Five Questions Heading into Red & Black Game

The five questions heading into Red & Black (Spring) game on Saturday...

1. What to expect from the new offensive scheme of offensive coordinator Bob Toledo?

There is no question that Adam Dingwell is the starting quarterback and he'll be throwing the ball to four wide receivers: Colin Lockett, Ezell Ruffin, Tim Vizzi and Dylan Denso.

The unknown lies within new offensive coordinator Bob Toledo, who came out of semi-retirement to coach alongside his old friend Rocky Long, and what his new system will do for this squad.

Aztec players already love what they have seen so far, as Dingwell and his wide receiver's think the offense is built for passing. Toledo has mentioned before it's also a tailback-oriented offense, as he hopes to give Adam Muema 30 "touches" per game this season.

In other terms the offense is built to score.

SDSU fans will get their first glance come Saturday afternoon.

2. Who will fill the holes at cornerback?

San Diego State lost both Leon McFadden and Josh Wade to graduation.

Now the Aztecs have six cornerbacks with no starters yet.

Junior King Holder is the most experienced returner and has looked solid during spring camp.

As late as this past week Long said no individual cornerback has separated himself from the pack to earn a starting gig.

It showed on Monday when J.J. Whittaker, Pierre Romain and Mahbu Keels all saw action with the first team. While David Lamar and Damontae Kazee ran with the second team.

AztecReport will have a close eye on this situation.

3. Who will be this year's Adam Dingwell?

As mentioned many times, Dingwell is the starter but who will be behind the junior?

Right now it's between Quinn Kaehler, a walk-on JuCo transfer, and senior Jake Bernards.

"Kaehler and Jake are kind of competing for that position right now," Toledo said. "I hate doing that thing of name guys because then what happens in the summer is they go away and not work as hard. I want them to feel like they are all competing right now so they work hard this summer."

The battle won't be decided on Saturday but one will have the edge for a few months before facing off in fall camp.

4. How will the offensive line fare?

Coach Long said a few weeks ago that the left side of the offensive line is solidified, barring injuries, with Bryce Quigley at left tackle, Japheth Gordon playing left guard and Zack Dilley under center.

The final two spots are still open to competition and will most likely come down until about 10 days before the first game of the regular season.

Nico Siragusa and Terry Poole look to be the frontrunners at right guard and right tackle. The two have been running with the first team all spring camp.

Come Saturday the first team o-line will be playing together to keep the chemistry intact. While the second team will be on the other team, as individuals try to crack the starting lineup.

Offensive line coach Mike Schmidt will be looking for three guys among the second team to be the primary backups, building depth for the line.

5. What will the Aztecs do at tight end?

Another hole to fill is the tight end position with Gavin Escobar headed to the NFL.

Last year's backup Adam Roberts won't be participating on Saturday after fracturing a "small bone in his foot" a week or so ago. He'll be out three to four more weeks.

Long and Toledo have been experiencing with new guys at the position, latest being redshirt freshman offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill.

"Our thought is that Adam Roberts is hurt," Toledo explained. "Right now we only feel like we have one blocking tight end and that's Robert Craighead. We are looking for another blocking tight end. We have a couple guys who can go out and catch the ball but we need two tight ends and sometimes three tight ends in goal line situations. We need more tight ends."

No one has impressed the coaching staff more during spring camp than Robert Craighead, who is transitioning back to tight end.

"He's caught the ball real well," Toledo said of Craighead. "He's impressed me a lot. He's one of our better players offensively right now. I'm really impressed with him."

Keep watch for Aaron Boesch as well.

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