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SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
2012 FOOTBALL GAME NOTES
San Diego State Media Relations | Fowler Athletics Center, Suite 3014 | 5302 55th Street | San Diego, CA 92182-4309 | 619-594-5547Official Website:GoAztecs.com |Facebook:Facebook.com/goaztecs |Twitter:@GoAztecs, @AztecsPR (media only)
Date Opponent Site TV Time Series Note
Sept. 1
at (rv/rv) Washington
Seattle, Wash. Pac-12 Net. 7:30 p.m. PT UW, 2-0 Aztecs are 27-17-4 in openers;Huskies CentruyLink Field 1st meeting since 1997 (UW 36-3)Sept. 8
ARMY
San Diego, Calif. NBC Sports 4:30 p.m. PT SDSU, 1-0 SDSU is 15-19 all-time vs. serviceBlack Knights Qualcomm Stadium academies w/ 23-20 win at Army in ‘11Sept. 15
NORTH DAKOTA
San Diego, Calif. 5 p.m. PT First Meeting Teams playing for 1st time; SDSUFighting Sioux Qualcomm Stadium is 1-0 all-time against ND schoolsSept. 22
SAN JOSE STATE
San Diego, Calif. 5 p.m. PT SJSU, 18-15-2 SJSU has won last two in series,Spartans Qualcomm Stadium but SDSU has won last 8 at homeSept. 29
at Fresno State
Fresno, Calif. 7 p.m. PT SDSU, 27-20-4 51 all-time meetings most vs. anyBulldogs Bulldog Stadium Aztec opp.; SDSU won 5 of last 6Oct. 6
HAWAI’I
San Diego, Calif. CBS Sports 5 p.m. PT SDSU, 15-9-2 1st meeting in San Diego since ’98;Warriors Qualcomm Stadium SDSU has won 5 straight at homeOct. 13
COLORADO STATE
San Diego, Calif. Time Warner 3:30 p.m. PT SDSU, 18-13 Aztecs are 6-1 in last 7 vs. CSU;Rams Qualcomm Stadium SDSU has 142 pts. in last 5 meetingsOct. 20
at Nevada
Reno, Nev. CBS Sports 7:30 p.m. PT Tied, 2-2 SDSU’s 1st trip to Reno since 1945;Wolfpack Mackay Stadium Aztecs won last 2 (1995 & 2004)Oct. 27
UNLV
San Diego, Calif. Time Warner 5 p.m PT SDSU, 13-8 SDSU has won 8 of last 10 inRebels Qualcomm Stadium series and 5 straight at homeNov. 3
at Boise State
Boise, Idaho CBS Sports 8:30 p.m. MT BSU, 1-0 BSU cashed in on 3 SDSU 1st quarterBroncos Bronco Stadium TO’s last year in 52-35 win in SDNov. 10
AIR FORCE
San Diego, Calif. NBC Sports 12:30 p.m. PT AFA, 19-11 SDSU has won 2 straight in seriesFalcons Qualcomm Stadium for first time since 2003-04Nov. 24
at Wyoming
Laramie, Wyo. Time Warner 1:30 p.m. MT WYO, 18-15 WYO has won 5 of 8; SDSU snappedCowboys War Memorial Stadium 3-gm losing streak in WYO in ’10
18 Conference Championships | Two Consecutive Bowl Game Appearances | MW-Record 138 NFL Draft Picks
THE SET-UP
 
San Diego State opens its 90th season of football, 44th at the Division I level, the 14th and final as amember of the Mountain West Conference (SDSU joins the BIG EAST Conference for football next season)and the second under head coach Rocky Long on Saturday, Sept. 1 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle againstWashington.Of the 53 FBS games scheduled on Saturday, this is one of only 12 to feature a pair of bowl teams fromthe 2011 campaign. The Aztecs played in the R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl en route to an 8-5 seasonwhile the Huskies advanced to Valero Alamo Bowl and finished 7-6.San Diego State returns 13 starters and 40 letterwinners off a 2011 team that posted its second con-secutive winning season and second straight bowl appearance. SDSU has not posted three consecutivewinning seasons since 1989-91 and has
never 
advanced to a bowl game in three straight years.The Aztecs are looking to win their third consecutive season-opening game for the first time since winningthe opener four straight years from 1994 through 1997.This is just the third all-time meeting between the two schools, with UW owning a 2-0 series lead. Ineach of the previous encounters, Washington was ranked among the top three in the country at kickoff.Following the game, San Diego State opens a three-game homestand at Qualcomm Stadium (aka: AztecWarrior Stadium) with a contest against Army on Sept. 8. In addition to playing three straight at home,SDSU will play five of its next six contests on home turf starting with the matchup against the Cadets.
Ranking:
nv/nv (AP/Coaches); Sagarin: 71
Last Game:
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - L, 30-32
Next Game:
vs. Army, 4:30 p.m. PT, NBCSN
Head Coach:
Rocky Long
Career Record:
73-74 / 13th seasonSDSU Record: 8-5 / 2nd seasonvs. Washington: 1st meeting
RETURNING LEADERSRushing:
Walter Kazee: 74 car., 339 yds., 4 TD
Passing:
Adam Dingwell: 0-of-1, 0 yds.
Receiving:
Colin Lockett: 58 rec., 970 yds., 8 TD
Tackles:
Nat Berhe: 67 tackles, 2 Int., 3.5 TFL
SAN DIEGO STATE (0-0; 0-0 Mountain West)
Ranking:
rv/rv (AP/Coaches); Sagarin: 52
Last Game:
vs. Baylor - L, 56-67
Next Game:
at LSU, 6 p.m. CT, ESPN
Head Coach:
Steve Sarkisian
Career Record:
 
19-19 / 4th seasonWashington Record: 19-19 / 4th seasonvs. San Diego State: 1st meeting
RETURNING LEADERSRushing:
Jesse Callier: 47 car., 260 yds., 1 TD
Passing:
Keith Price: 242-362, 3,063 yds., 33 TD
Receiving:
Jamaal Kearse: 47 rec., 699 yds., 7 TD
Tackles:
Sean Parker: 91 tackles, 4 Int., 1.5 TFL
WASHINGTON (0-0; 0-0 Pac-12)
Media Schedule ...........................................2Notes.......................................................3-9SDSU Opening-Game Records................10-11Head Coach Rocky Long .............................12Coaching Staff............................................13Roster..................................................14-15Depth Chart...............................................16Statistics..............................................17-21Last Time it Happened...........................22-23
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Date / Time:
Sat., Sept. 1, 2012 / 7:47 p.m. PT
Site:
Seattle, Wash. / CenturyLink Field (67,500)
TV:
PAC 12 Networks
Talent:
Kevin Calabro (pxp), Adam Archuleta(analyst), Yogi Roth (sideline), Michael Molinari(producer)
Radio:
KOGO, 95.7 FM & AM 600
Talent:
Ted Leitner (pxp), Chris Ello (analyst),Kevin O’Connell (sideline)
Live Stats:
GoAztecs.com
Twitter Updates:
twitter.com/GoAztecs (public) twitter.com/AztecsPR (media)
Series:
Washington leads, 2-0
San Diego:
no meetings
Seattle:
Washington leads, 2-0
Neutral:
no meetings
First Meeting:
Oct. 2, 1982 - UW, 46-25
Last Meeting:
Sept. 13, 1997 - UW, 36-3
Note:
In both previous meetings between theteams, Washington was ranked in the top threein the country (No. 1 in 1982, No. 3 in 1997).
GAME INFORMATION2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
 
WEEKLY MEDIA SCHEDULE
All practices are closed to both the public and the media with the lone exception being the first 20 min-utes of Tuesday and Wednesday’s workouts (media only). Members of the media planning to attend Tuesdayor Wednesday’s practice will need to call the media relations office to be placed on a list to gain access tothe practice fields.Post-practice interview requests should be submitted to the San Diego State media relations office nolater than 10 a.m. on the day of the potential interview. Other interview requests must be made at least24 hours in advance.Red indicates a show that Rocky Long and/or SDSU football players appear on.Green indicates media op-portunity for television network broadcasting Saturday’s game.* - indicates event is simulcast live onGoAztecs.com. ^-indicates quotes from event will be available on GoAztecs.com.
MONDAY (starting Aug. 27):
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NO PRACTICE. All SDSU student-athlete features shouldtake place on this day. Please submit playerrequests by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Outside of this window, student-athletes will only be available at Tues-day’s news conference or briefly after Tuesday’s practice.
TUESDAY: ---FINAL DAY OF STUDENT-ATHLETE AVAILABILITY FOR THE WEEK---
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9:42 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. PT – Rocky Long on MW conference call. Contact the SDSU media relationsoffice for details. This is the best opportunityfor out of town media to get interviews with Rocky Long.
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*^Noon PT – Rocky Long weekly news conference (Fowler Athletics Center, 2nd floor recruiting lounge).Tuesday’s news conference will preview the upcoming game.
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*^12:20 p.m. PT – SDSU student-athlete news conference (Fowler Athletics Center, 2nd floor recruitinglounge).
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3:45 p.m. PT – 4:05 p.m. PT – Media who cover SDSU athletics on a regular basis are allowed toattend and shoot the first 20 minutes of practice.
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TBD – Post-practice interviews (Fowler Athletics Center, 2nd floor recruiting lounge). Student-athletesavailable for a brief time after practice. Players who participated in the news conference are notavailablepost-practice.
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San Diego State news conference available on Dragonfly System (contact SDSU media relations for de-tails).
WEDNESDAY:
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3:45 p.m. PT – 4:05 p.m. PT – Media who cover SDSU athletics on a regular basis are allowed toattend and shoot the first 20 minutes of practice.
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TBD – Post-practice interviews (Fowler Athletics Center, 2nd floor recruiting lounge). Rocky Long andassistant coaches available upon request after practice. Very limited availability for coach Long due tohis radio show.
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*7 p.m. – 8 p.m. PT – The Rocky Long Show on AM 600 KOGO live from Hooleys Irish Pub and Grillin La Mesa at Grossmont Center.
THURSDAY: ---FINAL DAY OF ROCKY LONG/ASSISTANT COACHES AVAILABILITY---
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Noon PT – Conference call for TV crew producing Saturday’s game, ROAD GAMES ONLY. Available onlyif requested in advance and must be set up by television crew.
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TBD – Post-practice interviews (Fowler Athletics Center, 2nd floor recruiting lounge). Rocky Long andassistant coaches available upon request after practice.
FRIDAY: ---NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY---
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Noon PT – TV crew producing Saturday’s game, HOME GAMES ONLY. Available only if requested in ad-vance and will be conducted in person and on campus.
SATURDAY:
 
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Postgame availability only. The SDSU locker room is closed at all times for both home and road games.For home games, all interviews will take place in the postgame interview room (top of Ramp A). Forroad games, interviews will take place at a designated area adjacent to the locker room. Please submitinterview requests to a member of the SDSU media relations office by the midway point of the fourthquarter.
SUNDAY:
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6:30 p.m. PT – Rocky Long informal meeting with the media to review Saturday’s game at a locationTBD (RSVP with the SDSU media relations office by Sunday morning at 10 a.m. PT).
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SDSU highlights/postgame sound available on Dragonfly System. Contact the media relations office fordetails.
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Media outlets from outside the San Diego market who would like to speak to coach Long should submittheir requests no later than 2 p.m. PT on Sunday, as Long will not be available, except briefly in person,after Monday.
 
Weekly teleconferences featuring San Diego Statecoach Rocky Long and the other nine MountainWest head coaches are scheduled every Tuesday,beginning Aug. 28 through Nov. 27.This service is for accredited members of themedia only. For more information contact theSDSU or MW media relations office.WEEKLY SCHEDULE (PT)9:00 a.m. Moderator opens call9:02 a.m. Jim McElwain, Colorado State9:10 a.m. Norm Chow, Hawai’i9:18 a.m. Troy Calhoun, Air Force9:26 a.m. Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State9:34 a.m. Bobby Hauck, UNLV
9:42 a.m. Rocky Long, San Diego State
9:50 a.m. Dave Christensen, Wyoming9:58 a.m. Bob Davie, New Mexico10:06 a.m. Chris Ault, Nevada10:14 a.m. Chris Petersen, Boise State
MOUNTAIN WEST TELECONFERENCE
Each Tuesday during the football season, SDSUholds a media luncheon in the football recruitinglounge of the Fowler Athletics Center. The lunch-eon begins at11:40 a.m.with food being served,followed by coach Long addressing the media atnoon.Select players follow. The news conferenceis carried live on the official athletic departmentwebsite, GoAztecs.com.
AZTEC WEEKLY LUNCHEON
Phone:
(619) 594-5547
Fax:
(619) 582-6541
Overnight Address:
Aztec Athletics Center, Suite 30145302 55th StreetSan Diego, CA 92182-4309
Website:
GoAztecs.com
Twitter (Media):
twitter.com/AztecsPR
Mike May*
| Asst. AD/Media Relations Director
Office:
(619) 594-5547
Cell:
(619) 957-8372
E-Mail:
mmay@mail.sdsu.edu
 Jamie McConeghy*
| Asst. Media Relations Director
Office:
(619) 594-4348
Cell:
(607) 435-5577
E-Mail:
jmcconeg@mail.sdsu.edu
TBA^
| Asst. Media Relations Director
Office:
(619) 594-2576
Cell:
TBA
E-Mail:
TBA
Dave Kuhn
| Asst. Media Relations Director
Office:
(619) 594-5242
E-Mail:
dkuhn@mail.sdsu.edu
Darin Wong
| Asst. Media Relations Director
Office:
(619) 594-5548
E-Mail:
dwong@mail.sdsu.edu
Victoria Valencia
| Administrative Asst.
Office:
(619) 594-5547
E-Mail:
vvalencia@mail.sdsu.edu
Beau Bearden
| Media Relations Asst.
Office:
(619) 594-1928
E-Mail:
bbearden@mail.sdsu.edu
Dave Berry
| Coordinator of Multimedia Productions
Office:
(619) 594-2428
E-Mail:
dberry@mail.sdsu.edu
* primary football contacts; ^ secondary contact
SAN DIEGO STATE MEDIA RELATIONS
SAN DIEGO STATE GAME NOTES / at Washington / Sept. 1, 2012PAGE 2
 
CollegePressBox.com is the official media websitefor Mountain West football. Access and downloadweekly game notes, quotes, statistics, media guideheadshots, logos and more for the conference andeach of its 10 member schools throughout theseason. Login information will be distributed bythe conference office to accredited media or youcan apply for a password by sending an e-mail topassword@collegepressbox.com.
COLLEGE PRESSBOX.COM
Rk.TeamMWOverall
1.Air Force0-00-0Boise State0-00-0Colorado State0-00-0Fresno State0-00-0Hawaii0-00-0Nevada0-00-0New Mexico0-00-0
SDSU0-00-0
UNLV0-00-0Wyoming0-00-0
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Thursday, August 30
Minnesota at UNLV, 8 p.m. CBSSN
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Friday, August 31
Boise State at Michigan State, 5 p.m. ESPN
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Saturday, September 1
Idaho State at Air Force, 11 a.m.Nevada at California, NoonP12NColorado State at Colorado, 1 p.m.FXSouthern at New Mexico, 2 p.m.Hawai’i at USC, 4:30 p.m. FOXWyoming at Texas, 5 p.m.LNWeber State at Fresno State, 7 p.m.
SDSU at Washington, 7:30 p.m. P12N
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Saturday, September 8
South Florida at Nevada, 12:30 p.m. CBSSNAir Force at Michigan, 12:30 p.m.ABC/ESPN2Toledo at Wyoming, 1 p.m.Fresno State at Oregon, 3:30 p.m.P12NNorth Dakota St at Colorado St., 4 p.m.
Army at SDSU, 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
New Mexico at Texas, 5 p.m.LNNorthern Arizona at UNLV, 7 p.m.
SDSU Non-Conference OpponentsTeamConferenceOverall
Army0-00-0North Dakota0-00-0San Jose State0-00-0Washington0-00-0
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Thursday, August 30
South Dakota Mines at North Dakota, 5:05 p.m.
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Friday, August 31
San Jose State at Stanford, 7 p.m.P12N
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Saturday, September 1SDSU at Washington, 7:30 p.m. P12N
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Saturday, September 8
Washington at LSU, 4 p.m.ESPNPortland State at North Dakota, 4:05 p.m.
Army at SDSU, 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
UC Davis at San Jose State, 5 p.m.
* All times are Pacific Time Zone
MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS
STORYLINES
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San Diego State head coach
Rocky Long
has won his last three games against teams from the Pac-12Conference. He guided the Aztecs to a 42-24 win over Washington State last season. That victorysnapped the school’s 17-game losing streak in Pac-12 games. Prior to coming to The Mesa, Long guidedNew Mexico to wins over Arizona in 2008 (36-28 in Albuquerque, N.M.) and 2007 (29-27 in Tucson,Ariz.).
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SDSU opens the 2012 campaign after advancing to bowl games each of the last two seasons (PoinsettiaBowl in 2010 and New Orleans Bowl in 2011). San Diego State has never gone to bowl games in threeconsecutive seasons.
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The Aztecs play seven home games in 2012, which ties for the program’s highest number since 1976.SDSU plays its next three games at home (Army, North Dakota and San Jose State).
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San Diego State has won its last two season openers - both at home - dating back to a 2009 loss atUCLA in the lidlifter. The Aztecs have dropped their last 10 openers that have been played on the road.The last time SDSU opened a season with a win away from home was in 1981, when it defeated Col-orado State, 30-14.
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San Diego State enters the opener having won three consecutive road games. It is the first three-gameroad winning streak for the Aztecs since 2000 (longest streak in 12 years). A win would make it thelongest streak since 1980-81.
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Dating back to last season, SDSU is playing its third consecutive game in a stadium that houses anNFL team. San Diego State ended last season playing Fresno State at Qualcomm Stadium and facedLouisiana-Lafayette in the Superdome in the New Orleans Bowl. After this game, the Aztecs play theirnext three games at Qualcomm Stadium, making it six straight games in NFL venues. A Sept. 29 tripto Fresno State will snap the NFL venue streak at six.
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Despite serving as an assistant coach at SDSU for two seasons (2009-10), Rocky Long opens the 2012campaign as the second winningest coach in Mountain West Conference history. Long has 70 winswhile a member of the league, trailing only TCU’s Gary Patterson (77 wins). With TCU no longer in theleague, Long needs seven victories to tie the record and eight to break it. The other nine active coachesin the league have a combined 75 wins while their teams have been a member of the conference.
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Entering the 2012 football season, San Diego State has compiled the nation’s highest winning percent-age in combined football and men’s basketball during the past two seasons. The Aztecs are a combined77-20 (79.4 percent) in the two sports since the beginning of the 2010 football season.
See chartbelow
Top Football & Men’s Basketball Records Top Football, Men’s Basketball & Women’sSince Fall, 2010 Basketball Records Since Fall, 2011
 
1. San Diego State 77-20 79.4
1. Baylor 80-11 87.92. Ohio State 71-19 78.9 2. Stanford 72-15 82.83. Brigham Young 75-23 76.5 3. Kentucky 71-16 81.64. Syracuse 74-23 76.3 4. Brigham Young 62-19 76.55. Kentucky 78-25 75.7 5. Notre Dame 65-21 75.66. Wisconsin 73-24 75.3
6. San Diego State 59-20 74.7
7. North Carolina 76-25 75.2 7. Ohio State 62-22 73.88. Missouri 71-24 74.7 8. Michigan State 60-23 72.39. Temple 67-24 73.6 9. Duke 57-22 72.210. Southern Mississippi 67-26 72.0 10. North Carolina 59-23 72.0
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Adding the success of the women’s basketball program at SDSU, which has advanced to NCAA Tour-nament play in two of the last three seasons, further demonstrates the department’s overall success.Combining football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball records from last season and San DiegoState owns the sixth-best winning percentage in the country, trailing only Baylor, Stanford, Kentucky,Brigham Young and Notre Dame.
See chart above
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The Aztecs have posted a 17-9 record over the past two seasons after needing 57 games to claim 17victories prior to the 2010 campaign (SDSU went 17-40 during that stretch from the fifth game of the2005 season through the end of 2009 campaign). The 17-9 record the last two seasons is tied withBaylor, Brigham Young, Kansas State and Toledo for the 29th-best record in the country over that two-year span.
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SDSU has only five seniors listed as starters on the current depth chart, three on offense (RG
Nike Em-bernate
, C
Alec Johnson
, QB
Ryan Katz
) and two on defense (CB
Leon McFadden
and CB
 Josh Wade
).
OFFENSIVE QUICK HITS
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San Diego State returns seven starters on offense from last season’s 2011 team that scored 387 points,the second highest total for an Aztec squad in the last 15 seasons.
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SDSU has four offensive players appearing on preseason watch lists for the top player at their positionin the country - junior tight end
Gavin Escobar
(John Mackey Award Watch List (TE), Rotary LombardiAward Watch List (lineman)), senior center
Alec Johnson
(Rimington Trophy Watch List (center)), seniorrunning back
Walter Kazee
(Doak Walker Award Watch List (RB)) and sophomore wide receiver
Colin
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