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San Diego State Football: Previewing the 2014-15 Aztecs' wide receivers

Despite the seemingly thin group on paper, head coach Rocky Long believes the Aztecs "...are pretty good at wide receiver."

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Key departures:

Colin Locket: 52 rec, 736 yds, 5 TD

Dylan Denso: 20 rec, 265 yds, 2 TD

Tim Vizzi: 18 rec, 278 yds,

#3 Ezell Ruffin - 6'1" 210lbs - Senior

As a junior in 2013, Ezell Ruffin led SDSU with 1,136 receiving yards on 68 receptions and was second behind current Cincinnati Bengal, Colin Lockett, with three touchdowns. Ruffin made a name for himself during a five game stretch where he amassed 625 receiving yards on just 35 receptions. His play earned him a spot on the Biletnikoff Award watch list in November. Named to the 2014 pre-season Biletnikoff Award watch list, the starting "X" wide receiver is focused enough to avoid getting caught in all of the the hype.

"I want this to be the best [SDSU] team to ever play. I have big hopes for this team this year and it has nothing to do with me. I'm just excited to play."

Ruffin, who had a legit shot at being drafted this summer, is one of the most important offensive pieces returning from last season. He will benefit from a full camp with starting quarterback Quinn Kaehler, who replaced Adam Dingwell as the starter in the second game of the season last year. Ruffin isn't the biggest wideout on the field, but he has the speed and sure hands to produce in large numbers, especially as Kaehler's favorite target.

In Friday's season opening press conference, offensive coordinator Bob Toledo described Ruffin as a "physical guy that goes and gets the ball." Responsible for nearly a third of SDSU's receiving yards in 2013, Ruffin will draw a large amount of attention from opposing defensive coordinators.

#81 Eric Judge - 6'1" 190lbs - Sophomore

Eric Judge had a slow start to his freshman season, failing to record a catch in his first four games. In the fifth game of the season against Nevada, he introduced himself to the Mountain West, catching 6 balls for 54 yards and two touchdowns. One of which was a 13-yard game winner in overtime. In the very next game, he recorded just one reception, which was a 44-yard touchdown. Judge finished the season with just 13 catches, 218 yards, and three touchdowns.

With so much of last year's wide out production lost, a lot of weight will be placed on the shoulders of Judge, who is slated as the preseason "Z" starter. Judge has to prove in camp that he understands the offense. If Judge can't get open consistently, opposing defenses will double up on Ruffin, forcing the ball elsewhere.

Judge does have one thing going for him though--he's blazing fast. If he plays like the coaching staff thinks he can, he'll have a break-out season and a promising Aztec career.

#80 Larry Clark - 6'4" 210lbs - Junior

Larry Clark played sparingly in his sophomore season, finishing with just three receptions for 51 yards. With considerable depth at wide receiver, Clark was used mainly on special teams last season. However, much more will be expected of Clark in 2014.

Entering camp as the back-up to Ruffin, Clark will likely see his playing time increase considerably. Preseason camp will be a huge test for him, getting him up to speed with the offense and preparing him so that he is ready when his number is called.

#86 Jemond Hazely - 6'1" 190lbs - Junior

Jemond Hazely only saw playing time in four games in his sophomore season. After playing in the first three games of 2013, he didn't return to the field until the season finale, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Hazely did not record a reception or rushing attempt all season. His lone 5-yard rushing attempt in 2012 is the only offensive stat he has recorded in his SDSU career.

Hazely is currently labeled as the backup "Z" receiver, and likely won't see much playing time. An injury to Eric Judge would move him up a spot on the depth chart, and it remains to be seen if he has the ability to produce if need be.

# 11 Kene Anigbogu 6'4" 205lbs - RS Sophomore

Kene Anigbogu is a walk-on from Southwestern College in Chula Vista. Anigbogu led his junior college team to a division title before transferring to SDSU and red shirting last season. He was named offensive co-player of the year with the practice squad last season.

#32 Scott Hoover 6-2 190 - RS Freshmen

Scott hoover is a walk-on from San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano. Hoover red shirted last season.

** Donnel Pumphrey caught 22 passes for 234 yards out of the backfield last season as the backup running back. Pumphrey only had four more receptions than last year's starter, Adam Muema, but totaled 136 more receiving yards.