San Diego State Announce Depth Chart For UC Davis Opener

San Diego State Announce Depth Chart For UC Davis Opener

San Diego State

San Diego State Announce Depth Chart For UC Davis Opener

Aztecs announce starting lineup and backups for season opener.

Aztecs look ready for their home opener against UC Davis next Saturday.

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San Diego State will kick off the 2017-18 football season at home against UC Davis on Sept. 2nd. Recently, the Aztecs finalized their starting lineup and second string for their home opener next Saturday.

Here is a summary of the announcements made by head coach Rocky Long:

  • Long announced that 6-foot sophomore, Ryan Agnew, will be the backup to Christian Chapman, despite the competition from Rutgers graduate transfer Chris Laviano.
  • The Aztecs have redshirt freshmen, Isiah Macklin and Tim Wilson, ahead of seniors Mikah Holder and Quest Truxton at wide receiver. Last season, Holder finished with 27 catches for 581 yards, and Truxton had 11 catches for 156 yards.

Long spoke about his decision at wide receiver (via the San Diego Union-Tribune)

“It’s based on performance. The other guys have more experience and you could base it on last year’s performance, but we don’t do that around here. We base it on the performance daily, and those two guys have outperformed the other guys.”

  • The only true freshman to land a starting position was safety, Tariq Thompson. However, the Aztecs have three true freshmen – left guard Dominic Gudino, middle linebacker Andrew Aleki, and safety Dareen Hall as backups.
  • The Aztecs offensive line will include two redshirt freshmen, Tyler Roemer at left tackle and Keith Ismael at center.
  • Redshirt freshman Chase Jasmin is listed as the third running back behind Rashaad Penny and Juwan Washington.
  • Sophomore transfer Brandon Heicklen will be the starting punter over Garrett Erickson.
  • Senior tight end David Wells and defensive tackle Sergio Phillips are listed as starters but will have to prove they are healthy enough to play. Phillips returns from suffering a concussion and Wells has been hurt with a foot injury that needed surgery.

Here is a list of the Aztecs two-deep roster they will roll out this week during practice:


Offensive Linemen

Starters: Redshirt-Fr. LT Tyler Roemer, So. LG Daishawn Dixon, Redshirt-Fr. C Keith Ismael, Sr. RG Antonio Rosales, Jr. RT Ryan Pope

Backups: Redshirt-Fr. LT Zach Thomas, Fr. LG Dominic Gudino, Jr. C Garrison Young, So. RG Nick Gerhard, Jr. RT Joe Salcedo


Starter: Jr. Chrisitan Chapman

Backups: So. Ryan Agnew, Gr. -TR Chris Laviano

Running backs

Starters: Sr. TB Rashaad Penny, Sr. FB Nick Bawden

Backups: So. TB Juwan Washington, So. FB Isaac Lessard

Wide Receivers

Starters: Redshirt-Fr. Isiah Macklin, Redshirt-Fr. Tim Wilson

Backups: Jr. Fred Trevillion or Sr. Mikah Holder, Sr. Quest Truxton or Redshirt Fr. Collin Andrews

Tight Ends

Starter: Sr. David Wells

Backup: So. Parker Houston


Defensive linemen

Starters: Jr. DE Noble Hall, Sr. DT Sergio Phillips, So. DE Myles Cheatum

Backups: Jr. DE Chibu Onyeukwu, Jr. DT Damon Moore Sr. DE Randy Ricks


Starters: So. Troy Cassidy, Sr. MLB Jay Henderson, Jr. Ronley Lakalaka

Backups: Sr. Ryan Dunn or Sr. Tyler Morris, Fr. MLB Andrew Aleki, So. Kyahva Tezino

Defensive Backs

Starters: So. CB Ron Smith, Fr. S Tariq Thompson, Jr. S Parker Baldwin, Sr. S Trey Lomax, Sr. CB Kameron Kelly

Backups: So. CB Kyree Wood, So. S Trenton Thompson, Redshirt-FR. S Will Stricklin II or Redshirt-Fr. Dwayne Johnson Jr., Fr. S Darren Hall, So. CB Garrett Binkley


Place-kicker/kickoffs: Jr. John Baron II

Backup: So. Garrett Erickson

Punter: So. Brandon Heicklen

Backup: Erickson

Long snapper: Jr. Marc Ellis

Backup: Redshirt-Fr. Turner Bernard

Short snapper: So. SS Parker Houston

Backup: Bernard

Holder: Mikah Holder

Kick returner: Sr. Rashaad Penny

Backup: So. Juwan Washington

Punt returner: Sr. Quest Truxton

Backup: Washington

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