It's been about a month since the San Diego State Aztecs played their annual Spring Game, but there's still things to note for Rocky Long's staff going forward into the summer months and in the eventual lead up of the 2015 College Football season.
Non-Issue Resolved: Donnel Pumphrey and Chase Price There's no doubt about the backfield of San Diego State is the edge the team will need to get through the Mountain West Conference. Rocky Long said at the wrap up of the Spring Game, "there's several guys that we already know can play, that played very little today.
Pumphrey only caught punts and Chase Price didn't play one snap today." With this year's special teams headed by former UNLV head coach, Bobby Hauck, it's interesting to hear the team's explosive player could be playing a role on special teams. When it comes to Chase Price, the senior is a great change of pack back to Pumphrey's
style. Last season, Price went for 674 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Price and Pumphrey will be the rock this offense while Rocky Long figures out the quarterback situation.
Issue Resolved: Defense
The last performance by San Diego State's defense against the Navy Midshipmen left a sour taste in Rocky Long's mouth. Navy's tripleoption offense gained 254 yards on Rocky Long's 335 which only gave up an average of 153.9 yards in 2014. During the Spring Game, the defense put on a show for the coaching staff offering up 10 tackles for
loss, five sacks, and two interceptions. There should be competition at linebacker this spring.
Unresolved Going Into Fall: Who's the Quarterback?
It's obvious that the quarterback position will continue to keep the coaching staff awake at night.
"Our biggest concern is quarterback, and obviously, we had five different quarterbacks today because we're trying to find out who our starter is, who our backup is and who the third-string is," said Rocky Long on the quarterback position.
From the Spring Game, four quarterbacks are in the mix with Oregon transfer Jake Rodriuges who went 2 of 9 with one interception and 81 yards. Nick Bawden who started a few games for the Aztecs last year went 3 of 7 for 28 yards, but he is not considered a real threat.
The competition will likely come down to Kentucky transfer Maxwell Smith or Christian Chapman.
Since it's only been a month since the spring game don't be surprised if Rocky Long isn't satisfied with any choice at quarterback right now.
The Aztecs was locked out of contention for the Mountain West Conference game in 2014, and also lost to Navy in the S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Looking to build on last year's team, Rocky Long and staff have to work harder to keep up with the rest of the Mountain West.