Mike Schmidt enters his fourth season as San Diego State's offensive
line coach and his seventh as a member of the Aztec football
Schmidt has been affiliated with the Aztec program since arriving
on campus as a student-athlete in 2005.
Has been influential in San Diego State establishing itself as one
of the top rushing programs in the country. Since joining the staff
as a full-time assistant coach in 2012, the Aztecs rank 23rd nationally
in rushing yardage per game (201.1), 23rd in rushing yard per
carry (4.9) and 29th in rushing touchdowns (86).
Under his guidance, SDSU ran for 2,000 yards as a team and
produced a 1,000-yard rusher for the fifth year in a row in 2013.
In 2014, San Diego State set a school record for yards per carry,
averaging 5.4 yards per rush. That figure ranked 13th nationally.
In 2013, the Aztec offensive line helped pave the way for a rushing
attack that totaled over 2,000 yards for the fourth consecutive
year for the first time in school history.
In his first year as assistant coach in 2012, the Aztec offensive
line helped establish team rushing records with 2,869 yards in 578
In 2014, Terry Poole (first team) and Darrell Greene (honorable
mention) both earned all-conference accolades on the offensive
line. It marked the third consecutive season that at least two Aztec
o-lineman were honored by the league.
Coached multiple all-Mountain West selections for the second
year in a row in 2013 after tackle Bryce Quigley earned secondteam
distinction and guard Terry Poole received honorable mention.
In 2012, had three players garner all-MW accolades that same
season. Guard Nik Embernate signed a free agent contract with
the Pittsburgh Steelers after collecting first-team honors; center
Alec Johnson was a second-team selection for the second straight
year, while Quigley landed on the honorable mention squad.
Was SDSU's graduate assistant on the offensive side of the ball
for two years from 2010-11, working primarily with the offensive line.
In 2010, the Aztecs tied for fifth nationally in fewest sacks allowed
(0.69/g) and ranked seventh (0.85/g) in the same category in 2011.
In 2011, helped mentor Tommie Draheim, who became the first
Aztec offensive lineman to earn first-team all-MW recognition since
2003. Draheim inked a free agent contract with the Kansas City
Chiefs in the spring of 2013 after spending time with the Packers
and Patriots camps in 2012.
In 2009, volunteered as a student assistant with the team, while
completing his undergraduate degree.
Played offensive line for San Diego State from 2005-08 and was
a captain in his senior campaign.
A former walk-on the defensive line, he changed sides of the ball
and earned a scholarship in the fall of 2007.
Team captain at Madison High School in San Diego from 2004-
05. Led the Warhawks to two Harbor League titles, while earning
second-team all-CIF, league co-offensive player of the year and
first-team all-league honors as a senior.
Played in the 15th annual Alex Spanos All-Star Classic and was
a San Diego Union-Tribune all-academic pick.
Graduated from San Diego State with his bachelor's degree in
criminal justice in the fall of 2009.