Aztecs in the NFL: Week Five
Oct. 11, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
Five weeks into NFL season, several Aztecs are making the most of their opportunity in the league.
San Diego State has 11 players on rosters throughout the league, with three on practice squads and three on injured reserve.
Wide receiver Brice Butler continued his hot start to the season for the Dallas Cowboys. The fifth-year pro is averaging 25.9 yards per reception with eight catches through five games, and four of his plays are for 30 yards or more. Against the Green Bay Packers, Butler caught 49-yard strike from Dak Prescott on the opening drive en route to a first-quarter touchdown. He had a 10-yard reception with seconds on the clock in a foiled attempt to win the game. In his lone season with San Diego State in 2012 following a three-year career at USC, Butler played in all 13 games with eight starts, recording 24 catches for 347 yards and four touchdowns. He was a seventh-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft.
New York Giants linebacker Calvin Munson lined up for 30 plays on special teams against the Los Angeles Chargers. Munson, who started all 41 games at outside linebacker from 2014-16 for SDSU, finished his collegiate career ranked sixth in tackles (301) and ninth in sacks (18.0). He was a three-time all-Mountain West pick, including a first-team selection each of his final two seasons. Munson signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft.
Munson’s teammate, safety Nat Berhe, participated in six plays on defense and 25 on special teams against the Chargers. Berhe was a three-year starter from 2010-13 and was the first Aztec safety in the MW era (since 1999) to earn all-conference honors in three consecutive seasons.
Aaron Brewer, the long snapper for the Arizona Cardinals, snapped the ball seven times for punter Andy Lee and one time for kicker Phil Dawson on a field goal attempt in their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brewer was a long snapper for the Aztecs from 2008-11 on both punts and field goals, and was a three-time Mountain West all-academic pick and scholar-athlete.
Damontae Kazee’s Atlanta Falcons had a bye week this week. A cornerback in college, Kazee was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Kazee finished his final year with 65 tackles (45 solo), seven interceptions for 156 yards, eight pass breakups, three tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry en route to being named the MW Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season. Kazee, a three-time all-MW selection over his career (first team in 2015-16, second team in 2014), finished with a school-record 17 interceptions, 30 pass breakups (sixth at SDSU) and 214 interception yards (seventh at SDSU).