December 24th on ESPN at 8 pm Eastern Time San Diego State Aztecs will face the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Hawai’i Bowl.
The Aztecs are 10-3 (8-0) and the Mountain West Conference Champions, in their conference championship game they beat Air Force 27-24.
The Aztecs offense is led by offensive coordinator Jeff Horton. Horton has the Aztecs averaging 31.4 points and 378.3 yards per game this season.
Because of an injury to starting quarterback Maxwell Smith it seems the Bearcats will have to face redshirt freshman Christian Chapman. Chapman started in the MWC Championship game which the Aztecs won. In that game Chapman threw for 203 yards on 9 of 14, 1 touchdown and ran for 32 yards on 6 carries. He played in 8 games this season, but mostly in mop up duty.
It’s not a secret that the Aztecs are a run first team as running back Donnel Pumphrey has run for 1,554 yards and 16 touchdowns. Running back Chase Price has almost run for 1,000 yards himself as he has 940 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The teams leading receiver is Donnel Pumphrey who has 27 catches for 397 yards and 3 touchdowns. The leading receiver that is actually a receiver is Mikah Holder who is second on the team with 23 catches in first in yards with 425; he also has team leading 5 touchdown receptions.
The Aztecs defense is led by defensive coordinator Rocky Long. Long has his Aztecs allowing 17.2 points and 278.9 yards per game.
The heart of the defense is linebacker Calvin Munson who is the team leader in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks. Munson has 91 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. This team last has three other players with at least 70 tackles linebacker Jake Fely 77, defensive back Na’im McGee 72 and defensive back Malik Smith 72.
Defensive back Damontae Kazee leads the team with 7 interceptions. Kazee also has 69 tackles and 14 passes defensed.
This unit is the backbone of this team so it should be interesting in Hawaii.
|San Diego State Aztecs Depth Chart - 2015|
|WR||Mikah Holder||Eric Judge|
|TE||Daniel Brunskill||David Wells|
|LT||Kwayde Miller||David Servatius|
|LG||Nico Siragusa||Robert Craighead|
|C||Arthur Flores||Austin Maass|
|RG||Darrell Greene||Robert Craighead|
|RT||Pearce Slater||Joe Salcedo|
|WR||Jermond Hazely||Curtis Anderson III|
|QB||Christian Chapman||Jake Rodrigues|
|FB||Dakota Gordon||Nick Bawden|
|HB||Donnel Pumphrey||Chase Price|
|Base 3-3-5 Defense|
|LDE||Jon Sanchez||Jordan Watson|
|NT||Alex Barrett||Noble Hall|
|RDE||Kyle Kelley||Julian Rochelin|
|LOLB||Jake Fely||Austin Wyatt-Thayer|
|MLB||Ryan Dunn||Randy Ricks|
|ROLB||Calvin Munson||Ronley Lakalaka|
|CB||J.J. Whittaker||Billy Vaughn, Jr.|
|SS||Malik Smith||Derek Babiash|
|FS||Na'im McGee||Parker Baldwin|
|SS||Kameron Kelly||Trey Lomax|
|CB||Damontae Kazee||Pierre Romain|