SDSU with some offensive talent
San Diego State enters week 3 against Oregon State with a 1-1 record. That one loss came against a ranked North Carolina team where the Aztecs had a 2 touchdown lead in the 4th quarter and a chance to win in the final minute with the ball three yards from the endzone. A late interception by Tim Scott sealed the Aztecs fate.
As disappointing as that may be it was not all bad news for SDSU. They definitely showed flashes and I was able to interview David Frerker, who has covered SDSU athletics for 7 years and has ran San Diego Sports Domination for 3, to talk about a few of those bright spots on the Aztec football team (please note this interview took place before the UNC game).
J: What did the first game of the season show about the Aztecs?
DF: Is shows that San Diego State has multiple weapons on the offensive side of the ball. The three players to look out for would be running back Donnel Pumphrey and wide receivers Ezell Ruffin & Eric Judge. Pumphrey had 19 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Ruffin/ Judge are the two favorite targets of San Diego State QB Quinn Kaehler as they totaled 9 catches for over 100 yards in the first week of the season. The breakout player would be wide receiver Lloyd Mills. Mills extended a trend forming at San Diego States of returning punts for touchdowns. San Diego State has a punt return touchdown in three of the last four games. Mill’s has explosive speed and also got the carry on a reverse and went for 33 yards. Mills is an offensive and special team’s weapon.
J: After early injuries how do you believe the defensive unit will do for the remainder of the season?
DF: The Aztecs have some of the best linebackers (Josh Gavert, Jake Fely and Derek Largent) in the Mountain West Conference. They have been stung by the injury bug and are not expected to start as a unit until week 6 of the season. However Josh Gavert and Derek Largent both played some limited minutes and managed to total five tackles and one sack. Calvin Munson’s stepped up with 64-yard interception return and the nephew of Chargers great Micah Seau also stepped up.
J: By season’s end what player do you feel would have made the biggest impact?
DF: Lloyd Mills. Because he is an offensive and special teams weapon.
J: Which player will potentially sneak into the draft/have an impact at the next level?
DF: Hands down San Diego State Senior Wide Receiver Ezell Ruffin.
A couple updates since the interview took place.
Donnel Pumphrey ran for another 100 yards and added 2 TDs to bring his total to 4 after the second game of the season.
Eric Judge stepped up with 3 catches, 94 yds and a TD. He had a career long 56 yd reception.
Ezell Ruffin had two catches for 64 yds before leaving the game in the second half with broken collarbone.
Calvin Munson continued his solid play at Linebacker with 5tkls and 1 TFL.
I want to thank David Frerker for taking the time to chat with NFL Draft Gm. For the latest information on all SDSU athletics visit SanDiegoSportsDomination.com.