“Aztecs-UNLV–Anything is Possible”
San Diego State plays a ‘gimme’ game this weekend, against lowly UNLV on the road.
All signs post to an Aztecs win that would take the team to (7-1) before they move into the really tough part of the schedule.
But there are never any guarantees in college football. The Rebels beat the slumping Aztecs at the end of last season, in San Diego, a stunning setback.
And there is horrible history too, back in the day, SDSU lost to an (0-10) UNLV team in the Ted Tollner era.
While the Aztecs are bowl eligible for the 10th year in a row, the Rebels are still a suffering program. 1-winning season since 200. 2-winning seasons since 1994. A myriad of coaches over the years, from the legendary John Robinson (USC) to the nationally famous current head coach, Tony Sanchez, who built a dynasty at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High. Nobody has won with any consistency.
The Rebels are (66-158) over the last two decades. The only winning seasons coming from Robinson, once, and Bobby Hauck, who wound up at SDSU as an assistant before taking the Montana job.
No one has has success in Las Vegas. But then again SDSU was a downtrodden program till Rocky Long took over.
Anything is possible, as witnessed by last year’s Rebels win.
Anything is possible if you consider UNLV won at Vanderbilt and San Jose State won at Arkansas, after the Aztecs won at UCLA.
Coach Rocky Long’s comments:
..We were in same situation last year, same record, and we started struggling-losing.
..No dominant team in our league
..No gimmes in the league.
..UNLV film against Vanderbilt-see how good they can be
..UNLV has not hit stride much, but they won at Vanderbilt-outplayed them
..UNLV has excellent athletes-and can play well.
..QB-don’t know who starter is going to be.
..Kenneth Oblad has played well as a freshman-good touch-good accuracy
..Buys time with his feet.but does not want to run…moves pocket
..Backup QB-Armani Rogers is a great athlete-runs well-but inconsistent.
..They have 3-QBs requiring different schemes.
..Charles Williams one of top RBs in league
..Runs tough, makes you miss, gets out in open he is dangerous
..He makes you honest when he carries the football.
..We practice half of our time on turf…half time on our grass field.
..Grass practice is easier on players.
..We need to do what we did in 2nd half against San Jose-run it-control ball
..The 2nd half last weekend was best we played all year in win at San Jose.
..Tony Sanchez-really good coach.
..You never know unless you are in the situation he is in.
..There’s no telling what issues are.
..If they give him plenty of time-he will succeed.
..Our team continues to work on improving offensive line penalties.
..I talk to former players if they want advice about their careers…NFL-CFL.
..Players got agents, family, all talking to players.
..I have not spoken to Donnell Pumprhrey about his career.
..DJ Pumphrey can play in NFL-has not hit the right spot at the right time.
..If he can play in the NFL-he can play in Canada
..I am not jumping into that-if players want advice-I will guide them.