August 8th, 2018: Aztecs Fall Camp Weekly Update
In 23 days the Aztecs travel to face No. 13- ranked Stanford in their season opener. Here’s what’s happening in the Aztec Nation.
Find out what’s going on in fall camp and other news about Aztecs football.
Opening camp yesterday was sweltering with temperatures approaching the mid-90s. NFL Scouts from the Broncos, Patriots, Bears, and Chargers joined fans and spectators who came out to watch.
“It felt good to be out there,” senior defensive tackle Noble Hall said. “Since spring ball to now felt like a real long time, so it felt good to put the helmets back on.”
Veterans were excused a half hour earlier than newcomers, for good reason.
Thanks to a new NCAA rule this season, freshmen will be allowed to play as many as four games this season and still be eligible to redshirt.
Said Aztecs coach Rocky Long: “The new guys we’re trying to figure out which ones can play a little bit as freshmen.”
Which freshmen turned heads during opening camp?
Elijah Kothe, a true freshman from Las Vegas, turned heads with a one-handed catch while falling on his back and a defender taking him down.
New Renovated Locker Room Ready For Fall Camp
The SDSU Athletic Department unveiled a dynamic, newly refurbished Don Coryell Locker Room at the Fowler Athletics Center on Wednesday.
Ground broke on the $2 million project mid-January. It was funded completely through private donations. It features 115 custom ventilated wood lockers each equipped with a USB power station for electronic devices.
A total of six 43-inch television screens were installed, along with a surround sound audio package featuring Bluetooth for player control. The locker room now boasts a Mondo floor, as well as LED lighting with customizable zones and color packages. A center-hung 20-foot Aztec Calendar medallion on the ceiling was another design element incorporated into the revamped space.
“This thing is sweet,” said senior quarterback Christian Chapman “It’s been a long time in the waiting, but you know, I’m glad it’s finally here and we got it in time for camp. It looks really nice.”
“They did a really great job,” added senior defensive lineman Noble Hall. “I like the design of everything. It’s awesome, it’s a dream come true.”
“Anyone who helped in any type of way, any sort of way, thank you so much, said senior placekicker John Baron II “This means a lot to everyone on the team.”
Two Year Extension at SDCCU Stadium
Rocky Long and Christian Chapman spoke in the council chamber on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building on Monday on behalf of the two-year extension SDSU sought to continue playing at SDCCU Stadium.
Long accounted “A few of our players have graduated to a career in the NFL, but more importantly, many more have graduated into the community. They are highly educated, highly motivated, energetic, enthusiastic young adults. Guess what? That’s a great investment. And that is great for San Diego.”
A dozen people — including new SDSU President Adela De La Torre — spoke in support of the extension (32 others who wanted to talk were invited to have their comments included in the record). Two people opposed it.
The extension was passed by a 6-1 vote.
Stay tuned for weekly Aztecs fall camp updates leading up to opening day.