2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 67 San Diego State Aztecs
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the San Diego State Aztecs
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No. 67: San Diego State Aztecs
San Diego State Aztecs Prespring Status
The two-time Mountain West champ might not have been able to get to a New Year’s Six bowl, and it might have sputtered last season against a South Alabama and in a clunker to Colorado State, but with 22 wins over the last two years – led by a dominant defense and a Donnel Pumphrey running game – this has become the league’s star program. Rocky Long has built a monster, but now it has to show staying power.
That could be a wee bit a problem with Pumphrey gone along with most of the offensive line on one side, and most of the defensive front departing on the other. There’s enough returning talent to keep the Aztecs from falling into the abyss, but can the program maintain the same high level – or come even close to it – considering the issues on the …
San Diego State Aztecs Biggest Issue
Offensive line. The defensive front six is a concern with the loss of Alex Barrett on one end and Calvin Munson from the linebacking corps, the but O line is the problem without future NFL starter Nico Siragusa at one guard spot, and tackles Kwayde Miller and Daniel Brunskill also finished. In all four starters are gone from the group that paved the way for Pumphrey’s 2,133-yard, 17-score season. However, if the O line can be okay …
San Diego State Aztecs Biggest Positive
The offense should still be fine, even without Pumphrey. Rashaad Penny is a more-than-capable back, while the receiving corps should be okay with leading target Mikah Holder back along with TE David Wells. Of course, Holder led the Aztecs with just 27 catches for 581 yards and five scores for an attack that doesn’t do too much through the air, but at least Christian Chapman is now a veteran quarterback who can potentially balance things out a little more.
Really, Why Are The San Diego State Aztecs Ranked Here?
This will still be one of the favorites to win the Mountain West – or at least the West Division – but it’s going to take a step back. Everything built up to last year’s monster team of veterans, but the Aztecs won’t be better without all the key linemen who were a big part of last year, along with Pumphrey.