On a side note, San Diego State is a traditionally fast starting team. They have scored first in each of their last eight games dating back to the 2002 season. The San Diego State defense has also held its opponent off of the score board in each of the last six games.
True freshman tailback Lynell Hamilton is the key for the Aztecs running game. He has a lot of talent, but the Aztecs running game has not hit high gear on a consistent basis so far this season. Hamilton rushed for 74 yards against BYU on 22 attempts. His long gain was only 16 yards.
For the Aztecs to be ultimately successful against the Ute defense the offensive line needs to protect Hall much better than they did against BYU. Hall ended up with minus-29 yards rushing due to sacks.
San Diego State kicker J.C. Mejia is 9 for 11 this year. His only misses on the season have both come on attempts of over 50 yards.
The Aztec defense is lead by one of the nation's best linebackers in Kirk Morrison. He rolled up 15 tackles last week including 3 three for loss. Another linebacker that you can count on getting quite a few tackles for the Aztecs is Stephen Larsen.
Helping keep the offensive linemen off of Morrison will be defensive linemen Brook Miller and Ryan Iata. Both players do a lot of the dirty work for the "dark side" defense.
Matt McCoy is one of the Mountain West Conference's best defensive players. The linebacker, although only a sophomore, has a chance for post season honors within the conference.
The most talented player in the Aztec secondary is probably Marcus Demps. He has the physical talent to play practically any of the positions in the secondary. Watch out for cornerback Jeff Shoate. He has big-play ability and was part of the second team Mountain West Conference defense. Shoate had on interception against Utah last season.