Mountain West Football Top 50: No. 35, San Diego State LB Ronley Lakalaka
Another Aztec defender, Ronley Lakalaka, claims a spot on our countdown of the Mountain West’s 50 best football players.
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How good can the young San Diego State linebacker be this fall?
Linebacker Ronley Lakalaka is the third San Diego State defender to make our top 50 list, following a 2016 in which he met expectations as a first-year starter.
As a sophomore, Lakalaka made 73 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack, and intercepted two passes. In other words, Lakalaka did a little bit of everything for a defense that could do a little bit of everything: 17th nationally in points per game allowed (20.2), 5th in yards per carry allowed (3.03) and takeaways (29).
Heading into his junior year, Lakalaka could easily build a case for himself as an all-conference performer at outside linebacker, the latest in a recent line of dynamic Aztecs at that position.