2012 San Diego State Aztecs Football Preview
2011 Record: 8-5 (4-3 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Rocky Long, second season (8-5 at San Diego State) (73-74 overall)
Projected Returning Starters: 12
Spring Game: March 17th (Black 6 Red 0)
Notes: Coach Brady Hoke’s arrival in San Diego signaled a change. Although he was only there two seasons, Coach Hoke took San Diego State from a 2-10 team under Chuck Long to a 4-8 team in his first season. In Hoke’s second, and final season, the team was 9-4, with a victory in the Poinsettia Bowl. Luckily, when Coach Hoke left, the Aztecs retained their defensive coordinator as head coach, Rocky Long. Long has had his footprint in the west coast, coaching as an assistant at New Mexico, Wyoming, TCU, Oregon State, and UCLA. He also served as head coach at New Mexico from 1998-2008.
BVTSB Take: Overall, the Aztecs had a pretty favorable non-conference in 2011, playing Cal Poly, Army, Washington State, Michigan, and Fresno State. The Aztecs only lost to the Wolverines, while beating the other four teams. San Diego State was 3-1 in games decided by a touchdown or less. The 2012 non-conference schedule for the Aztecs is still pretty favorable: Washington, Army, North Dakota, and San Jose State. San Diego State should have a 3-1 mark in non-conference play, heading into the Mountain West games. Unfortunately, for Aztec fans, San Diego State does not play New Mexico this season; San Diego State plays at Nevada, Boise State, and Wyoming. The Aztecs lose quarterback Ryan Lindley and running back Ronnie Hillman to graduation. SDSU’s top three receivers in 2011, Colin Lockett, Gavin Escobar, and Dylan Denso, all return this season. Expect a slight step back for the Aztecs this season. Having to replace a quarterback who threw for more than 11000 yards and 80 touchdowns in his four year career is tough.
2012 Early Projection: 7-5
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