Best San Diego State Offensive Player
RB Juwan Washington, Jr.
NEXT. It’s not fair to expect anyone to run for over 2,000 yards like Donnel Pumphrey did in 2016 and Rashaad Penny did last year, but Washington appears to be ready to be the next star up.
He’s only 5-7 and 190 pounds, but he’s physical for his size and has the lightning fast speed to hit the home run. In a limited role, he still managed to run for 759 yards and seven scores, averaging six yards per carry. And he can catch a little bit, too. If he can stay in one piece, the numbers will be enormous.
2. OT Tyler Roemer, Soph.
3. QB Christian Chapman, Sr.
4. OG Daishawn Dixon, Jr.
5. OT Ryan Pope, Sr.
Best San Diego State Defensive Player
LB Ronley Lakalaka, Sr.
A big-time tackler from his sophomore season on, he followed up a 73-stop season with 82 tackles with three sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss in an all-star season. He’s not all that big at 6-0 and 225 pounds, and he doesn’t do a whole lot behind the line, but he’s as tough and physical as any linebacker in the Mountain West.
2. S Tariq Thompson, Soph.
3. S Parker Baldwin, Sr.
4. DE Noble Hall, Sr.
5. CB Ron Smith, Jr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
FB Isaac Lessard, Jr.
There’s nothing unsung about the fullback position in the San Diego State offense. Longtime starter Nick Bawden was a blaster who could catch a little bit, too. The 6-3, 240-pound Lessard has just enough experience to not have to start from scratch, but Bawden was one of the key pieces to the puzzle.
Key Game To The San Diego State Season
at Stanford, Aug. 31
You want to make a massive statement, San Diego State? You want to be this year’s really big thing and get over that hump to be the team to watch out for in the New Year’s Six race? Do it again.
Last year’s Aztec team held down Bryce Love and the Cardinal in a 20-17 win, and that came off a win at Arizona State. Beat Stanford again, beat Arizona State again, and the expectations will be set.
2017 San Diego State Fun Stats
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: SDSU 130 – Opponents 69
– 4th Down Conversions: SDSU 4-of-9 (44%) – Opponents 4-of-18 (22%)
– Rushing Yards: SDSU 3,282 – Opponents 1,765