Posts Tagged ‘Brady Hoke’

2010 Mountain West Retrospective: Middl’uns

Posted by    |    February 8th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Air Force, San Diego State, and BYU each beat all of the four bottom feeders in the conference. What San Diego State, BYU, and Air Force could not do was beat TCU or Utah, and that is what made them all “middle’uns” in 2010.  AFA and SDSU would tell you they also both beat BYU, but the record book indicates only the Falcons did; the mini-scandal surrounding BYU’s victory over the Aztecs has largely faded away, aided by the “makeup” replay miss in the Holy War that may or may not have cost the Cougars a final conference victory over the Utes. What came around, went around, and more or less the score evened out.

The Mountain West came this close to two major non-conference wins in Columbus and Norman. Missouri Tiger T.J. Moe sprung free (aided by a badly missed call) for a last-minute 68 yard scoring run to secure the win against the surprisingly punchy Aztecs. Earlier that afternoon, Air Force out-gained, out-ran, out-held, and in the end, out-mistaked Oklahoma to lose by three-points. These losses (add SDSU’s heart-breaker in Provo) kept AFA and SDSU out of the polls, and dinged the MWC’s reputation just enough to keep TCU out of the national championship discussion two months later. (more…)

Q&A with AztecSportsReport.com

Posted by    |    November 10th, 2010 at 10:48 am

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…)

Opponent Preview: SAN DIEGO STATE

Posted by    |    November 10th, 2010 at 10:46 am

These aren't your father's Aztecs.

San Diego State is a football team transformed.  It is two bad calls and six points removed from 9-0.  How has Brady Hoke’s crew accomplished what so many coaching staffs had failed to do?

Its newfound success begins (and perhaps ends) on the ground.  SDSU’s ypc figures from 2005—Chuck Long’s first year—through Brady Hoke’s opening season in 2009 steadily declined from 3.9 ypc to a dismal 2.9.  Enter a stronger, more competitive offensive line, steady employment of a fullback, and the most exciting new runningback in the Mountain West, and Aztecs’ average yards per carry more than doubled, to 4.84 yards per carry.  The fullback is senior Brandon Sullivan, and the runningback is true freshman Ronnie Hillman.  Together, they certainly have done more to improve the offensive fortunes on the Mesa than any other duo on the team.  They may have done more than much of the rest of the team, combined.  Running behind Sullivan’s blocking, Hillman carries the ball 62% of the team’s carries, for 71% of its ground yards.  (more…)