Meanwhile, starting center Andrew Roxas, who suffered an ankle injury in Saturday's win against UNLV, missed his second straight day of practice. Roxas entered the practice field late, but looked to be walking fine.
As for the action on the field, C Taylor Meighen filled in for Roxas for the second straight day, and with the rest of the starting offensive line, did a fine job of protecting QB Marshall Lobbestael in both their action against the starting defense and scout team.
San Diego State coach Rocky Long, a former defensive coordinator at Oregon State, likes to apply pressure. In preparation for that, the Cougars' defense seemed to blitz more frequently during practice. Lobbestael seemed to handle it fine. When it became hectic, Lobbestael would get out of the pocket and throw the ball out of bounds.
The offensive line has gelled quite efficiently this fall and Lobbestael said he feels secure behind the unit.
"I'm extremely confident in them," he said. "They're working really hard in the film room and out here with all the looks. I know they're going to prepare as hard as they can so that gives me confidence."
Lobbestael was able to make some completions against the starters, but the defense was able to close out practice with a victory. Lobbestael fired off a screen for WR Marquess Wilson that went off his finger tips and right into CB Daniel Simmons bread basket. Simmons then return the intercepted for a touchdown as the defense celebrated.
THE DEFENSE THIS WEEK is getting ready for an offense in San Diego State that has more weapons than what the Cougars have seen in the previous two weeks. Starting SAM linebacker Sekope Kaufusi told CF.C after practice that the run game is the team's major focus right, which they expect to be a big-time challenge come Saturday.
"This game I feel like their o-line is going to give us a much bigger challenge," Kaufusi said. "They're much more run happy of a team so all we have to do right now is focus on our run defense."
The Aztecs have starting RB Ronnie Hillman, whose explosiveness has him averaging 158 yards per game, which is No. 2 among Football Bowl Subdivision players. Kaufusi added that although his numbers are impressive, the team knows what they can control and are ready to see how the linebackers can handle the back.
"The biggest thing we want to do is fit where we're supposed to and read our keys," Kaufusi said. "We can't go in there thinking he's the No. 2 running back in the country. Hype is hype and we can only go out there and play ball."
QB: Marshall Lobbestael
X receiver: Marquess Wilson
Flanker: Isiah Barton
Z receiver: Jared Karstetter (Note: Bobby Ratliff also seeing reps with 1s)
TE Andrei Lintz
LT: David Gonzales
LG: John Fullington
C: Taylor Meighen
RG: B.J. Guerra
RT: Wade Jacobson
RB: Rickey Galvin (Logwone Mitz and Carl Winston also saw substantial action)
LE: Adam Coerper
LT: Brandon Rankin
RT: Anthony Laurenzi
RE: Travis Long
SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
MIKE: C.J. Mizell
WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
CB: Nolan Washington
SS: Deone Bucannon
FS: Tyree Toomer (Note: Casey Locker also seeing action running with the 1s)
CB: Daniel Simmons (Damante Horton also getting plenty of reps)