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San Diego State senior LB Calvin Munson was named to the preseason Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder, making his second straight appearance on the Lott watch list, led the Aztecs with 98 tackles and 15 tackles for loss last season. In addition to his gridiron prowess, Munson is a standout pitcher who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 31st round of the 2013 MLB Draft. He's a hurler for the Aztec baseball team in the spring.
May 19 - 4:18 PM

Jaguars signed San Diego State T Pearce Slater.

A starter for every game in 2015, Slater (6’7, 333) has the requisite size to hold his own against power rushers, but he remains extremely raw and prone to mistakes. Last season, he was clipped with a Greg Robinson-esque five holding penalties. He also allowed 4.5 sacks and eight quarterback knockdowns. A lack of lateral quickness -- just 8.36 seconds in the three-cone drill at the NFL Scouting Combine -- and flexibility limit his upside. NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein has suggested that a move to guard could be beneficial. Slater could well make the Jags’ roster based on that massive size alone, but he is not an NFL-ready player at this point.
May 12 - 1:26 PM

San Diego State OC Jeff Horton believes that senior RB Donnel Pumphrey has the potential to be as good as Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey.

Ah, the sweet, sweet noise of months-in-advance buzz. "Look at how much [Pumphrey] carries the ball. He’s our leading receiver. The ball’s in his hands all the time. He can be as good as McCaffrey, I think," Horton said. It might strike as hyperbole for a player who doesn't receive much media exposure, but the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder's production could stand alongside most anybody's in the country. Last season, he rushed for 1,653 yards (5.4 YPC) and 17 touchdowns while catching 27 passes for 414 yards and three scores. Even more impressive, since the start of the 2013 campaign, he is the only player in the FBS to log 4,000 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards.
Source: USA Today
May 9 - 12:51 PM

Eagles signed San Diego State OG Darrell Greene.

Greene (6'3/321) made 32 starts for the Aztecs, mostly at right guard. While he's a limited athlete — 5.20 forty, 8-foot-2 broad jump, 8.07 three-cone time — Greene flashed people-erasing power in the Mountain West and didn't embarrass himself as a pulling guard on the move. Greene could grow into a useful player if utilized correctly. He has NFL-level run-blocking ability.
May 6 - 8:49 PM

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


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