Tom Shanahan writes exhaustively about Aztec football at AztecSportsReport.com. He kindly answered these questions from the Purple Wimple, about SDSU and the upcoming match with TCU.
Purple Wimple: What strengths for SDSU play into TCU weaknesses?
Aztec Sports Report: Does TCU have a weakness? If they do have a weakness on defense, San Diego State offensive coordinator Al Borges will find it. The Aztecs have a balanced offense that complements itself very well and is explosive at exploiting a run defense or pass defense when opportunities arise. For example, two weeks ago Wyoming loaded up against the run and limited Ronnie Hillman to 44 yards rushing. But with the Wyoming defense committed to the run, senior WR DeMarco Sampson caught seven balls for 175 yards with TDs of 59 and 56 yards and senior WR Vincent Brown caught five balls for 144 yards. Brown didn’t have a TD, but he had a 53-yarder that set up a TD. Both Sampson and Brown are NFL prospects, so last week Colorado State focused on them. Brown had only three catches for 40 yards with no scores and Sampson only two catches for 23 yards with no scores. But Ronnie Hillman ran 31 times for 151 yards and one touchdown. (more…)