Football Receives Accolades from Street & Smith’s

Keith Ismael was one of four Aztecs to make the Street & Smith's preseason MW first team.
Keith Ismael was one of four Aztecs to make the Street & Smith's preseason MW first team.
June 6, 2018


2018 SDSU Football Preseason Accolades

San Diego State continued to receive recognition from preseason football magazines, including four Aztecs being recently named first-team all-Mountain West by Street & Smith’s. Street & Smith’s is also the second magazine (Athlon Sports) to predict that SDSU will win the West Division of the MW and make the league’s championship game.

Running back Juwan Washington, offensive linemen Keith Ismael and Tyler Roemer, and Warrior (safety) Tariq Thompson all garnered first-team accolades by the magazine with Washington also labeled as the “MW’s Heisman hopeful” and the “MW’s most elusive running back.”

San Diego State head coach Rocky Long was called the “MW’s best coach” (he was also named the league’s best coach by Athlon) and the “MW’s best interview.”

Street & Smith’s ultimately predicted that the Aztecs will play Brigham Young in the Hawai’i Bowl on Dec. 22.

Last year, Washington rushed for 759 yards and seven touchdowns on 127 attempts (6.0 avg.) while backing up the nation’s leading rusher Rashaad Penny, who finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting and was named a consensus first-team All-American. Washington also returned 14 kicks for 333 yards (23.8 avg.) with two touchdowns, while adding three catches for 38 yards (13.0 avg.). Washington, a first-team pick at running back by Athlon last month and second team as a kick returner, enters his junior season tied for third among active FBS players with three kick return scores.

Ismael and Roemer, meanwhile, also made Street & Smith first team after finishing as second-team all-MW picks by the league’s coaches and media last year as redshirt freshmen (the other eight on the first or second team were seniors). Roemer was named a USA Today Freshman All-American last season and San Diego State’s Offensive Lineman of the Year, while Ismael shared the Aztecs’ Outstanding Freshman Award with Tariq Thompson. The duo blocked for a running back group than averaged 252.5 yards per game on the ground and scored 33 touchdowns in 13 games (2.54 TD per game). The duo also landed on the Athlon all-MW first team in May.

Thompson, a second-team preseason all-MW pick by Athlon, totaled 63 tackles (46 solo) with three tackles for loss in 2017 as a true freshman, while recording a team-high five interceptions for 83 yards and a touchdown, four pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three quarterback hurries. For his efforts, Thompson was named a FWAA Freshman All-American and a USA Today Freshman All-American, as well as a second-team all-league honoree.

San Diego State finished 2017 with a 10-3 record, its school-record third consecutive season with at least 10 victories. The Aztecs are one of just seven schools in the nation to win at least 10 games in three straight seasons (also Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin). SDSU is scheduled to return seven starters on offense and seven on defense, along with its kicker and punter.

San Diego State is accepting new account deposits on 2018 season tickets through the Aztec Ticket Office, while current season-ticket holders can also renew their tickets for the 2018 campaign. Fans can purchase tickets through, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting SDCCU Stadium's Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.

The Aztecs kick off their season at Stanford on Friday, Aug. 31, and begin a three-game homestand against Sacramento State on Saturday, Sept. 8.

2018 Street & Smith’s Accolades for SDSU Football

Mountain West First Team (only one team named)
RB Juwan Washington
OL Keith Ismael
OL Tyler Roemer
WAR Tariq Thompson

Projected MW West Division Champions
San Diego State

Projected Bowl
Hawai’i Bowl vs. Brigham Young

MW’s best head coach - Rocky Long
MW’s best interview - Rocky Long
MW’s Heisman hopeful - Juwan Washington
MW’s most elusive running back - Juwan Washington

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