming San Diego State football game vs. the Washington Huskies. The game is set for a 7:30 p.m. PST kick off in Seattle, Washington at CenturyLink Field on September 1st.

Washington is going to need to come out firing on all cylinders if they plan on beating our San Diego State Aztecs! San Diego State had been picked to finish 5th their last season in the Mountain West Conference before the move to the Big East. If you have listed to any podcast’s that we have conducted with other prominent websites you will know that our Aztecs are looking forward to this game more than most. This game will be a defensive struggle and could easily turn into a high scoring game. Below is a list of everything people will want to know about San Diego State heading into this new football season.

The order of this article is as follows:

Washington and San Diego States Stats from last season.

Possible Key Players

Offensive Depth Chart

Defensive Depth Chart

Pre-Season Awards

Each section has been bolded for those who do not want to read the entire post. If you own a local business in San Diego and will be showing the game in your establishment please let us know. We are piecing together a list for Aztec fans which will be released on game day.

2011 Season Stats

Team Home/Away Pass YPG Rush YPG Pass Def Run Def
Washington Away 35th 63rd 116th 76th
Team Pass YPG Rush YPG Pass Def Run Def
San Diego State 49th  30th  55th  78th

Possible Key Offensive Players

QB Ryan Katz: This transfer from Oregon State has one hell of an arm. State fans have witnessed one of the slower quarterbacks in SDSU history in Ryan Lindley. That is not the story with Katz. He has good speed and shows great agility. I am hoping Katz will not need to demonstrate this speed in the up coming season. *No stats at SDSU*

Career Stats:
Passing: ….407 Att… 240 Comp…… 590 Pct% …… 2,737 Yards… 19 TD …. 12 INT……152.1 YPG
Rushing: …….95 Carries…….50 Yards……..(.5 YPC)…………2 TD.

RB Adam Muema: Adam Muema was given the difficult task taking of over for Ronnie Hillman during the Boise State game this past season. Muema had 13 carries, for 119 yards (9.2 YPC) and 2 TD’s. He also had 1 reception for 1 yard and 1 TD, on the receiving side of the offensive. Arizona State got obliterated by Boise State’s defense. Arizona State had 21 carries for negative 11 yards in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas, Nevada. SDSU has an extremely capable running back.

Career Stats:
Running:……..42 Carries……… 253 Yards……6.0 (YPC)…….3 TD.
Receiving:……..2 Receptions…….3 Yards……1.5 (YPC)…….1 TD.

TE Gavin Escobar: Gavin Escobar is a future NFL Draft pick. Escobar will be the main offensive weapon for the Aztecs this up coming season. The Jr. Tight end is top 10 in all receiving categories for tights ends and in most categories top 5. Escobar was a major target for Ryan Lindley in bowl games and on third down situations. Gavin Escobar is the best tight end in the Mountain West Conference!

Career Stats:
Receiving:…….80 Receptions…….1,103 Yards….. 13.2 (YPC)…….11 TD.

WR Brice Butler: Butler transferred from the University of Southern California (USC) this past summer into San Diego State. Butler wanted the opportunity to play in the NFL and he would not get the opportunity he wants, reason for transferring. Butler will be a first string wide receiver at San Diego State. Marking the first time since Vincent Brown (Chargers) and DeMarco Sampson (Cardinals) the Aztecs have had a real speed and position receiver. *No stats at SDSU*

Career Stats:
Receiving:…….41 Receptions……..554 Yards……13.2 (YPC)……… 3 TD.

WR Colin Lockett: Lockett is a member of the crew that took over for Vincent Brown (Chargers) and Demarco Sampson (Cardinals). He struggled at some points throughout the season with drops. Lockett was a defensive back the season before, and was converted to wide receiver due to injuries. I expect Lockett to have a breakout season.

Career Stats:
Running:……….7 Carries……….. 96 Yards……13.7 (YPC)…….0 TD.
Receiving:…….58 Receptions……..970 Yards……16.7 (YPC)……… 8 TD.

WR Dylan Denso: Denso is another member of the crew that took over for Vincent Brown (Chargers) and DeMarco Sampson (Cardinals). Denso has speed that the Aztecs will need. He has been working on his has and working on becoming a position receiver.

Career Stats:
Receiving:…….53 Receptions……..673 Yards……11.4 (YPC)……… 3 TD.

WR Dominique Sandifer: Sandifer is the last remaining member of the crew that took over for Vincent Brown (Chargers) and DeMarco Sampson (Cardinals). Sandifer is a veteran member of this receiving core and believe combined with the veteran Brice Butler will have the Aztecs receiving core ready to go.

Career Stats:
Running:……….1 Carrie……….. 14 Yards…… 14 (YPC)…….1 TD.
Receiving:……..49 Receptions…….561 Yards…… 11.5 (YPC)…….2 TD.

Offensive Depth Chart

This is the depth chart as provided on GoAztecs.com. To shorten the length of this article we are only listing the depth chart first and second string. The first string has been denoted with the color red. To see the full depth chart please go to GoAztecs.com for more information. We have also left out the speciality and special teams depth charts.

LEFT TACKLE (LT)
78 Bryce Quigley, 6-5, 295, Jr.**
66 Riley Gauld, 6-5, 300, Sr.*

LEFT GUARD (LG)
65 Japheth Gordon, 6-3, 295. Jr.-SQ
72 Darrell Greene, 6-4, 300, Fr.-RS

CENTER (C)
71 Alec Johnson, 6-3, 300, Sr.**
51 Jimmy Miller, 6-3, 290, Sr.-SQ

RIGHT GUARD (RG)
68 Nik Embernate, 6-4, 300, Sr.***
51 Jimmy Miller, 6-3, 290, Sr.-SQ

RIGHT TACKLE (RT)
64 Zach Dilley, 6-5, 295, So.-SQ
79 Terry Poole, 6-5, 300, Jr.-TR

WIDE RECEIVER (X)
3 Ezell Ruffin, 6-1, 205, So.-SQ
19 Brice Butler, 6-3, 205, Sr.-TR
18 Dominique Sandifer, 6-0, 195, Sr.**
80 Larry Clark, 6-4, 210, Fr.-RS

RUNNING BACK (TB)
4 Adam Muema, 5-10, 205, So.*
34 Walter Kazee, 5-9, 190, Sr.***

QUARTERBACK (QB)
5 Ryan Katz, 6-1, 210, Sr.-TR
6 Adam Dingwell, 6-4, 210, So.*

FULLBACK (FB)
40 Chad Young, 5-10, 230, Jr.**
31 Chris Gordert, 6-0, 230, Sr.*

TIGHT END (TE)
88 Gavin Escobar, 6-6, 255, Jr.**
44 Adam Roberts, 6-3, 235, So.*

WIDE RECEIVER (Z)
24 Colin Lockett, 6-0, 180, Jr.**
10 Dylan Denso, 6-2, 205, Jr.**
41 Tim Vizzi, 5-10, 170, Jr.-TR
86 Jemond Hazely, 6-1, 185, Fr.-RS

Defensive Depth Chart

DEFENSIVE END (DE)
97 Dontrell Onuoha, 6-2, 265, So*
99 Jon Sanchez, 6-2, 265, Fr.-RS

DEFENSIVE TACKLE (DT)
98 Sam Meredith, 6-4, 275, So.*
94 Robert Craighead, 6-3, 265, Fr.-RS

DEFENSIVE END (DE)
59 Jordan Thomas, 6-1, 255, Jr.**
47 Cody Galea, 6-3, 265, So.*

LINEBACKER (LB)
36 Nick Tenhaeff, 6-2, 225, Jr.**
48 Josh Gavert, 6-2, 220, So.*

MIDDLE LINEBACKER (MLB)
42 Jake Fely, 5-10, 210, So.*
44 Rob Andrews, 6-2, 220, Sr.***

LINEBACKER (LB)
37 Vaness Harris, 6-2, 255, Jr.*
50 Derek Largent, 6-4, 235, So.-TR
54 Micah Seau, 6-3, 235, Fr.-HS

WARRIOR (WAR)
39 Rene Siluano, 5-10, 180, Jr.**
26 Marcus Andrews, 6-0, 190, Jr.**

AZTEC (AZ)
20 Nat Berhe, 5-10, 190 Jr.**
33 Brandon Wright, 5-11, 205, Fr.-RS

WARRIOR (WAR)
6 Gabe Lemon, 5-10, 195, Jr.**
27 Eric Pinkins, 6-3, 215, Jr.**

CORNERBACK (CB)
12 Josh Wade, 6-0, 190, Sr.**
21 Mahbu Keels, 6-1, 175, So.*

Pre-Season Awards List

The CFPA bases each award on players’ statistics and impact on their team’s success. Up to todays date two Aztecs find themselves on the CFPA awards list.  CFPA is known as the College Football Performance Awards. Also listed are national awards.

2012 CFPA Defensive Back Trophy
Leon McFadden, San Diego State

2012 CFPA All-Purpose Trophy
Colin Lockett, San Diego State

2012 CFPA Kick Return Trophy
Colin Lockett, San Diego State

2012 Doak Walker Watch List
Walter Kazee, San Diego State

2012 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List
Collin Locket, San Diego State

2012 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List
Gavin Escobar, San Diego State

2012 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List
Alec Johnson, San Diego State

The 2012 CFPA Offensive Awards have yet to be released. We are expecting some Aztecs to be named to the list. Some men whom we are expecting to be name to the list are. (TE) Gavin Escobar, (C) Alec Johnson and possibly (WR) Brice Butler. When the awards are released they will be added to this post.

These are members of the San Diego State Aztec Football team that have been named to the Athlon Sports 2012 preseason all-Mountain West team.

First Team: Gavin Escobar (TE) and Leon McFadden (CB).

Second Team: Colin Lockett (WR) and Nat Berhe (S).

These are members of the San Diego State Aztec Football team that have been named to Phil Steele’s 2012 Preseason all-Mountain West team.

First Team: Colin Lockett (WR), Gavin Escobar (TE) and Leon McFadden (CB).

Second Team: Brice Butler (WR), Alec Johnson (C), Nic Embernate (OG), and Nat Berhe (S).

Third Team: Colin Lockett (KR), Jake Fely (LB).

Fourth Team: Ryan Katz (QB), Dylan Denso (WR).

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About DavidSDSU (1126 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I have been a guest on all San Diego Sports Radio & TV stations. My articles have been linked to news websites all over the United States. I run this website in my spare time for fun. At my day job, I am a Digital Assistant for STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry.

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