Aztecs Hold Annual Fan Fest Scrimmage at The Q
Aug. 13, 2016
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State conducted its annual Fan Fest scrimmage on a warm Saturday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium. The workout was SDSU's sixth of fall camp and the first day in pads.
"The biggest thing is that this is our very first day in pads," head coach Rocky Long said. "It's really different when you actually start tackling and all of those sorts of things because we do so much `stay on your feet,' it doesn't relate to the real game. The only way you learn to tackle is to tackle. This is our first day in pads so most of them haven't tackled for nine months, maybe more.
"It's nice to have the fans come out," Long added. "I wish we could've done this a week from now because then all of the players would be used to this by now and the scrimmage would've looked a lot sharper, a lot quicker, a lot faster. We probably wouldn't have played as many guys in the scrimmage as we played today so you'd see more of the veteran guys play so the game would've looked better. But it's nice for the fans to come out."
The scrimmage went 44 plays and the substitutions were aplenty. Five quarterbacks took snaps under center and five running backs carried the ball. In the passing game, the ball was spread amongst nine receivers.
Christian Chapman attempted only five passes, connecting on his first three, and finished with 24 yards. Ryan Agnew, meanwhile, attempted a team-high nine passes. Chase Jasmin, in his first season with SDSU, carried the ball three times and recorded the game's lone touchdown, a series after John Baron II connected on a 42-yard field goal. Receiving wise, David Wells and Taylor Dodds each had two catches.
Defensively, 20 players recorded a stat. Dwayne Johnson led the team with four tackles (three solo) and a half tackle for loss. Trenton Thompson was second in tackles with three for the afternoon. A trio of Aztecs logged one sack apiece (Jay Henderson, Kyle Kelley, Randy Ricks), while two were credited with a half sack (Ryan Dunn, Dru Mathis).
San Diego State, which was the unanimous pick to win the West Division of the Mountain West, recently checked in at No. 24 in Sports Illustrated's preseason top-25 poll. The Aztecs boast the Mountain West's preseason player of the year on offense (Donnel Pumphrey), defense (Damontae Kazee) and special teams (Rashaad Penny), and in all return 14 starters (7 offense and defense) off their 2015 MW championship team.
Speaking of 2015, SDSU went 11-3 last year, which tied the school record for most wins in a single year, finished with a 10-game winning streak (second-longest active FBS streak heading into 2016) and beat Cincinnati, 42-7, in the Hawai`i Bowl.
The Aztecs open the 2016 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3, when New Hampshire visits Qualcomm Stadium for a 5:30 p.m. PT game (KGB SkyShow). The following Saturday (Sept. 10), California is set to visit Mission Valley at 7:30 p.m. PT.
SDSU season tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets are now available, and can be purchased through GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting Qualcomm Stadium's Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT. Fans who purchase a season ticket will receive a free Pumphrey bobblehead.