Spring Recap: San Diego State Aztecs

JeremySenior Writer IMay 5, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Kevin O'Connell #7 of the San Diego State Aztecs celebrates with  Lynell Hamilton#22 during the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils on September 15, 2007 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

2008 was known as year of the injury with nearly everyone injured on offense and defense. 

Freshman and Sophomores were forced into playing time, which resulted in their two win campaign.

New Coach Brady Hoke is looking to toughen up the team on both sides of the ball.

Not only were they bad, the Aztecs were nearly the worst team in FBS. 

The Aztecs ranked 117th out of 119 teams in rushing offense last season and 118th in rushing defense.

Brady Hoke brings over his offense from Ball State, which ranked 17th nationally in offense in comparison to San Diego State who was 99th in total offense.

The defense looks strong as former New Mexico coach, Rocky Long, is now the new defensive coordinator.  The new defense is the odd ball 3-3-5 which brings in misdirection and blitzing from nearly every position.

The premise of the defense is to cause misdirection and confusion against the opposing offense. 

During spring scrimmages, the defense looked strong by continually getting sacks and tackles for loss.

The loan bright spot on the offense is quarterback Ryan Lindley who passed for 2,653 yards and 16 touchdowns.  Most of those stats were from behind, but their is reason to be optimistic since Lindley was an accurate passer and had nine interceptions.

The running game is wide open with Davon Brown, Atiyyah Henderson, and Brandon Sullivan all competing for the starting job. 

Henderson was the lead back last year, but managed only 490 yards.  He still averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

To be successful, the Aztecs must develop a solid running game...so, opposing defenses need to be honest. 

The new offense that Hoke is bringing to San Diego State should eventually bring success to the only school that has not been to a bowl game in the conference's ten year history.