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Gill Man

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Who is the backup? Maybe time to sink or swim with whoever that is. Thing is they controlled the clock by a large margin, which was their strategy, but it still failed due to the mistakes. If you are gonna hold onto the ball for a long time you gotta be consistent and they weren't. Bummer loss.
 

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We always seem to tank this time of year. I hope we can turn it back around after a loss instead of heading into a Mountain West avalanche of more losses like we usually do.

Too much blame is being put on our QB. It isn't like he is getting paid millions of dollars to sell out San Diego and fight for an L.A. loser. He is just a college player doing his best.
 

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We always seem to tank this time of year. I hope we can turn it back around after a loss instead of heading into a Mountain West avalanche of more losses like we usually do.

Too much blame is being put on our QB. It isn't like he is getting paid millions of dollars to sell out San Diego and fight for an L.A. loser. He is just a college player doing his best.
yeah probably true, not necessarily a good idea to give up on the kid yet......if you go back to last year there were some games where he was praised for his role in winning as a backup replacing the starter. Whatever, it's college ball, these are kids and there are a lot of more important things than winning and losing a football game....that's why it's called a GAME. Still we love our SD teams and get frustrated when they lose. Same ol'. Whenever and if ever we get a championship, whether college or pro in any sport, this town will go nuts.
 
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yeah probably true, not necessarily a good idea to give up on the kid yet......if you go back to last year there were some games where he was praised for his role in winning as a backup replacing the starter. Whatever, it's college ball, these are kids and there are a lot of more important things than winning and losing a football game....that's why it's called a GAME. Still we love our SD teams and get frustrated when they lose. Same ol'. Whenever and if ever we get a championship, whether college or pro in any sport, this town will go nuts.
Well, it's impossible for the Aztecs to win a championship. That's what's incredibly stupid about college football.
 

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Well, it's impossible for the Aztecs to win a championship. That's what's incredibly stupid about college football.
yeah I know.....never gonna happen.......it's a tremendously unbalanced sport where the SEC or SAC wins every year. They need to hold a college football draft lolz.
 

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Well, it's impossible for the Aztecs to win a championship. That's what's incredibly stupid about college football.
I am good with a Mountain West championship and a bowl win.

As far as I am concerned, we aren't in the same League as Alabama or Clemson, and those teams aren't in the same League as the Patriots or Broncos. It isn't like Alabama is complaining it isn't allowed to compete for a Super Bowl, so I am not going to complain that we aren't going to be in a college playoff in the near future or maybe ever.
 

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3 Thoughts after the Aztecs’ 23-17 loss to Utah State


Three thoughts following San Diego State’s 23-17 Mountain West loss on Saturday night to Utah State:
1. On the defensive
The Aztecs may look back at this loss several weeks from now and kick themselves in frustration.
It was one of those games where the defensive players have to say they win as a team and lose as a team. But this loss was really on SDSU’s offense, which had seemingly turned the corner the past two games, only to struggle much of the game against the Aggies.
The Aztecs dug themselves a 20-3 halftime hole, breaking ground for Utah State’s first score when SDSU quarterback Ryan Agnew threw a pass that glanced off a receiver and ended up in the hands of Aggies safety Shaq Bond, who returned it 48 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead nine minutes into the game.
It staggered SDSU, which had used nearly half the first quarter to control the ball on the game’s opening possession, leading to a field goal, and then forced a three-and-out the first time the Aggies touched the football.
Utah State, with highly-regarded quarterback Jordan Love directing the offense, came into the contest averaging nearly 50 points a game since the start of the 2018 season. But the Aggies scored only 16 points when SDSU’s defense was on the field. Only three of those points came in the second half. Three times the Aztecs limited the Aggies to a field goal when they were threatening for more points.
“Not good enough,” SDSU head coach Rocky Long said after the game. “It’s never good enough.”
Not (never) good enough because they lost. But it should have been plenty good enough.
“We gave up some yardage (375 total yards), and when they got in the red zone, we were able to make them kick field goals and that allows you to stay in the game,” Long said. “If those were touchdowns, the game would get out of hand in the first half. I don’t know what exactly it would have been, 40-3 or something, I’m just guessing. But for the defense to hold them to field goals kept us in the game. When you play a quarterback as skilled as he is, if you hold him to 16 points, that’s not bad.”
Just frustrating.
2. Crazy legs Agnew
One of the things that makes Agnew so compelling as SDSU’s quarterback is the ability to keep plays alive with his legs.
At times Agnew, who was 20 of 37 for 281 yards against Utah State, takes it to almost comical proportions. Sometimes it works and sometimes it turns out ... well, like SDSU’s final offensive play against the Aggies.
Trailing by six points and facing a fourth-and-10 from his own 39-yard line in the game’s waning seconds, Agnew took the snap and scrambled. And scrambled some more. And scrambled some more. Still surrounded by Utah State rushers, by now having retreated to his own 2-yard line, Agnew tried to fling the ball away. He was flagged for intentional grounding. It went down as a sack and a 37-yard loss. The ball was returned to the Aggies, who ran the final 32 seconds off the clock.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Agnew’s scrambling breathed life into the Aztecs.
The SDSU offense’s brightest moment came with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Aztecs faced a fourth-and-16 when Agnew scrambled to his left, looked around and around and finally spotted an open man, heaving the ball to the right, where wide receiver Kobe Smith was wide open at the goal line. Smith’s 25-yard touchdown catch moved the Aztecs within two touchdowns at 23-10. Five minutes later, wide receiver Isaiah Richardson turned a short pass over the middle into a 49-yard touchdown that made it a 23-17 game.
Asked if Agnew broke away from the pocket too much, Long said he would have to review the film. But then he said this: “When you have a quarterback who’s an athlete like he is and used to doing that, you can’t tell him not to. The times he scrambled around, one of those touchdowns got us back in the game. That’s all his scrambling.”
3. Catching their breath
There is a certain rhythm to SDSU’s schedule this season.
Play four games. Take a week off. Play four games. Take a week off. Play four games.
Most fans of SDSU (3-1) would probably have been happy if you told them before the season that the Aztecs would win three of their first four games. It is something of a disappointment now because SDSU had positioned itself to win four straight to open the season. Now they get a breather.
This week brings the first of two off weeks (the other is Nov. 2) for the Aztecs, who could not have placed their byes any better themselves.
After the respite, SDSU resumes the season with an Oct. 5 game at Colorado State.
While everyone on the two-deep has an opportunity to heal their nicks and bruises, it is a great chance for senior running back Juwan Washington to finally put an ankle injury behind him. Washington has been less than 100 percent since the first quarter of the first game, when he suffered a sprained ankle against Weber State. Since he was held out of the past two games, Saturday against Utah State and the week before at New Mexico State, Washington will have gone four weeks between games by the time he steps on the field in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Long looks at it as a week for development — and fun.
“We’ll go out there in full pads a couple times and the guys that aren’t playing for us right now, let them scrimmage so they can actually get a feel for playing football,” Long said. “That’s what they’re here for. Instead of being on scout team, they’ll have fun and everybody will have fun watching them play. It will be sloppy, real sloppy, but it will be fun for everybody that’s doing it.”
As for when the team shifts its focus back to game week practices in another seven days, Long said, “Obviously, we’ve got to get better at our kicking game. We’ve got to do some things there so we don’t get penalized. We’ve got to be more consistent on offense and score some more points than we’re scoring and on defense we’ve got to cause turnovers. When we cause turnovers, we win. When we don’t, we lose.”
Saturday’s game was the first this season in which the Aztecs did not get a takeaway.
 

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Aztecs should run run/pass option with agnew.

He is not a pocket passer.

I was at that game, it was hard to watch.

I am an Aztec for LIFE!!!!!

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domers.......
 
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Scouting Report: Aztecs at Colorado State


San Diego State (3-1) comes off last week’s bye to resume Mountain West play on Saturday night at Colorado State (1-4), where SDSU meets a potentially dangerous Rams team that has been its own worst enemy at time this season.
SDSU leads the all-time series 20-14, including a 10-6 mark in Fort Collins, Colo., where the Aztecs have won five straight meetings. It is homecoming for Colorado State, so the cup-half-full argument for the Rams is that they’re 4-2 against the Aztecs when the matchup coincides with homecoming.
Colorado State did beat the Aztecs — really beat them — the last time the teams met, notching a 63-31 victory in the final game of the 2016 regular season on a rainy, windy night at Qualcomm Stadium.
SDSU is a 6 1/2-point favorite coming into this game.
About the Rams
Colorado State is nearly two decades removed now from the three Mountain West championships the Rams won over the four-year period from 1999-2002. That was in the midst of the Sonny Lubick era, when the program enjoyed nine of its 17 bowl appearances.
Mike Bobo is Colorado State’s third head coach since Lubick left after the 2007 season. And while Bobo is the highest paid coach among his Mountain West peers ($1.8 million per year), Colorado State fans haven’t seen the results commensurate with that salary. The Rams went 7-6 in each of Bobo’s first three seasons before slipping to 3-9 last year. Their 1-4 start is even more disappointing and has Bobo listed No. 24 on coacheshotseat.com, where UNLV’s Tony Sanchez (No. 17) is the only Mountain West coach with a hotter seat.
A Week 2 win over Western Illinois (38-13) represents CSU’s only victory this season, although the Rams were competitive well into the second half in losses against Colorado (52-31), Arkansas (55-34), Toledo (41-35) and last week at Utah State (34-24).
“Colorado State proved that they’re just as good and physically gifted as Utah State,” said SDSU head coach Rocky Long, whose team suffered its only defeat of the season in a 23-17 home loss to Utah State two weeks ago. “The game they played against each other was equal, other than a couple turnovers. I anticipate a very close game. If we don’t make mistakes and make some plays, we can win. If we make some mistakes, they can win, too.”
Turnovers tell the story for the Rams. They have lost the ball 12 times in five games while managing just six takeaways. Crucial last week was a fourth-quarter fumble that Utah State returned for a touchdown.
“They’re potentially a really good team,” Long said. “They’ve played really well. They have over 500 yards in total offense. They’re the second-leading scoring team in our league. They’ve fumbled it a little bit and turned it over, which has prevented them from winning several games.”
One thing notable in the game is that the head coaches will be going head-to-head, with Bobo calling the offense for the Rams while Long calls the defense for the Aztecs.
The offense
Colorado State is averaging 32.4 points a game with 501 yards in total offense. This, despite losing starting quarterback Collin Hill with a torn ACL in Week 3 at Arkansas. According to The Coloradoan, it is the third time Hill has torn his left ACL in his college career, having done it during a game against Utah State as a true freshman in 2016 and in a pickup basketball game in the spring of 2018.
Junior transfer Patrick O’Brien has completed 54 of 94 passes for 757 yards and in Hill’s absence. O’Brien hasn’t been as productive, completing 10 percent fewer of his passes and a fraction of the touchdown passes (2) that Hill had (8) in virtually the same amount of playing time, although O’Brien did pass for 405 yards in his first start against Toledo. CSU totaled a school-record 694 yards in offense in the game.
The Rams offense has been virtually as productive because of the efforts of running back Marvin Kinsey Jr., who leads the ground game with 90 carries for 626 yards and four touchdowns. Kinsey has three straight games with at least one scoring play of at least 74 yards.
Warren Jackson (31 catches, 327 yards, 3 TDs) and Dante Wright (27 catches, 410 yards, 3 TDs) are the team’s top two receivers, although three other players have double-digit receptions. That doesn’t even include Nate Craig Myers, whose eight catches have averaged 23.1 yards apiece.
The defense
Colorado State’s defense has left plenty to be desired, ranking in triple digits among the NCAA’s 130 teams in points allowed per game (39.0, 123rd), rushing yards allowed per game (239.6, 123rd) and total defense per game (440.2 yards, 106th).
Then again, the Rams are going against an SDSU offense that ranks in triple digits in points scored per game (19.3, 117th), passing yards per game (199.5, 103rd) and total offense per game (345.0 yards, 109th).
So what gives? Good question.
The Rams had to be encouraged by their first half against Utah State. The defense had produced only two turnovers in four games, but against the Aggies they forced a fumble, blocked a punt and had an interception returned 44 yards for a touchdown by senior cornerback Andrew Neal in the first two periods and trailed just 24-21 at halftime. CSU added another fumble and an interception in the second half, but the offense managed only a third-quarter field goal in the half.
Most of the Rams’ sacks have been produced by three defensive linemen — junior Ellison Hubbard (3 1/2), senior Jan-Phillip Bombek (2 1/2) and junior Toby McBride (2).
Special teams
Colorado State punter Ryan Stonehouse is the NCAA’s active career leader in punting average (47.2 yards), brimming with confidence, no doubt, kicking in thin air at 5,000 feet.
 

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never understood how the Pads let local talent get away so easily
This is the one time the Padres are excused on missing out on him.

He was the number 1 pick by the nationals that year.

But yes, Padres do have a history of ignoring local talent.
 

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This is the one time the Padres are excused on missing out on him.

He was the number 1 pick by the nationals that year.

But yes, Padres do have a history of ignoring local talent.
Yes. How long is it going to take for the Pads to finally sign Gill Man and Harry.
 
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Yes. How long is it going to take for the Pads to finally sign Gill Man and Harry.
They offered me 2nd. Base. I said I'm a pitcher. I clocked 58 mph on a rock throw for the dog.
I had to shut it down. Cooper brought back a smaller rock.

When I was playing, the phrase was, “that ball got outta here in a Harry.”

 
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Yep. Smart football. Agnew is improving and making great plays.
That was a great comeback win. 2nd half was some of the best football I've seen from both sides of the ball. Agnew who I've been critical about is getting more comfortable in this offense. Matthews is a great compliment to Kobe Smith at WR.
 

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This could be agnews best college game ever.

he won the game tonight.

unreal performance.
Finally played like a 3 star recruit. Also the offense is starting to get some chemistry in this new spread system. Washington is not yet at 100%, but his presence on the field has opened things up for the passing game.