It was after Monday's spring practice that San Diego State head coach Rocky Long said that if the season started today that four wide receivers would get most of the playing time: Colin Lockett, Ezell Ruffin, Tim Vizzi and Dylan Denso.
"I think they have all gotten bigger and stronger," Rocky Long explained. "They are learning a new offense and I think they are more confident in themselves than they were this time last year. They have played a lot more and a year older."
No receiver impressed more at practice on Monday than Ruffin who reeled in a couple of long balls.
"The quarterback just threw me the ball and I just do what I do, make plays," Ruffin said. "That's what I'm here to do. Make the plays when I can."
The junior is coming off a 17-reception, 319-yard sophomore season that he'll look to build upon to take that next step in his development.
"He keeps growing up and that's what you see," SDSU wide receivers coach LeCharls McDaniel said of Ruffin. "As guys get older they keep growing up. We want to keep him growing."
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Long Beach product showed a flash of potential last season when he had five catches for 132 yards against Army in the second game of the season.
"Just make the routine play," Ruffin said what he needs to focus on to make that next step. "Start off the small, make the routine catches, blocks and everything just starts to come together from there."
The Aztecs also have four-to-five wide receivers coming in the freshmen class with a newcomer to keep a close eye on.
"One is a prep school guy that is 6-foot-3," Long said. "We are looking for a guy who is a little taller than the ones we got."
That "guy" is Jireh Prep wideout Christian Cumberlander who chose the Aztecs over Oregon and Auburn.
There might be a new twist to the spring game on Saturday.
Coach Long is undecided if he will let players draft teams, something he hasn't done before, or just divide the squad in half.
Last year the first team offense - second defense was on one team and the second offense – first defense was on the other.
"I would say that if we do draft that the first offensive line and second offensive line will be together," Long said. "We won't split those guys up, where you might split everyone else up but not the two offensive lines."
Long and his staff will come to a final decision after Wednesday's practice. The determining factor comes down to if he thinks it will be more beneficiary for the team's development by keeping units together.
"You don't want one team to have an unfair advantage over the other team," Long added. "There are two or three positions that the first string is a whole lot better than the other guys."
As usual the winning team will receive a steak dinner, while the losing team ends up with hot dogs.
-Tight end Adam Roberts has a "small fracture of some small bone in his foot" an MRI revealed. He's expected to be out five-to-six weeks.
-Long said no cornerbacks have established themselves yet.
=Linebacker Vaness Harris (ankle) practiced on Monday but didn't participate in the scrimmage.
-True sophomore Austin Maass would be backup center to Zack Dilley if the season started today.
-The Aztecs tight end situation is beginning to surface.
"I think we got two and three others who got to develop," Long said. "I think (Robert) Craighead has had a nice spring. I think Adam Roberts can play. He was doing well until he got injured. He played a lot last year. He should be good. I think the other tight ends have a long way to go so they have to keep working and get better."
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