SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20: Wide receiver Dominique Sandifer #18 of the San Diego State Aztecs carries the ball against cornerback Brandon Burton #27 of the Utah Utes at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20 2010 in San Diego California. Utah won 38-34. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Wide receivers was the biggest question for San Diego State with them losing their top two wide receivers from 2010 in DeMarco Sampson and Vincent Brown. The question to who will now replace Brown and Sampson is now a more difficult as the Aztecs lost two receivers for the year to injuries:
SDSU's most experienced returning receiver, junior Dominique Sandifer, has been ruled out for the coming season with a knee injury suffered during offseason drills. Redshirt freshman receiver Jay Waddell also hurt his knee in the offseason and will be out for the year.
Looking at the bright side of it, head coach Rocky Long said, "We don't see it as a big blow because we had inexperienced receivers anyway."
"They were all going to be given a chance in the fall," Long said. "The ones that played the best were going to get a chance to play. I don't think situation has changed dramatically whatsoever."
One has to like Long's optimism, but to lose two receivers is a big deal especially the Sandifer loss since he was the most experienced returning receiver. In 2010 Sandifer had 23 catches for 263 yards and was to be the deep threat for quarterback Ryan Lindley in 2011.
The Aztecs just need some new bodies to step up and produce because the expectations on campus are to make a repeat bowl appearance which would be their first back-to-back bowl games since 1966-67. The Aztecs have running back Ronnie Hillman to rely on but the 12th ranked passing offense from 2010 will be tough to replicate with these loses at wide receiver.