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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Caden McDonald, San Diego State, Sr LB,...McDonald has started 31 straight games and played in 48 consecutive games for the Aztecs dating back to the 2018 season. The two-time first-team all-MW honoree recorded 49 tackles (21 solo), including three sacks for 22 yards and 6.5 tackles for loss of 28 yards, seven quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and a blocked PAT in 2021. - San Diego State Football

rSr/2023 OLB Caden McDonaldSan Diego State
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  San Diego State cornerbacks Noah Avinger and Dallas Branch were warming up before last year's game against Nevada when, within the span of a few minutes, both players suffered the same freak injury - a dislocated left shoulder. That didn't preclude either of them from playing but did require repair after the season. So two days after SDSU beat UTSA in the Frisco Bowl and two days before Christmas, both players had shoulder surgery. "Dallas went right before me," Avinger said. "The surgery went well, our training staff got us right back on the field, great treatment and I feel like I never left." Branch had a similarly successful recovery.

Rehabilitation prevented them from participating in spring camp, but both Avinger and Branch are good to go now. Avinger, a 6-foot-1 sophomore from Cerritos, and Branch, a 5-11 senior from Redondo Beach, are locked in one of the more intense competitions of preseason camp. "Since I've been here, we've always had the one alpha coming back," SDSU cornerbacks coach Demetrius Sumler said. "The guy who was clearly the best player in the room, an all-conference-caliber player. "We don't have that guy we know is the guy right now, but I think we've got a pretty talented room. If we keep working, we're going to be good." - San Diego Union Tribune


So/2025 CB Noah AvingerSan Diego State
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  He is a grizzled veteran, but San Diego State graduate senior linebacker Caden McDonald welcomes the start of fall camp now more than ever. "It's a blessing to come out here with all the boys again," McDonald said. "Doing six years of first days, this first day has been the most exciting. "You get older, you get more mature, you know what's coming. ... All the butterflies." McDonald said added excitement comes from this being SDSU's 100th season of football, the Aztecs are about to debut at Snapdragon Stadium and, to top it off, younger brother Caden, a transfer from Washington, has joined him on the SDSU defense. - San Diego Times Union

rSr/2023 OLB Caden McDonaldSan Diego State
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Patrick McMorris, San Diego State, Senior S,...McMorris, who last month was named the MW preseason co-defensive player of the year, started all 14 games for the Aztecs last year. The 2021 MW first-team selection had a team-high 90 tackles (53 solo), including 2.5 tackles for loss, a team-best four interceptions for 61 yards, nine pass breakups and a 15-yard fumble recovery in 2021. - San Diego State Football

rJr/2024 SS Patrick McMorrisSan Diego State
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Jordan Byrd, San Diego State,...Byrd, who recently became San Diego State's second MW Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year honoree, and is a two-time all-MW selection at kick returner (first team in 2021, second team in 2020) returned 22 kickoffs for 601 yards (27.3 avg.) with a 100-yard kick return touchdown in 2021 while returning 27 punts for 193 yards (7.1 avg.). Byrd, also rushed 37 times for 246 yards (6.6 avg.) with three touchdowns and a long of 55 yards, while making 13 catches for 76 yards (5.8 avg.) with a long of 20 yards in 2021.

He led the MW in total punt returns (27, 4th in FBS), combined kick return yards (794, 6th in FBS), kick return average (27.3, 15th in FBS), punt return yards (193, 18th in FBS) and punt return average (7.1, 30th in FBS), while tying for first in kick return touchdowns (1, T-13th in FBS), and ranking third in kick return yards (601, 18th in FBS) and total kick returns (22, T-24th in FBS) in 2021. - San Diego State Football


rSr/2023 RB Jordan ByrdSan Diego State
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: S Patrick McMorris, San Diego State,...McMorris, who earned MW preseason co-defensive player of the year on Thursday, started all 14 games for the Aztecs in 2022. The 2021 MW first-team selection had a team-high 90 tackles (53 solo), including 2.5 tackles for loss, a team-best four interceptions for 61 yards, nine pass breakups and a 15-yard fumble recovery in 2021. McMorris came in a tie for second in the Mountain West in interceptions in 2021 (4, T-14th in FBS), was third in the MW in interceptions per game (0.29, T-34th in FBS), and led the team with 37 tackles on passing plays in 2021. He came up with four tackles (two solo) and his first career interception in his third career start in a win over Arizona, and had five tackles (three solo), 0.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup in the win over Utah in 2021. - San Diego State Football

rJr/2024 SS Patrick McMorrisSan Diego State
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: LB Caden McDonald, San Diego State,...This is the second consecutive season that McDonald has been named to the preseason Bronko Nagurski Watch List. McDonald, who was also named to the MW preseason all-conference team on Thursday, has started 31 straight games and played in 48 consecutive games for the Aztecs dating back to the 2018 season. The two-time first-team all-MW honoree recorded 49 tackles (21 solo), including three sacks for 22 yards and 6.5 tackles for loss of 28 yards, seven quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and a blocked PAT in 2021. He registered three solo tackles, including two tackles for loss (six yards) and a 4-yard sack, in 45 snaps in a 38-14 win at Arizona last season, and had four assisted tackles and a quarterback hurry in 79 snaps in a win over Utah in 2021. - San Diego State Football

rSr/2023 OLB Caden McDonaldSan Diego State
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: C Alama Uluave, San Diego State,...Uluave is one of 18 centers on the initial list of 89 interior linemen, and is one of six players from the Mountain West on the list. Uluave, who was named to the MW preseason all-conference team on Thursday, started all 22 games the past two seasons for the Aztecs at center. - San Diego State Football

rSr/2023 C Alama UluaveSan Diego State
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  San Diego State running back Chance Bell is aiming to bring "explosive" power to the football field this fall. To that end, the super senior from Burbank joined wide receiver teammates Jesse Matthews and Tyrell Shavers doing some private workouts that focused on plyometrics. The routines involve jump training that exerts maximum force on muscles in short bursts. "I couldn't just keep doing the same thing, regular lifting and maintenance and cone drills, and expect different results," said Bell, who joined teammate Caden McDonald in Las Vegas this week for Mountain West football media days. "The plyometrics (develops) explosive power. Running into contact and running through contact is, obviously, really important for a running back."

The 5-foot-10 Bell said he has added 15 pounds of good weight, increasing his frame to 200 pounds. "That will all translate in what I'm hoping to do, get to another level and having a productive season," said Bell, SDSU's top returning running back after rushing for 341 yards and four touchdowns last season. Bell and Jordan Byrd, another super senior returning for the Aztecs, came out of spring practice as the team's starting running backs. The more bruising Bell is Mr. Inside to Byrd's Mr. Outside, if you will. - San Diego Union Tribune


rSr/2023 RB Chance BellSan Diego State
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  San Diego State linebacker Caden McDonald didn't put his tooth under his pillow in the hope of enriching himself after it was knocked out against Utah last season. McDonald has profited from the loss nonetheless. "A lot of people take losing a front tooth as a negative thing," said McDonald, a 6-foot-3 senior from Haslet, Texas. "You get your tooth knocked out and think, 'Dang, this sucks. Well, what now?' ... "I turned it into a business opportunity. I started my own clothing line." McDonald branded himself the Toothless Cowboy, the idea sparked when he was wearing a cowboy hat and a toothless grin in a TikTok photo. McDonald created a catchy logo - a T and sideways C designed to resemble a smile with a tooth missing - started the website toothlesscowboy.com and was open for business. - San Diego Union Tribune

rSr/2023 OLB Caden McDonaldSan Diego State
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  2022 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: MARK REDMAN, SAN DIEGO STATE,...Spent the last two seasons at Washington with fellow incoming transfer Cooper McDonald...Played in all 16 games over his two seasons with the Huskies with one start...Played in all 12 games in 2021 with one start (at Colorado)...Had one catch for five yards, which came in a 31-24 overtime win over California. - San Diego State Football

rSo/2025 TE Mark RedmanSan Diego State
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  2022 PRESEASON RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCHLIST: Alama Uluave, San Diego State,...Uluave is one of 40 centers on the initial list and the only player from the Mountain West. Uluave, who was named to the MW preseason all-conference team on Thursday, started all 22 games the past two seasons for the Aztecs at center. - San Diego State Football

rSr/2023 C Alama UluaveSan Diego State
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  Apparently, those who follow Mountain West football are not expecting San Diego State's sum to equal its parts. How else to explain the Aztecs with a conference-high eight selections on the preseason all-Mountain West team a day after SDSU was picked to finish second in the conference's West Division? In a vote of Mountain West media members, the 27-man team included SDSU wide receiver Jesse Matthews and center Alama Uluave were named on the offense. Linemen Keshawn Banks and Jonah Tavai, linebacker Caden McDonald and safety Patrick McMorris were picked on the defense. Jordan Byrd was named among the specialists as both a punt and kick returner. All seven players are seniors.

McMorris shared preseason Defensive Player of the Year with San Jose State defensive lineman Cade Hall. Byrd was picked as preseason Special Teams Player of the Year. McMorris, a first-team all-MW selection last season after leading the Aztecs with 90 tackles and four interceptions, is the first SDSU player so distinguished in the preseason since cornerback Damontae Kazee in 2016. - San Diego Union Tribune


rJr/2024 SS Patrick McMorrisSan Diego State
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  2022 PRESEASON MOUNTAIN WEST CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Patrick McMorris, Sr., DB, San Diego State,...The Aztec safety finished 2021 ranked top-25 nationally in interceptions (4; T-14th), passes defended (13; T-20th) and pass breakups (11; T-23rd). McMorris is the first Aztec to earn preseason defensive player of the year honors since Damontae Kazee in 2016 and third all-time (Leon McFadden; 2012). - Mountain West Football

rJr/2024 SS Patrick McMorrisSan Diego State
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  2022 PRESEASON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Jordan Byrd, Sr., PR/KR, San Diego State,...Byrd is the third Aztec to be named MW Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year, joining Rashaad Penny (2016, '17) and Donny Hageman (2015). The native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a two-time All-MW kick returner. He averaged 27.3 yards per kick return in 2021, and 7.1 yards per punt return. Byrd led the Conference in punt returns (27, 4th nationally), combined kick return yards (794, 6th nationally), kick return average (27.3, 15th nationally), punt return yards (193, 18th nationally) and punt return average (7.1, 30th nationally). He tied for first in kick return touchdowns (1, T-13th nationally). - Mountain West Football

rSr/2023 RB Jordan ByrdSan Diego State
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