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San Diego State canceled practice on Monday due to an outbreak of chickenpox.

"We’re canceling practice so that they can thoroughly clean the weight room and locker room and disinfect it so that we can have a clean environment tomorrow morning to help the spread of the virus," explained HC Rocky Long. The cases first began to break out late last week and what had initially been three players infected has now blossomed to five.
Aug 15 - 12:57 PM

Three San Diego State players have come down with chicken pox.

"I’m afraid that it might not be just three of them. The team’s been together for a whole week now. It’s dramatic if we lose a few more. … What if it hits 10 other ones?," said HC Rocky Long. Patient zero in this case is LB Tyler Morris, with the virus then latching on to LB Temerick Harper (who sat next to Morris during a meeting) and Harper's roommate, T Ryan Pope. All three players are on medication. Chicken pox immunity comes from either contracting the disease -- after which, home free -- or vaccination.
Aug 13 - 1:55 PM

San Diego State redshirt senior TE David Wells (foot surgery) is expected to be sidelined until the opening week of the season.

According to Aztecs coach Rocky Long, Wells suffered a Jones fracture during an agility drill this summer. Jones fracture typically require 6-8 weeks to heal. Wells (6'5/255) caught 25 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns last year.
Aug 11 - 2:47 PM

San Diego State redshirt senior TE David Wells was named to the 2017 John Mackey Award Watch List.

Wells (6'5/255) broke in as a starter with the Aztecs midway through the 2014 season, after then-No. 1 TE Daniel Brunskill was shifted to the offensive line. This past season, the redshirt senior caught 25 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks Wells as the No. 38 fantasy tight end in college football.
Source: ktvb.com
Jul 16 - 3:29 PM

San Diego State sophomore RB Juwan Washington heads into the summer No. 2 on the depth chart behind Rashaad Penny.

Washington's fantasy upside would be capped if he can't beat out Penny for the starting job, but keep in mind that the Aztecs became the first team in NCAA history to have 2,000- (Donnell Pumphrey) and 1,000-yard (Penny) rushers sharing the same backfield last year. As for Washington, the No. 3 back last year, he ran 55 times for 441 yards (8.0 ypa) and six touchdowns, while catching three passes for 72 yards (24.0 ypc) and returning 10 kicks for 293 yards (29.3 ypr) and another score.
Jul 14 - 12:16 PM

Oregon State sophomore DE/OLB/TE Joah Robinett transferred to San Diego State.

We're listing Robinett as a tight end, but that's really just a guess. Robinett signed with Oregon State as a DE and shifted to OLB for his freshman season. OSU coach Gary Andersen said last month that Robinett was being moved to tight end for the 2017 season because his 6-foot-8, 245-pounds frame made him too long to play OLB but too lean to play DE. "It's still an experiment at this point, but it's an experiment that I really believe is gonna work out," Andersen said at the time. "The key is that he buys into it and is excited about the opportunity and understands, 'This is where my future could be to be a very good Division I football player in the Pac-12.'"
Source: Oregon Live
May 20 - 12:58 PM

Falcons signed San Diego State OT Daniel Brunskill.

Brunskill (6’5/273) spent his first three college seasons at tight end before moving to right tackle as a senior, where Brunskill earned second-team All-Mountain West and was charged with just one sack allowed. He shined as a run blocker at both tight end and tackle. Brunskill originally walked on at San Diego State after playing center in high school. Unless he can bulk up to 300-plus pounds and get significantly stronger, Brunskill will best project as a blocking tight end in the pros.
May 3 - 12:35 PM

Giants signed San Diego State LB Calvin Munson.

Munson (6’1/241) made 28 career starts for the Aztecs, twice earning first-team All-Mountain West from the conference’s coaches and piling up seven interceptions, an impressive stat for a linebacker. PFF College gave Munson poor run-defense and pass-coverage grades, however, and charged him with a whopping 17 missed tackles last year. In the pros, Munson is headed for special teams.
May 1 - 3:08 PM

Falcons selected San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kazee (5’10/184) earned Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons, setting a school record with 17 career interceptions as a three-year starter and four-year contributor. Kazee specialized in off-zone coverage at SDSU, playing almost strictly right outside corner. With a small build, short arms (30 7/8"), and 4.54 speed, Kazee best projects as an NFL slot defender. He is slightly old for a rookie, turning 24 in June. Kazee’s ball skills and tenacity give him legitimate NFL potential, but learning an entirely new position on the interior will pose a significant challenge.
Apr 29 - 2:22 PM

Eagles selected San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey with the No. 132 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Pumphrey (5’8/176) twice earned Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher, graduating with a career 1,059-6,405-62 (6.0 YPC) stat line on the ground and 99 receptions. Pumphrey displayed plus straight-line speed (4.48) in Indy, but performed miserably in the vertical (33 ½") and broad (9’9") jumps and managed five bench-press reps of 225 pounds. An exciting college back who simply lacks NFL-level traits, Pumphrey would do well to carve out a Dexter McCluster-type career.
Apr 29 - 1:31 PM

Ravens selected San Diego State OG Nico Siragusa with the No. 122 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Siragusa (6’4/319) was a three-year starter, mainly manning left guard and earning first-team All-Mountain West as both a junior and senior. Built wide and powerfully, Siragusa possesses plus arm length (33 ½") for an interior lineman and has massive hands (10 5’8"). PFF College gave Siragusa its No. 3 pass-block efficiency rating in the nation in 2016, and Siragusa also shined as a gap-scheme drive blocker on tape. Siragusa posted the third-highest SPARQ rating among offensive linemen at the Combine, in addition to the top Wonderlic score (29) among guards. Siragusa possess many requisite traits of a long-term starting NFL guard.
Apr 29 - 1:04 PM

One NFL scout expects San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey to be drafted before the fifth round.

"Might be the toughest guy in the draft... I’ll be surprised if he’s there in the fifth (round)," the scout told Bob McGinn. Pumphrey has drawn some Darren Sproles comparisons due to his 5-foot-8 and 176-pound frame, but he has a steep hill to climb to be a successful NFL player. One scout noted his power and aggression on a run against Obi Melifonwu during Senior Bowl week.
Apr 21 - 7:53 AM

An AFC West scout dismissed size concerns regarding San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey.

"I don't care how big he is, he's a good player...You have to have an offense that makes sense for him but everyone I talk to on the road likes the talent," the scout said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein offered a supplemental note on this front, writing that the 5-foot-8, 176-pounder "won't even be an option for teams married to physical minimums, but there is a place on the roster for his talent provided he can become a return man or viable receiving option as well." Zierlein compares likely Day 3 pick Pumphrey to Texans RB Tyler Ervin, while Pro Football Focus comps him to former Buccaneers standout Warrick Dunn.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 6:02 PM

San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee has 10 official visits lined up.

Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst tossed out the Vikings, Eagles, Jets, Cowboys and Buccaneers as five of the 10 teams who will be hosting Kazee for official tours of team facilities. The 5-foot-10, 184-pounder showed off well during the Senior Bowl practice week and answered some questions about his speed with a serviceable -- if unspectacular -- 40-yard dash of 4.54 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. Pauline had been hearing that scouts were expecting him to run in the high 4.5's. In his scouting breakdown of Kazee's game, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein notes that the Aztec defensive back's "willingness in run support and his penchant for taking the ball away should follow him into the pros and make for an early transition into a third or fourth cornerback role." He could see love as early as Round 3 of the draft.
Apr 9 - 12:38 PM

An NFC West Coast scout said, "I don't see a lot of drop-off between [San Diego State G Nico Siragusa] and Josh Garnett from last year."

Garnett, if you will recall, was selected by the 49ers with the No. 28 pick in the first round of the 2016 draft. The 6-foot-4, 319-pounder posted some of the best overall marks among offensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine, including 28 reps on the bench press, a short-shuttle run of 4.56 seconds and jumps of 9-foot-2 (broad) and 32 inches (vertical). NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes that Siragusa "[h]as an NFL-ready frame with the ability to open holes for the running back but will likely appeal to power teams only." The analyst believes that pass-protection could be an issue for the San Diego State product early in his NFL career.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 12:51 PM


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