Aztecs–At A Crossroads:——–
San Diego State-Boise State.
The top two teams in the Mountain West Conference, or at least they used to be.
They play Friday night on the Blue Carpet in Idaho.
But times have changed.
Boise has fallen from glory in the MWC. Coaching changes, the loss of recuits, quarterbacks in the transfer portal. And maybe rock-bottom just last week, getting blasted by lowly UTEP.
San Diego State is trying to navigate thru stormy waters. The ;second worst passing attack in the NCAA, ranked 130th out of 131-in stats.
A quarterback controversy that won’t go away,whether that is the struggles of starter Braxton Burmeister, and a young offensive offensive line trying to learn under fire.
Both schools stung by the transfer portal. The Aztecs Will Haskill bailing out last week. And then on M9nday night, Boise State’s Hank Bachemeir, a third yewar starter, jumping ship after Boise fired its offensive coordinator.
So Brady Hoke has a short work week to get ready for Friday night’s game. Whomever loses is in big trouble in the conference race. Someone needs to make a statement.
Coach Brady Hoke:
Proud of team coming back to beat Toledo.
We beat a very dynamic quarterback
The Aztecs played really hard to win
What we saw Saturday was a cornerstone of our team
Mental-physical toughness as a team is what we are
Most proud of what SDSU has become.
Toughness in situational football meant a difference
These kids compete really hard
Kids did well under pressure when it mattered
Our 4-turnovers made the difference
Special teams had 2-stops inside 20
Return team had 2-kicks back beyond 30
Jack Browning had 5-long punts and 50-yard field goal.
Winning conference championships is important going to Boise
Dirk Koetter will throw the football-good track record
Coaches don’t play-kids do
What will they do on offense?
QB-Talen Green was nationally recruited-he can throw and run
Jack Browning went on scholarships-great work mentality about him
Team is happy he got scholarship
Offense-take all things put together-it’s timing, hold line of scrimmage, not beat press coverage…something breaks down on these plays.
We are a different team this year
Young upfront-they are improving
QB must make good decisions
We are addressing our problems
We have the right people..the guys upfront
We will run the football and we will
Braxton struggles…keep eyes down the field
Braxton is under seige virtually all the time
We must recognize the blitz, the stunts, twists
He has an instinct-when he feels the pressure
Braxton has Tom Brady mentality-will run when it is there
His ability to run makes you chage your playbook
You see what he brings to the table-we want to design runs for him
I am not going to hold him back
Jeff Hecklinski does a good job divy up snaps running backs
We know Armstead…Byrd
Kenon Christan has strong bursts
Chance Bell will be ready to play
Pat McMorris cleared to practice
Jaylen Armstead might not be ready ankle
Jalen Mayden-alot of snaps at safety..he has been mentally into it at safety
He made real progress in practice and played a nice job
Short work week..coaches staying all night..work out game plan
Alot of walk thru stuff…not physical practices..get them ready
Know Koetter offense will be different…QB runs..faster tempo..
I have not been to Boise since 1992-when I was at Oregon State
Transfer portal…Look at Will in his situation
I had more conversations with Will…wanted to leave
Haskell and Boise QB-Hank Bachemeir- both wanted to play..that’s why they transferred.
We got back to aggressive defense vs Toledo
We’ve seen mobile QBs before-know what Boise will run
True freshman QB…eyes get big…think Green is a good quarterback
Boise-hostile environment-they are proud team
Not a different feel playing on Blue turf in Boise…field is the field
Fresh start-go win conference championship
Value playing Power 5…we learn what did right…not did right
There’s no plus in losing…learning from it
Play on Friday…have 1-less day prepare for it..get body right..do film work
We have the run game going..we need to get passing game going
Braxton made something happen by running
Our offense has to grow…protect the QB then run the ball
We have used short passing game
Talk about Aztecs football…it takes all eleven
Braxton is a heck of an athlete at QB
Stunned ranked 130th in nation in passing
Left Washington..family aspect
Huskies doing is amazing