1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Friday…”Aztecs Football-Arrow Pointing Up”

Posted by on July 21st, 2017  •  0 Comments  • 

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“Aztecs Football-The Arrow is Pointed Up”

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It’s been quite a run at San Diego State. What Brady Hoke started, what Rocky Long has delivered. His record on Montezuma Mesa is (56-24).

Mountain West Conference titles, bowl games, bowl wins, and now a Top 25-ranking heading into training camp.

It’s been a nice start to the career of young QB-Christian Chapman, forced on the field as a raw freshman, and developing strong leadership skills, mistake free play calls, and a calmness, as he prepares to start his 3rd season in a row with the Red & Black. By the time he is done, he could top the successes that Ryan Lindley and Kevin O’Connell had.

Both had lots to say at Aztecs Media Day.

Rocky Long-Quotes..

..”OL-Big-Strong-Talented-Inexperienced”

..”Unique schedule…7-homes games have never had that-host Boise State”
..”Wants to play 2-PAC 12-teams every year-show we can play with them”
..”Preseason ranking is great-sets bar really high for program”
..”Believes there will be more college expansion of conferences coming”

..”Critical season SDSU-show we belong in rankings”
..”Home-Home schedules with Power 5-teams gives us chance to win”
..”Mountain West-loaded with talent..10-veteran QBs return”

..”Christian Chapman must make passes down field-no longer just manage games”
..”Rashaad Penny-versatile-runs with power-has quickness-catch ball-speed-makes people miss…a 225-pound load”.
..”Juwan Washington will rotate with Penny”

..”1 of freshman running backs-Kaliel Williams-Texas may play”
..”Chase Jasmin becomes key addition as backup RB also”

..”Fred Truvillion-JUCO-WR-Mississippi-has had great spring”
..”QB-Chris Laviano-transfer Rutgers-started 2-years..we need maturity backup.”
..”Expects to redshirt both freshman QBs-including Marc Salazar-Rancho Bernardo”

..”Defensive front seven in solid, but we must get 18-year old safeties to hold up against veteran receivers…18-year olds never win the battles”

QB-Christian Chapman-Quotes

..”I am a player with experience now-feels so different”
..”I know what to expect on game-day”
..”Time to also step up and teach young guys about what this is like”
..”Thumb surgery-completely healthy..100% go time”

..”I understand defenses…recognize things…know playbook”
..”I have become a student of the game in the video room”

..”We were all blessed to be part of the DJ Pumphrey experience”
..”He was a gamer-he didn’t care who you were-how big you were”

..”Rashaad Penny is a beast-great potential”
..”Penny has all the ingredients..size-speed-versatility-run-catch”

..”Passing game in the past-we didn’t have to throw much.”
..”We have to throw much more this year-not just lean on run game”
..”We will open it up this year”
..”We have added bullets in the gun, new WR-Fred Truvillion..growth of Mica Holder..Quest Truxton”
..”Look for our TEs to become a bigger part of pass game too”

..”I love playing Power 5-teams-it can put us on the map”

..”Kid offensive line has come a long way-but will have to grow quick”.
..”Key for the kid OL-recognize defenses-that comes from studying film”\
..”Biggest transition for them-speed of the pass rush guys”

..”This could be breakout year for the program with the preseason rankings”

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