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Changes coming for the Aztecs in 2024

New coaches and signing day for the Aztecs football

NCAA Basketball: UC Irvine at San Diego State Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Aztecs making sweeping changes and additions to their 2024 roster

The Aztecs have been busy shoring up their program with the recent departure of former head coach Brady Hoke. For starters, they have a new head coach. Welcome aboard Sean Lewis. The 37 year old recently was offensive coordinator at Colorado and before that, he served as the head coach at Kent State. He has other experience at Eastern Illinois, Bowling Green and Syracuse. He turned around a struggling Golden Flash team in one year, rocketing their offensive performance to fourth best in the country. He has tremendous energy and a focus on offense. Something that Aztec fans will be happy to see. In addition to coach Lewis, there are a number of other coaches who will be new to the Mesa.

Jeff Sobel, Football performance

Matt Johnson, quarterbacks

Bill O’Boyle, run game coordinator & offensive line coach

Zac Barton, Associate head coach and special teams

Darian Hagan, running backs

Lanear Sampson, wide receivers

Eric Schmidt, defensive coordinator, linebackers

CJ McGorisk, safeties

Rob Aurich, defensive line edge rushers

It appears that Ryan Lindley will remain as the offensive coordinator. There may be additional changes.

2024 MWC Opponents

With the new temporary alignment with Oregon State and Washington State, each MWC team will play one of the former Pac teams. Here is the Aztec MWC schedule:

Home: Air Force, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Oregon State

Away: Boise State, UNLV, Utah State, and Wyoming

Interesting omissions are both long-time rivals Fresno State and San Jose State. There will be some rivalries left out during this conference rotation.

2024 New Players

With signing day on Wednesday, December 20, the Aztecs filled their shelves with 24 players, both transfers and freshmen, hoping to fill much-needed openings. Expect a few more players to be added in the next few months. Following are the signees including hometown and previous school.

FR Danny O’Neil, quarterback, Indianapolis, IN Cathedral High School

TR Nate Williams, offensive line, Utica, OH University of Akron

TR Marlen Lewis, defensive line, Venice FL. University of Richmond

TR Anthony Duffy, quarterback. Inland Empire, CA Florida State

TR Nate Bennett, wide receiver. Simi Valley, CA Portland State

TR Brayden Bryant, offensive line. Ardmore, OK University of North Dakota

TR Zach Morris, cornerback. Flower Mound, TX. University of New Mexico

FR Ben Scolari, wide receiver. Reno, NV. Bishop Manogue High School

FR Ryan Gaea, defensive end. Stockton, CA. St. Mary’s High School

FR Arthur Ban, tight end. Vancouver, WA. Evergreen High School

FR Danny Niu, linebacker. East Palo Alto, CA. Serra High School

FR Kodi Cornelius, defensive tackle. Petaluma, CA. Casa Grande High School

FR Will Cianfrini, wide receiver. Galveston, TX. Carlsbad High School

FR Isaiah Buxton, cornerback. San Diego, CA. Mater Dei Catholic High School

JC TR Gabe Garretson, tight end. Chico, CA. Butte College JC

FR Prince Williams, defensive back. Westlake Village, CA. Oaks Christian High School

TR Bryce Phillips, cornerback. Long Beach, CA. Tennessee State

FR Talen Beyer, cornerback. Corona, CA. Centennial High School

JC TR Saipale Fuimaono, offensive line. American Samoa. Alan Hancock JC

TR Ja’Shaun Poke, wide receiver. Hampton, GA. West Virginia

FR Ryan Wolfer, tight end. Peoria, AZ Liberty High School

TR William Nimmo, safety. Corona, CA. UCLA

FR Anthony McMillan, running back. Chula Vista, CA. Mater Dei Catholic High School

FR Jason Mitchell, defensive back. Los Angeles, CA. St. John Bosco High School

This is an exciting time of year. New beginnings. Closure. Expect changes to happen along the way, but this latest group of signees look to have potential to help take the Aztecs back to their prior level of success. Of course, nothing happens overnight. It requires hard work, repetition, training, teamwork and a vision. That is where head coach Lewis has set the bar. Let’s see which of these players rise to that level and how the Aztecs recoup from a disappointing 2023.