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Has earned playing time at one of the two cornerback spots after redshirting the 2012 season, his first on campus ... Big playmaker, who always seems to be in the right place at the right time ... Is listed as the starting right cornerback heading into the 2015 season for the second straight year ... Has 13 PBUs over his past 10 games after recording just two over the first 15 games of his career.
2015: Was named a preseason first-team all-Mountain West selection by Sporting News and Athlon Sports ... Also a second-team pick by Phil Steele and Lindy’s Sports ... Lindy’s Sports labeled him as a “SDSU Player to Watch.”
2014: Was named a second-team all-Mountain West selection by the league’s coaches and media ... Was named to the MW midseason first team by Phil Steele ... Was named the team’s emerging star by Lindy’s Sports ... Started all 13 games for SDSU, making 58 tackles (40 solo), with a team-high 13 pass breakups, an interception, a fumble recovery, 4.0 TFL and two quarterback hurries ... Ranked third in the MW with 1.08 passes defended (INT + PBU) per game ... Made his first career start in the opener vs. Northern Arizona, registering four tackles (three solo) ... Started again at No. 21/23 North Carolina, where he made four tackles (three solo), including one for a 1-yard loss ... Had one assisted tackle in another start at Oregon State ... Earned another start vs. UNLV, where he had four tackles (three solo) and a career-high three PBUs ... Had five tackles (all solo) at Fresno State to go along with a PBU ... Had another five tackles (four solo) and two pass breakups at New Mexico ... The two PBUs were a game-high ... Had another good game against Hawai‘i, making six tackles, a game-high-tying two PBUs and his second career interception ... Came up with five tackles (three solo), including a 2-yard loss, and a PBU in an eighth straight start at Nevada ... Had three stops (one solo) and another pass breakup in a start against Idaho, and added a quarterback hurry ... Recorded a season-high seven tackles (four solo), a PBU and a QBH in a start at Boise State ... Made four stops, all solo, in an 11th straight start vs. Air Force to go along with a 3-yard tackle for loss, a fumble recovery and another PBU ... The fumble recovery was this first of his career ... Recorded four tackles (three solo) with a PBU in a 12th consecutive start vs. San José State ... Started for the 13th straight game of the season vs. Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl, where he had six tackles (five solo) and a 4-yard tackle for loss.
2013: Played in each of the first seven games off the bench, making impact plays in almost every contest, before missing the New Mexico game with concussion-like symptoms ... Returned for the San José State game and the following contests at Hawai'i, vs. Boise State, UNLV and vs. Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl ... Had 41 tackles (28 solo), four forced fumbles, 3.0 TFL, two pass breakups, an interception, a sack and a blocked kick ... Led the MW and was tied for 10th (first among freshmen) in the nation in forced fumbles per game (0.33) (four total) ... The four forced fumbles were tied for fourth all-time at SDSU and the most since current Oakland Raider Miles Burris had four in 2010 ... Had the most tackles (41) on the team of any player without a start (next highest was 22) ... vs. Eastern Illinois (Aug. 31) ... Made his collegiate debut in the opener vs. Eastern Illinois and had four tackles (all solo) and a forced fumble ... The four tackles tied King Holder for the most among all cornerbacks ... at No. 3/2 Ohio State (Sept. 7) ... Had another solid outing off the bench at Ohio State, making six tackles (all solos) with a one-handed interception ... The six solos were the most by either team ... The interception was the first by an Aztec of the season and came at the SDSU 21-yard line ... vs. Oregon State (Sept. 21) ... Came off the bench against Oregon State and had five tackles and a forced fumble ... at New Mexico State (Sept. 28) ... Made three tackles in a reserve role at New Mexico State ... vs. Nevada (Oct. 4) ... Came off the bench in fine fashion vs. Nevada, making four stops (three solo) with a sack, tackle for loss and forced fumble ... at Air Force (Oct. 10) ... Made two tackles off the bench at Air Force ... vs. 15/18 Fresno State (Oct. 26) ... Had five stops and a tackle for loss vs. Fresno State ... vs. New Mexico (Nov. 2) ... Missed the New Mexico game with concussion-like symptoms ... at San José State (Nov. 9) ... Had a solid all-around game in the win at San José State with two tackles, along with his first career pass breakup and blocked kick ... The blocked kick in the fourth quarter was arguably the biggest play of the game for SDSU, as it kept the Spartans from taking a 26-12 lead and allowed Nat Berhe to return the loose ball 56 yards ... Donnel Pumphrey then followed with a 34-yard touchdown run, bringing the Aztecs to within three points at 23-20 ... at Hawai'i (Nov. 16) ... Made three stops (two solo) with a forced fumble at Hawai'i ... vs. Boise State (Nov. 23) ... Came up with two tackles (both solo), a tackle for loss and a pass breakup vs. Boise State ... at UNLV (Nov. 30) ... Had two solo stops off the bench in the team's loss at UNLV ... vs. Buffalo (Dec. 21, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) ... Came up with three stops in a reserve role vs. Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
2012: Utilized his redshirt season.
High school: Three-time all-CIF athlete who played both sides of the ball at Cajon High in San Bernardino, Calif. ... Helped the Cowboys to a 9-2 overall record as a senior in 2011, including a 6-1 mark in league play ... Recorded 27 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble on defense during his senior year ... On offense, he scored four touchdowns on the ground and caught another four touchdowns through the air ... Scouts, Inc. rated him as a three-star recruit and gave him a grade of 75 ... In high school, he lettered in football, basketball and track.
Personal: Born June 5, 1993, in San Bernardino, Calif. ... Son of Walter and Latrease Kazee ... Has three brothers and two sisters ... Brother, Walter, was a four-year running back for the Aztecs from 2009-12 ... Also considered Arizona and Washington State ... Majoring in criminal justice.