San Diego State Aztecs QB Christian Chapman Predicts Breakout Season.
The junior quarterback at San Diego State knows the spotlight is on him now that Donnel Pumphrey has gone pro.
With a solid year under his belt, Aztecs QB Christian Chapman plans to have a breakout season.
In the midst of Mountain West Conference football media days, it sure looks like Christian Chapman has the swagger of a bonafide starting quarterback.
The junior starter feels the difference a year makes with running back Donnel Pumphrey going pro. Chapman sat down with FOX 5 San Diego and discussed his future with the Aztecs team for the 2017 season.
“This is the season that is a breakout season for me. I’ve got my experience in the last two seasons and I feel this can be a big one for me and put us on the map,” Chapman said. “I’m at that role now where I am the guy that helps the younger guys out and the leadership role.”
In 2016, his first full season as a starting quarterback, Chapman filled the game manager role and kept the ball in the hands of Pumphrey.
He was accurate and threw more touchdowns than Maxwell Smith in his short time at San Diego State. Chapman’s progression has gotten the attention of both head coach Rocky Long and Chapman’s own confidence.
The previous season was essential for Chapman’s development as a starter. He received regular snaps and played with the first team offense knowing his job security.
“I’m comfortable now and I know what I’m doing and I’m excited to put it on field and show I know what I’m doing,” Chapman said.
Long knew recruiting Chapman was his guy for the future. In 2015 Maxwell Smith transferred from a SEC school to start at San Diego State, Chapman was always the better quarterback.
“He’s developed into a better quarterback as he’s played, so we expect him to make more plays on his own this year than in the past,” Long told Fox 5. “I think with the way we’ve been able to run the ball in the past, he’s been a game manager. I think he’s going to be more than that this year.”
Chapman cemented Long’s hunches when he immediately made a difference as a starter during the final games of the 2015 season, especially the Mountain West championship game where he earned the honor of Most Valuable Offensive Player.
Since then there’s no looking back for Chapman. He helped push Pumphrey to a NCAA record-breaking season and has earned the trust of his teammates. The Aztecs feel like they’re in great hands and finally here is an Aztec quarterback with the skills and confidence to finally be a top end quarterback.