Football Names Captains for 2017 Season

2017 Aztec captains (L-to-R) Kameron Kelly, Trey Lomax and Rashaad Penny (Antonio Rosales not pictured) exchanging gifts at MCAS Miramar.
Aug. 17, 2017

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San Diego State football has named seniors Rashaad Penny (Norwalk, Calif.), Antonio Rosales (Tucson, Ariz.), Kameron Kelly (Murphy, Texas) and Trey Lomax (San Diego, Calif.) as its captains for the 2017 campaign.

Last year, Penny rushed for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns on 136 attempts (7.5 avg.), while adding 15 catches for 224 yards (14.9 avg.) and three touchdowns, and returning 20 kickoffs for 624 yards (31.2 avg.) and two additional scores. He was one of just nine players in the country with at least 11 rushing TDs and at least three receiving scores, and the only player with a kick return TD as well (he had two). Penny ranked in a tie for second in the country in kick return touchdowns (2), fourth in kick return average (31.2), tied for 20th in total touchdowns (17) and 29th in all-purpose yards per game (133.3). For his efforts, he became the second kick returner in MW history to win the league's special teams player-of-the-year award twice (also 2015) and was first-team all-MW pick as a kick returner for the second straight season.

In his 41 collegiate games, Penny has amassed 199 carries and totaled 1,408 yards for an average of 7.1 yards per carry. Penny has 24 career touchdowns entering his senior season (15 rush, five kick return, four receiving). He tops the all-time career list among players with a minimum of 1,000 rushing yards with an average of 7.1 yards per game.

The only returning starter from the offensive line last year, Rosales helped SDSU to program records in rushing yards (3,680), rushing touchdowns (34), rushing yards per carry (5.8), points (493) and field goals (21) last year in 14 starts. Additionally, he blocked for a team that had the first 2,000-yard rusher (Donnel Pumphrey) and 1,000-yard rusher (Penny) in NCAA FBS history.

Kelly totaled 38 tackles (19 solo) in 2016 with five interceptions for 47 yards and six pass breakups. He is making the move to cornerback this year after playing Warrior (safety) each of his first three years on The Mesa.

The cornerback has seven career interceptions for 78 yards along with 97 career tackles (56 solo) over 33 games played. Kelly's five interceptions last year ranked fourth in the Rocky Long era (since 2009).

Last season, Lomax started at one of the two Warrior spots in the first 12 games and 13 overall, only not starting vs. Wyoming in the MW Championship game when SDSU started four linebackers. Lomax finished with 33 tackles (18 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, a 10-yard interception and five pass breakups.

Over the course of his 31 career games on The Mesa, the San Diego native has accumulated 105 tackles (62 solo). Under Rocky Long, he is the program's leader in tackles as a freshman (63 in 2014), most starts among active Aztecs (26) and most tackles among active Aztecs (105).

SDSU is coming off an 11-3 season, knocking off Wyoming, 27-24, in the MW Championship game and Houston, 34-10, in the Las Vegas Bowl, to finish with a No. 25 ranking in both the AP Top 25 poll and the Amway Coaches Poll. It was just the second time that San Diego State has been ranked in the final AP poll in program history (also 1977). The 11 wins tied a school single-season record as the Aztecs became the first team in program history with back-to-back 11-win campaigns.

SDSU has been picked to win the West Division for a third straight year and for a second consecutive season garnered all the first-place votes in the division.

Aztec football season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. Season tickets start at $125, while mini plans start at $90. Fans can purchase tickets at GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting Qualcomm Stadium's Window E Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.

The Aztecs kick off the 2017 season at San Diego Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium) Sept. 2 against UC Davis at 5:30 p.m. PT.

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