SDSU Names Football Captains for 2013 Season
Aug 19, 2013
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long announced Monday that seniors Nat Berhe, Colin Lockett and Bryce Quigley have been named captains for the upcoming 2013 season. The three Aztec players were selected in a vote by their teammates last week.
Berhe, a defensive back from Colton, Calif., led SDSU with 94 tackles during the 2012 campaign, which ranked 10th in the Mountain West and was the highest total for an Aztec since Rocky Long took over the defense in 2009. He also recorded five pass breakups, two interceptions and a fumble recovery and captured MW Defensive Player of the Week honors following SDSU's victory over Army.
Berhe was one of only four players to start all 13 games for the Aztecs last season, leading the SDSU defense to a No. 1 MW conference ranking in rushing defense and a No. 3 ranking in both total defense and scoring defense. He has compiled 200 total tackles in his three years on The Mesa and has made 27 consecutive starts.
Berhe has collected five preseason honors, earning a spot on the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy watch lists to along with first-team all-MW recognition by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. He also landed on the all-MW preseason team as voted by media representatives who cover the conference.
Lockett, a wide receiver/returner from Diamond Bar, Calif., posted the third-highest single-season kickoff return total in school history last year with 777 yards, moving into second place on the Aztec career list in that statistic (1,455 yards). In addition, he ranked 21st in the nation with an average of 25.9 yards per kick return and scored two touchdowns.
Lockett, who has amassed 78 career receptions for 1,163 yards and 11 touchdowns at wide receiver, enters the 2013 campaign with a pair of preseason accolades, garnering second-team all-MW preseason distinction by both Phil Steele and Athlon Sports.
Quigley, meanwhile, was an honorable mention all-MW pick in his first season on the offensive line in 2012, helping the Scarlet and Black rush for a school-record 2,869 yards. The Granite Hills High product started all 13 games at left tackle after playing his first 24 games in an Aztec uniform at tight end.
Earlier this summer, Quigley was selected to Athlon Sports preseason all-MW third team and was an honorable mention all-MW pick by Phil Steele.
SDSU returns 17 starters from its 2012 team that finished 9-4 overall and 7-1 in MW play, claimed its 19th conference championship in school history and played in a bowl game for a school-record third consecutive year.
San Diego State opens the 2013 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Eastern Illinois at Qualcomm Stadium. The Aztecs-Panthers clash is set for a 5 p.m. PT kickoff and will be followed by the annual KGB SkyShow.
Tickets can be purchased online through GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting the Aztec Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium's Window "E." The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.