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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: San Diego State
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  San Diego State's search for a starting quarterback was the biggest story line coming into spring practice. So what did 15 workouts over five weeks do to decide the matter? Pretty much nothing. The QB search will once again be the primary focus when the Aztecs reconvene for fall camp in August, perhaps extending until game week for the 2021 season opener against New Mexico State. SDSU's post-spring depth chart lists the No.1 quarterback as Lucas Johnson OR Jordon Brookshire OR Jalen Mayden. SDSU head coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jeff Hecklinski regularly note progress among the quarterbacks as the spring progressed, although none of the QBs was particularly impressive during SDSU's Spring Game.

Johnson (5-for-14, 88 yards) threw the game's only touchdown pass, a 72-yard completion to Ethan Dedeaux. That means Johnson amassed only 16 yards through the air during the other eight series in which he was involved. Brookshire (4-for-11, 55 yards) and Mayden (5-for-12, 83 yards) had similar struggles. This isn't going to get it done in an era when several quarterbacks now are completing better than 70 percent of their passes (nine FBS quarterbacks in 2020) and dozens (31) are better than 65 percent. - San Diego Union Tribune


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Lucas JohnsonSan Diego State
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  San Diego State was so deep and experienced in the secondary last season that younger players like safety Patrick McMorris didn't get many chances to show what they could do in a game. When a midseason opportunity presented itself, however, McMorris made the most of it. When senior Dwayne Johnson Jr. missed the team's game at Nevada because of a death in the family, McMorris stepped in at the important Aztec position. That's the 3-3-5 defense's center fielder, who could act as a safety, cornerback or linebacker on a given play.

McMorris was among SDSU's leaders against Nevada, getting seven of the 10 total tackles that he had on the season. SDSU head coach Brady Hoke said, "Pat really did some good things in that football game where, as a coach, you're looking and going, 'This guy is going to be pretty good for us.' "He's continued to do that...Within the defense itself he has some big shoes to fill. But he has really done a nice job." McMorris' name has popped up throughout the spring, and he kept popping up all over the field during Friday's scrimmage. - San Diego Union Tribune


(DS#999 SS) Jr/2023 SS Patrick McMorrisSan Diego State
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  03/04/21 - Greg BellSr/2022, San Diego State, 5-11, 200 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  Hoke said the Aztecs will begin spring football March 15, almost one year to the day from the COVID-19 outbreak that forced everything to be canceled. SDSU got in six of its scheduled 15 spring workouts last year before the pandemic hit. SDSU will observe a Monday, Wednesday, Friday practice schedule through April 16, with the workouts culminating in a spring scrimmage. Fans are invited to the scrimmage in normal years, but that isn't expected to be the case this year. SDSU has not allowed spectators for spring events at this point, and a school spokesman said that's not expected to change for the scrimmage. The biggest areas of interest coming into the 2021 season will be at quarterback, on the offensive line and in the secondary. - San Diego Union Tribune

(DS#13 RB) Sr/2022 RB Greg BellSan Diego State
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  Graduate transfer tight ends Nolan Givan and Alex Wilson and senior offensive lineman Jalen Booth also have entered the transfer portal. Givan was the most accomplished of the group, playing in all eight of the team's games. He was used mainly in a blocking capacity, finishing the season with three catches for 34 yards. games. He was used mainly in a blocking capacity, finishing the season with three catches for 34 yards. - San Diego Union Tribune

(DS#999 TE) rSr/2022 TE Nolan GivanSan Diego State
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  01/02/21 - *Darren HallrJr/2021, San Diego State, 5-11, 188 (DS#28 CB) + More +

  San Diego State's defensive secondary was perhaps the deepest position group - and certainly most experienced - on the team this season. But the Aztecs could be auditioning for five new starters in the spring. In recent days, three starters - junior cornerback Darren Hall and senior safeties Tariq Thompson and Dwayne Johnson Jr. - declared on social media for the 2021 NFL Draft. Two other senior starters - cornerback Tayler Hawkins and safety Trenton Thompson - also could be gone. The NCAA has extended an extra year of eligibility to players amid the COVID-19 crisis, so Hawkins and Thompson could potentially return. Their 2021 plans have not yet been made public. - San Diego Union Tribune

(DS#28 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Darren HallSan Diego State
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  12/16/20 - Greg BellSr/2022, San Diego State, 5-11, 200 (DS#13 RB) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB - Greg Bell, Sr., San Diego State,...Heading the SDSU second-team honorees is Greg Bell, who has rushed for 637 yards and six touchdowns on 113 attempts (5.6 avg.), while adding 11 catches for 114 yards (10.4 avg.) and another touchdown. Despite missing the Colorado game and all but a handful of snaps in two others, Bell leads the MW in rushing yards (637), and ranks second in rushing yards per game (91.00), tied for fourth in rushing touchdowns (6), fifth in rush attempts per game (16.14) and tied for fifth in overall touchdowns (7). - San Diego State Football

(DS#13 RB) Sr/2022 RB Greg BellSan Diego State
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  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Kyle Spalding, Sr., San Diego State,...Spalding earned his first all-conference honor after starting all eight games at left tackle. A San Diego State offensive lineman has now made an MW first team in five of the last six seasons. Spalding led an offensive line unit that made the Joe Moore Midseason Honor Roll for the best offensive line in the country, allowing just one sack in 219 passing plays (0.46 pct.) and only two pressures (0.91 pct.). Spalding, who only has one penalty on the season in 555 snaps (0.18 pct.), has 31 knockdowns (3.9 per game), the second most on the team. - San Diego State Football

(DS#32 OT) rSr/2021 OT Kyle SpaldingSan Diego State
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  12/16/20 - Jonah TavaiSr/2022, San Diego State, 6-0, 305 (DS#87 DT) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Jonah Tavai, DL,...Tavai made a MW team for the first time of his career after a breakout season, where he has recorded 27 tackles (17 solo), six tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and five quarterback hurries. Among the MW leaders, Tavai ranks fifth in sack yards (38) and sixth in tackles for loss yards (45). It is the second straight year that the Aztecs had three defensive linemen on the all-conference team. - San Diego State Football

(DS#87 DT) Sr/2022 DT Jonah TavaiSan Diego State
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  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Dwayne Johnson, Jr., DB,...Johnson Jr. became an honorable-mention selection for a second straight campaign from the signature Aztec position in the 3-3-5 defense. A team captain, Johnson has 40 tackles (23 solo) with 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, three pass breakups and a quarterback hurry. He's one tackle short of tying for the team lead, despite missing the Nevada game. - San Diego State Football

(DS#20 SS) rSr/2021 SS Dwayne Johnson Jr.San Diego State
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  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Tyler Hawkins, DB,...Hawkins was selected to his first all-MW team after a season that saw him start out at boundary safety and move to boundary cornerback. Altogether, he has recorded 37 tackles (third on the team) with an interception and three pass breakups. - San Diego State Football

(DS#82 CB) rSr/2022 CB Tayler HawkinsSan Diego State
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  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Daniel Bellinger, TE,...Earning all-league accolades for the first time as an honorable-mention pick, Bellinger has caught 21 passes for 203 yards with a 9.7 catch average. Bellinger, who ranks second on the team in both receptions and yards, is also third in the league among tight ends in both categories. San Diego State landed a tight end on the all-MW team for a sixth consecutive season. - San Diego State Football

(DS#26 TE) Sr/2022 TE Daniel BellingerSan Diego State
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  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Keshawn Banks, DL,...Banks garnered all-league recognition for a second straight year after earning second-team honors last season. This year he has totaled 14 tackles (nine solo) with five tackles for loss, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and six quarterback hurries. - San Diego State Football

(DS#88 DE) Sr/2022 DE Keshawn BanksSan Diego State
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  12/16/20 - Matt AraizarJr/2023, San Diego State, 6-1, 205 (DS#19 K) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Matt Araiza, PK,...Finally, Araiza picked up his second honorable-mention, making it five of the last six seasons an Aztec kicker has earned all-league recognition. On the season Araiza is 10-for-14 (.714) on field goal attempts and leads the team with 53 points. Araiza has also kicked off 41 times for 2,637 yards (64.3 avg.) with 28 touchbacks. Araiza leads the league in kickoffs, kickoff yards, kickoff average, kickoff touchbacks and touchback percentage (.683), and ranks third in field goals and field goals per game (1.3), and tied for fifth in field goal percentage. - San Diego State Football

(DS#19 K) rJr/2023 K Matt AraizaSan Diego State
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  12/16/20 - Tanner KuljianrSr/2021, San Diego State, 5-10, 178 (DS#6 P) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): P - Tanner Kuljian, Sr., San Diego State,...Kuljian made the most of his one season on The Mesa, punting 35 times for 1,589 yards (45.4 avg.) with 12 punts inside the 20-yard line and nine of at least 50 yards. Despite punting at sea level for his home games compared to the six teams who punt at elevation, Kuljian leads the league in punt average, and ranks third in net punt average (39.8) and punts inside the 20 (12). His 45.4 punt average is the third-best mark in SDSU single-season history. - San Diego State Football

(DS#6 P) rSr/2021 P Tanner KuljianSan Diego State
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  12/16/20 - Jordan ByrdSr/2022, San Diego State, 5-09, 170 (DS#79 RB) + More +

  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): KR - Jordan Byrd, Jr., San Diego State,...Byrd made the second team as a kick returner, returning 12 kicks for 383 yards (31.9 avg.) with a 93-yard touchdown. Byrd leads the MW and ranks sixth nationally in kick return average. He's also tied for second in kickoff return touchdowns (1), third in kickoff return yards (383) and total kick return yards (417). Byrd, who has added 225 rushing yards and two touchdowns, eight catches for 24 yards and seven punt returns for 34 yards, would rank second in SDSU single-season history in kick return average if he had enough returns (15) to qualify. - San Diego State Football

(DS#79 RB) Sr/2022 RB Jordan ByrdSan Diego State
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