Who is San Diego State Quarterback Ryan Agnew?
Ryan Agnew is the Aztecs’ next quarterback
Backup quarterback Ryan Agnew will fill in for Christian Chapman.
San Diego State starting quarterback Christian Chapman is out and will miss anywhere from three to six weeks. His projected return date could be as the early as against Boise State. The senior quarterback was carried off the field Saturday with a sprained MCL. Redshirt junior Ryan Agnew finished the game and will be the starter for the foreseeable future.
Agnew has been a backup his entire career at San Diego State, only appearing in 10 games in his three seasons. A redshirt junior out of Southland, Texas, Agnew was recruited by the Aztecs in 2015 and had several offers from Group of 5 schools to play quarterback.
Agnew was recruited to San Diego State with the quarterbacks Nick Bawden, Christian Chapman, and Jake Rodrigues in front of him. Maxwell Smith would transfer from Kentucky later in the year to be the starter for that season. After seeing the quarterback spots settle between Maxwell Smith and Christian Chapman, Agnew chose to redshirt his freshman year.
Agnew is a Christian Chapman clone as someone who can manage the running game, make throws, and scramble when needed. He played in a spread offense in high school and didn’t play much under center. To Agnew’s credit, Rocky Long has recruited strong running backs since his tenure at San Diego State. Agnew doesn’t need to play hero ball when their best player is behind him in the backfield.
Agnew can make his presence felt during this week at practice as they prepare for Arizona State. The offensive line has to block better in pass protection. Agnew has to sharpen his throws and give San Diego State a chance to upset the Sundevils at home.