Aztecs football

SDSU FOOTBALL'S DANNY GONZALES NAMED DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

 

Safeties coach has been with the Aztec staff since 2011

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March 6, 2017 (San Diego) - Danny Gonzales, who has been the safeties coach with the San Diego State football team since 2011, helping the Aztecs to a league-high three Mountain West titles over that span, has been promoted to defensive coordinator by head coach Rocky Long.

FOUR AZTECS INVITED TO NFL COMBINE

 

NFL Combine to take place Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis

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Photo: Donnel Pumphrey (left), Nico Siragusa (center) and Damontae Kazee (right), along with Daniel Brunskill (not pictured) have been invited to the NFL Combine.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 15, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State will send four football players to the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis from Feb. 28-March 6, the NFL announced today. Daniel Brunskill (Valley Center, Calif./Valley Center HS), Damontae Kazee (San Bernardino, Calif.), Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas) and Nico Siragusa (Chula Vista, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic HS) all will attend the camp, which will be scouted by top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams.

SDSU FOOTBALL'S ROCKY LONG AGREES TO CONTRACT EXTENSION

 

Long is the Mountain West’s all-time winningest coach

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Quotes and photo by Liz Alper

January 19, 2017 (San Diego) - Rocky Long, the all-time winningest coach in Mountain West history and the three-time conference coach of the year, has agreed to a contract extension that will extend him as the San Diego State head football coach through the 2021 season, SDSU Director of Athletics John David Wicker announced Thursday.

SDSU FOOTBALL: FIVE AZTECS TO PLAY IN SENIOR BOWL GAMES

 

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Photo: running back Donnel Pumphrey (left) and cornerback Damontae Kazee (right) will each play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

January 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Five San Diego State football players are scheduled to play in senior bowl games over the next two weekends. Running back Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas), offensive guard Nico Siragusa (Chula Vista, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic HS) and cornerback Damontae Kazee (San Bernardino, Calif.) will play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 28, while linebacker Calvin Munson (St. Charles, Mo.) - East-West Shrine Bowl - and tight end Daniel Brunskill (Valley Center, Calif.) - NFLPA Collegiate Bowl - will each play in bowls this Saturday.

SDSU FOOTBALL'S RON SMITH NAMED TO ALL-BOWL TEAMS

 

Smith name to both Associated Press and Athlon Sports bowl teams

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January 11, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State cornerback Ron Smith (Oakland, Calif./St. Mary’s HS) was recently named to a pair of 2016-17 bowl teams. A redshirt freshman, Smith was named to the Associated Press All-Bowl Team and the Athlon Sports All-Bowl Team.

MARSHALL FAULK NAMED TO 2017 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS

 

 

Faulk becomes third Aztec to make the College Football Hall of Fame

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January 9, 2017 (San Diego) - Former San Diego State great Marshall Faulk has been named to the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Monday morning. Faulk will be the third Aztec in the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Fred Dwyer (inducted in 1997) and head coach Don Coryell (1999).

SDSU'S JEFF HORTON NAMED FOOTBALLSCOOP RUNNING BACKS COACH OF THE YEAR

 

Horton picked by peers for prestigious award

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January 4, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State associate head coach/offensive coordinator/running backs coach Jeff Horton was recently named the 2016 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year, presented by ProGrass.

PUMPHREY BECOMES ALL-TIME FBS LEADER IN CAREER RUSHING YARDS AS SDSU DEFEATS HOUSTON IN LAS VEGAS BOWL 34-10

 

By Liz Alper

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December 17, 2016 (Las Vegas) - San Diego State Aztecs football traveled to Vegas for their bowl bid against the University of Houston.  What happened next is, as they say, history.

SDSU FOOTBALL RELEASES 2016 TEAM AWARDS

 

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December 13, 2016 (San Diego) - For the third straight season at the team’s annual banquet, San Diego State senior running back Donnel Pumphrey was honored with the John Simcox Memorial Trophy as the 2016 team’s Most Valuable Player and the Byron H. Chase Memorial Trophy as the offensive player-of-the-year, becoming the only player in program history to accomplish the feat.

SDSU FOOTBALL: PUMPHREY, SIRAGUSA CAPTURE AP ALL-AMERICAN ACCOLADES

 

The duo are two of three Mountain West players honored

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December 12, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State seniors Nico Siragusa and Donnel Pumphrey comprise the program’s first Associated Press (AP) All-American duo since 1988, as Pumphrey earned second-team honors and Siragusa was named to the third team. The pair are two of three Mountain West honorees, with three teams comprised of 12 players on defense and 13 offensive players.

SDSU FOOTBALL: DONNEL PUMPHREY NAMED WALTER CAMP FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

 

Aztec senior also earns All-America honors from SI, USA Today

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December 8, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey was named a Walter Camp First-Team All-American, as announced Thursday by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The Aztec senior was one of just two student-athletes from a Group of 5 conference to garner Walter Camp All-America accolades, joining Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis, who was a second-team selection.

SDSU FOOTBALL: SIRAGUSA, PUMPHREY HONORED AS USA TODAY ALL-AMERICANS

 

Siragusa is the first Aztec to garner first-team All-American honors since Kirk Morrison in 2003

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December 8, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State seniors Nico Siragusa and Donnel Pumphrey were honored as USA Today All-Americans, with Siragusa picking up a first-team accolade and Pumphrey named to the second team, the publication announced Thursday. Siragusa was one of two players from a Group of Five school to appear on the first team, which included 20 honorees.

SDSU FOOTBALL'S DONNEL PUMPHREY NAMED SPORTING NEWS SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

 

Aztec senior picks up third career All-America honor

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December 7, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey was named a 2016 Sporting News Second-Team All-American, the publication announced Wednesday. The Aztec senior was one of just four running backs to appear on both the first and second-team lists, which included 26 players apiece.

AZTECS FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 12/6: WHAT HAPPENS IN THE VEGAS BOWL STAYS IN THE VEGAS BOWL

 

Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy James Solien

December 6, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State Aztecs football team will play Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 17.  With a week off (barring practice), coach Rocky Long, senior defensive end Dakota Turner and junior tight end David Wells sat down with the media at this week's press conference.

AZTECS WIN REMATCH AGAINST WYOMING 27-24, WIN SECOND CONSECUTIVE MW CHAMPIONSHIP

UPDATE:  Aztecs will play Houston in the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl on December 17 at 12:30 p.m. on ABC

By Liz Alper

Photo: Rashaad Penny rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Courtesy goaztecs.com

December 3, 2016 (Laramie, Wyoming) - Today was the day.  Everything the Aztecs have worked for all season came down to this.  The Mountain West conference championship game against Wyoming.  The Aztecs were in Laramie two weeks ago and lost 34-33.  Now, it was time for revenge.

AZTECS FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 11/29: GETTING READY FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy James Solien

November 29, 2016 (San Diego) - With the Mountain West championship game looming on Saturday, San Diego State Aztecs football head coach Rocky Long, redshirt sophomore quarterback Christian Chapman, junior runningback/kick returner Rashaad Penny and senior defensive end Kyle Kelley were on hand this week to speak to the media.

SDSU FOOTBALL DOMINATES 2016 MOUNTAIN WEST AWARDS

Aztecs win three of the five major awards

 

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Photo: Rashaad Penny (left), Donnel Pumphrey (center), Damontae Kazee (right) swept the MW awards for the second straight season.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

November 29, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State senior Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas), senior Damontae Kazee (San Bernardino, Calif.) and junior Rashaad Penny (Norwalk, Calif.) have each been named players of the year by the Mountain West for the second consecutive season, the league announced today. Pumphrey was chosen as the MW Offensive Player of the Year, Kazee the MW Defensive Player of the Year and Penny the MW Special Teams Player of the Year.

AZTECS TRAMPLED BY RAMS ON SENIOR NIGHT 63-31

UPDATE: Aztecs will play in Wyoming for Mountain West Championship game.

Edited to add postgame notes and quotes at the bottom of story

By Liz Alper

Photo by Cris Rangel

November 26, 2016 (San Diego) - In their last home game of the season (barring hosting the Mountain West championship game), Aztecs football hosted the Colorado State Rams on Senior Night.  

AZTEC FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 11-22: SENIOR DAY

 

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Full quotes courtesy Jamie McConeghy

November 22, 2016 (San Diego) - With the Aztecs' final regular season matchup against Colorado State looming on Saturday, which also happens to be Senior Day, head coach Rocky Long and senior warrior Malik Smith talked about what this game means and how emotional it will be for the senior class in today's press conference.

AZTEC ATHLETICS PRESS CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 15: IS IT WINDY IN WYOMING?

 

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Full quotes courtesy Jamie McConeghy

November 15, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State football team won again last week against Nevada, but now it's on to their second road game in a row against Wyoming on Saturday and this time, it's a day game.  Coach Rocky Long, redshirt sophomore quarterback Christian Chapman, junior running back Rashad Penny and senior defensive lineman Kyle Kelley spoke to the media at this week's press conference.

SDSU FOOTBALL'S JOHN BARON II NAMED A LOU GROZA AWARD STAR OF THE WEEK

 

Baron honored as one of the nation’s top kickers

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November 14, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State sophomore kicker John Baron II has been named a Lou Groza Award “Star of the Week.” Each week the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes the top three kickers from the FBS division.

AZTEC ATHLETICS PRESS CONFERENCE 11/8: A BREAK FROM ELECTION DAY

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy Jamie McConeghy

November 8, 2016 (San Diego) - Election Day saw a plethora of San Diego State coaches and athletes at this week's press conference.  Aztecs men's basketball coach Steve Fisher and sophomore forward Zylan Cheatham, football head coach Rocky Long, women's basketball coach Stacie Terry, junior defensive end Sergio Phillips and junior tight end David Wells took the mic this week.

SDSU FOOTBALL CLINCHES SPOT IN MOUNTAIN WEST TITLE GAME

 

Aztecs will play in the MW Championship for a second straight season

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November 6, 2016 (Colorado Springs) - San Diego State has clinched the West Division crown of the Mountain West for the second straight year and a spot in the 2016 Mountain West Football Championship game, the league announced Sunday. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 and will kick off at either 4:30 p.m. PT, 4:45 p.m. PT or 5 p.m. PT on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

AZTEC DUO NAMED OCTOBER STARS OF THE MONTH

 

Baron and Barba are two of six amateur Stars of the Month honored.

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November 3, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s soccer senior Victoria Barba (Albuquerque, N.M.) and sophomore kicker John Baron II (Temecula, Calif.) were named two of 16 Stars of the Month for October, selected by the San Diego Hall of Champions.

AZTEC SPORTS PRESS CONFERENCE 11/1: MEN'S BASKETBALL IS "BACK IN BUSINESS"

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy Jen Heisel

November 1, 2016 (San Diego) - With San Diego State men's basketball's first game on Thursday against UC San Diego, basketball head coach Steve Fisher joined football head coach Rocky Long, redshirt sophomore quarterback Christian Chapman and defensive end Dakota Turner for their weekly press conference.

SDSU FOOTBALL'S JOHN BARON NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

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Baron earns league weekly accolade for the first time of his career

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November 1, 2016 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - San Diego State sophomore kicker John Baron (Temecula, Calif.) has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. It is the first weekly league accolade for Baron.

AZTECS FOOTBALL: PUMPHREY FIFTH IN NCAA ALL-TIME RUSHING, SAN DIEGO STATE ROLLS UTAH STATE 40-13

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October 28, 2016 (Logan, Ut.) - Donnel Pumphrey ran for 223 yards, moving into the top five on the NCAA career list, and Juwan Washington added 137 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego State's 40-13 victory over Utah State on Friday night.

AZTEC FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE: THE LAST FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

 

Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy Jen Heisel

October 25, 2016 (San Diego) - With their last Friday night game of the season against Utah State this week, San Diego State head coach Rocky Long, senior linebacker Austin Wyatt-Thayer and junior running back and kick returner Rashaad Penny spoke to media at this week's press conference.

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