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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likes San Diego State T Daniel Brunskill's athleticism but worries that he's too small and not strong enough to play an effective NFL tackle.

Brunskill moved from tight end to left tackle prior to his senior year and earned second-team All-Mountain West honors at his new position. "Intriguing athletic ability for the tackle spot, but will need time on a practice squad for additional schooling and weight work to get his skill and size where it needs to be," Zierlein wrote. "Teams could decide to use him as a big blocking tight end, but his best shot to make it in the NFL will likely be as a tackle for a zone-scheme team."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 3:05 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler frowned upon San Diego State LB Calvin Munson's lack of invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Although not elite in any one area, Munson is a well-rounded linebacker who can defend the run, blitz and drop in coverage," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder drew praise from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline back in October, with the insider noting that Munson is "the type of prospect [who] will go have a ten-year career in the NFL." The former Aztec recorded a stellar 116 tackles (11.0 for loss), 4.5 sacks and an interception in 14 games played this past season. Despite his lack of invitation to Indianapolis for the Combine, he should be considered a potential Day 3 sleeper with NFL upside.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 3:59 PM

San Diego State signed three-star 2017 RB Kaegun Williams.

Williams took January officials to Navy and San Diego State. The latter official came on the final weekend before National Signing Day. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 7 all-purpose back in the country, while Scout.com slots him in as the No. 11 running back in the state of Texas. Per Scout's Gabe Brooks, Williams is "a highly productive running back prospect w/the skills and versatility to move around the formation." Brooks is keen on the newest Aztec's ability to shake-and-bake to make defenders miss.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 5 - 2:37 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that "NFL decision-makers were impressed with [San Diego State CB Damontae] Kazee’s footwork, movement in reverse and secure tackling [during the Senior Bowl week]."

Kazee opened some eyes via his Senior Bowl work, but Pauline provides a few words of caution. Wrote the analyst, "While the corner has been stamped as a possible third-round pick, I’m told teams are concerned about his speed and don’t expect Kazee to run faster than the high 4.5’s at the combine." Pauline's little birdies tell him that during training, Kazee has been running in the vicinity of 4.53 seconds when electronically timed and closer to 4.45 seconds on stopwatch-timed runs.
Feb 4 - 7:52 PM

The San Diego Bowl Game Association announced that the Poinsettia Bowl has ended.

The final Poinsettia Bowl saw BYU beat Wyoming 24-21 in December. The game had pitted a Mountain West school against either a MAC team or BYU. Apparently, the SDBGA is shuttering the contest to centralize its focus on the Holiday Bowl.
Jan 25 - 2:23 PM

San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey was returning punts during Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday.

Pumphrey is a possible pick for late on Day 2 or early on Day 3. Should he take to return duties in rapid fashion, that would certainly be something that could enhance his value for NFL squads. However, it should be noted that (predictably) San Diego State's star back returned just five kickoffs in his career with the Aztecs and did not return a punt.
Jan 24 - 2:36 PM

San Diego State announced a five-year contract extension for HC Rocky Long.

The 66-year-old Long is 54-26 across six seasons for the Aztecs. San Diego State has turned into one of the sport's premier Group of 5 programs under his tutelage. The school has won consecutive Mountain West titles, going 22-6 over the past two seasons.
Jan 19 - 3:01 PM

San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Kazee is a bawl hawk who had seven interceptions this year to make it 17 for his prodigious career. He originally declared for the NFL Draft last year before deciding to return. Kazee projects as a mid-round pick, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 6 - 2:19 PM

San Diego State junior RB Rashaad Penny topped the 1,000-yard mark to make the Aztecs the first college team in history to have a 2,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.

Penny had only nine carries for 10 yards, but that was enough to get him to 1,005 yards on the season. In conjunction with Donnell Pumphrey's 2,133 yards rushing, SDSU boasts the FBS' first 2k/1k backfield. The Aztecs, who finished 11-3, will turn to Penny as lead back next year following Pumphrey's graduation.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 07:10:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey snapped the NCAA career rushing record in Saturday's 34-10 victory over Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Pumphrey ran for 115 yards and a touchdown to pass former Wisconsin star Ron Dayne's record of 6,397 yards. Pumphrey's record stands at 6,405 yards. In his last season of eligibility, Pumphrey logged 2,133 yards rushing and ended up accounting for more than 40-percent of his team's offense. Pumphrey will take part in the Senior Bowl before beginning preparations for the NFL Combine in advance of this spring's NFL Draft. Pumphrey is an air back who's a little bit better of a prospect than Ronnie Hillman was when Hillman came out of SDSU. We're expecting him to land in the Rds. 3-5 range, though this loaded running back class complicates running back projections.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 07:02:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Pumphrey's career with the Aztecs has been nothing short of marvelous. He surpassed 1,600 yards rushing in every one of his seasons at SDSU outside of his freshman year in 2013. The current campaign has been his best yet on the yardage front, as he is currently sitting on 2,018 yards rushing (6.1 YPC) through 13 games played. In late September, an NFC scout forwarded the belief that Pumphrey "has the tools to be an electric change-of-pace back at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 04:13:00 PM

San Diego State G Nico Siragusa accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Siragusa was a First-Team All-Mountain West selection this year. He's played in 53 consecutive games and made 40 consecutive starts. Donnel Pumphrey has run behind the 6-foot-3, 325-pound Siragusa often over the past few years.
Source: Senior Bowl
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 05:34:00 PM

San Diego State senior CB Damontae Kazee projects as a mid-round pick, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

Kazee nearly declared for the NFL Draft last year. "He's a ball hawk playing in a zone-heavy scheme," McShay wrote. Kazee has seven picks this year and 17 over his career. In 2015, he finished No. 11 nationally among cornerbacks in Pro Football Focus' grades.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 03:52:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in Saturday's 27-24 win over Wyoming in the Mountain West Championship Game.

Pumphrey and backfield buddy Rashaad Penny both surpassed 100 yards rushing in this one, with Penny actually leading the Aztecs with his 117 yards. As a team, San Diego State rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Pumphrey looked absolutely unstoppable for much of the season, but had been held under 100 yards rushing in each of his last two games prior to breaking out of his mini-slump on Saturday. San Diego State has now won back-to-back Mountain West titles. A year ago, they defeated Air Force to earn conference bragging rights.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 11:37:00 PM

San Diego State senior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for just 53 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the school's 63-31 loss to Colorado State.

Pumphrey added a catch for eight yards. This was absolutely a season low for a running back who was pushing the NCAA record books in terms of rushing yards. The Aztecs are bowl eligible, and Pumphrey will definitely surface at an all star event, likely the Senior Bowl.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 08:41:00 AM


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