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The Chargers worked out San Diego State WR Jemond Hazely at the organization's local prospect day.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound receiver is short on speed and athleticism, in addition to bulk. He could be a camp body this summer for some team.
Apr 15 - 9:16 PM

San Diego State OG Darrell Greene visited the Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

San Diego likely slipped him in as a local prospect, but the Vikes burned one of their 30 prospect visits on Greene, a potential Day 3 developmental pick. In recent weeks, Greene has had private workouts with the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers. The 6-foot-3, 321-pound Greene is athletic and mean, but has drawn character questions following a suspension for a positive marijuana test. It's worth noting that nobody seemed to have a problem with Johnny Manziel's prolific collegiate drinking record during his own draft process.
Apr 12 - 2:32 PM

San Diego State HC Rocky Long indicated that if graduate QB Maxwell Smith is awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, the team would want him back as a player-coach.

Two important notes upfront. First, Smith has not yet had his sixth-year of eligibility approved by the NCAA--Long put the paperwork in last week. Second, even if a sixth year is approved, the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder could still simply choose not to return. He tore his ACL against Nevada late in the season, hence why an extra year of eligibility could be in the works. Long referred to him as a "mature guy who can step in if we lose our starter." Said starter would be sophomore QB Christian Chapman.
Mar 8 - 7:38 PM

San Diego State football coach Rocky Long said the Aztecs are applying for a medical redshirt for senior punt returner/WR Lloyd Mills.

The school has ruled Mills out for the coming season but hopes a medical redshirt will get him back on the field in 2017. "He has a couple injuries that he sustained," Long said. "I’m uncomfortable and the trainers are uncomfortable with him being out there. He hurt himself playing football and some other ways, too." Limited to only one reception in limited time last year, Mills did have 15 returns for 143 yards. Not many details were given about his medical history, but we know Mills has suffered knee and shoulder injuries at SDSU.
Feb 25 - 6:05 PM

San Diego State hired high school coach Ernie Lawson to serve as DL coach.

Lawson has roots with the Aztecs, having played along the line at San Diego State from 2007-2010. He's coached high school ball at American Canyon High the past two seasons. Prior to that, he served as a graduate assistant under former Michigan HC Brady Hoke. With San Diego State, Long takes over for Osia Lewis, who fled for the DL coaching gig at Vanderbilt.
Feb 22 - 8:20 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that San Diego State T Pearce Slater is "the earth-mover his size indicates."

Rang stopped just short of referring to the 6-foot-7, 335-pound Slater as some sort of sauropod. While he obviously has the size and then some to play at the next level, the CBS analyst isn't just impressed by his sheer girth, noting that Pearce "also show[s] surprising coordination to block on the move." In early December, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. speculated that the former Aztec could represent a Day 3 steal. Alas, at that projection, we won't have the joy of watching him crush Roger Goodell in a bear hug come the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 6:33 PM

San Diego State junior RB Donnel Pumphrey will return to school.

"It was an easy decision on coming back (for his senior season)," Pumphrey said in a released statement. "I love my teammates and I love my coaches, and without them I wouldn't even be in the situation that I am in today. I signed up to be here four years, not to leave after three. I've had incredible success here, but I want to have another good year, hopefully win another conference championship and graduate as well." The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder is a two-time All-Mountain West pick and the reigning conference offensive player of the year. He rushed for 1,653 yards (5.4 YPC) and scored 17 touchdowns last season. "I would like to break all of (Marshall) Faulk's records," Pumphrey said. "He's an NFL Hall-of-Famer and had a terrific college career, and it would be a great accomplishment for our team if I was able to achieve that."
Jan 20 - 10:13 AM

San Diego State redshirt senior OG Darrell Greene accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Greene will join fellow SDSU OL Pearce Slater at the event. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Greene was seen as a sleeper prospect coming into the season but hurt himself in 2015 because he missed the first six games due to a suspension and missed the Hawaii Bowl after being declared academically ineligible. CBSSports does not project Greene to be selected, though it wouldn't surprise us if he worked into the latter stages of Day 3 with a nice postseason circuit. He'll get started at the fifth-annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, played at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Jan. 23 and televised on ESPN2.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 5 - 8:38 PM

San Diego State junior CB Damontae Kazee plans to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

"Been playing this game for almost 16 years, it’s time for me to move up to the next level," Kazee posted on social media. The Aztecs just dominated Cincinnati in their bowl game 42-7, with Kazee allowing just 27 yards on five catches and added an interception. On the season, the 5'11/188 lbs corner deflected two passes but intercepted eight.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 09:48:00 AM

San Diego State redshirt freshman QB Christian Chapman completed 8-of-11 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 42-7 win over Cincinnati in the Hawaii Bowl.

Chapman was making his second consecutive start in place of the injured Maxwell Smith (knee). He's been efficient in both of those games, completing a combined 17-of-25 passes for 316 yards. Perhaps more importantly, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt freshman failed to throw an interception in either contest. In Thursday's Hawaiian showdown with Cincy, Chapman notched a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mikah Holder on the first offensive possession. San Diego State's been predictably conservative in their game plans for the gunslinger given his lack of starting experience. The Aztecs finished the season on a 10-game winning streak, this after opening 1-3.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 04:42:00 PM

San Diego State junior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in Thursday's 42-7 win over Cincinnati in the Hawaii Bowl.

Pumphrey wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire, as he averaged an even four yards per carry with a long run of 33 yards. Given the dominance of the defense (three interceptions of Bearcat QB Hayden Moore), though, the Aztecs really didn't need a huge game from their star running back. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior would score his lone touchdown of the contest in the fourth quarter from two yards out. He also threw a 16-yard touchdown pass before halftime, just for fun. Pumphrey finishes the 2015 campaign having rushed for 1,653 yards (5.4 YPC) and 17 touchdowns. The Hawaii Bowl marked just the fifth time all season that he failed to rush for at least 100 yards.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 04:28:00 PM

San Diego State senior LS Jeffrey Overbaugh will play in the Senior Bowl.

Overbaugh pledged to the NFLPA Bowl earlier this week but quickly received an upgrade to better digs. Standing 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, Overbaugh is one of the nation's best snappers and should get a camp invite. The Alaska native was a preseason fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele.
Source: Senior Bowl
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 06:05:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes San Diego State senior T Pearce Slater "could be a Day 3 steal, perhaps in Round 5."

Slater recently accepted an invitation to participate in the NFLPA Bowl, so you can check him out there if you miss the Aztecs' upcoming bowl game. "The 6-foot-7, 335-pound right tackle will make you take a week to get around him," Kiper wrote. "At his best in run-blocking, he has strong hands, sustains his blocks and will win one and get to the second level ahead of the play." CBS ranks Slater as the No. 17 tackle in the class and projects him as a Rd. 6 selection.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:34:00 PM

San Diego State junior CB Damontae Kazee is expected to enter the draft, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Kazee picked off seven passes, broke up another another seven and kicked in 66 tackles en route to Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder was a second-team all-Mountain West selection last year after making 58 tackles (40 solo) with a team-high 13 pass breakups, an interception, a fumble recovery, four TFL and two quarterback hurries.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 02:11:00 PM

San Diego State junior RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries in Saturday's 27-24 Mountain West Championship Game win over Air Force.

No touchdowns for Pumphrey, but he did average a strong 5.6 YPC with a long run of 31 yards. While he didn't rip up the joint on Saturday, he's been fantastic for the whole of the 2015 campaign. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior finishes the pre-bowl season with 1,554 yards and 16 touchdowns. Saturday's 90 yards marked just the fourth time all year that he's been held under 100 yards rushing.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 10:56:00 PM


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