San Diego State Football: Trio of Quarterbacks Up for Starting Role
There’s good competition for QB in San Diego
The 2021 Aztecs will have an athletic quarterback and healthy competition.
Returning senior Lucas Johnson is the early-season favorite to start, but senior Jordon Brookshire and sophomore transfer Jalen Mayden make it interesting.
Summer is drawing to a close, and the Aztecs are about 2 1/2 weeks away from starting the 2021 football season against New Mexico State. Pundits have questioned what this offense will look like under a second season under Brady Hoke, and which quarterback will be calling plays.
In 2020 the former Georgia Tech Yellowjacket and San Diego native, Lucas Johnson showed flashes of how QBs can excel in a traditional run-first offense. His leg injury last year followed his career west, but a full off-season of strength conditioning and rest might have bought Johnson that year he needed to excel in his hometown.
Coach Brady Hoke has acknowledged the status of his QBs on Monday and said that they “had a pretty good rotation going, but I do think Jordon has really started to make some hay…”
Jordon Brookshire who started the final two games against Colorado State and BYU ended the 2020 season with a pass completion percentage under .570. The senior, who spent time at Laney College and Santa Rosa JC before enrolling at SDSU in 2019, looks like he has made steps to improve his game to muddle Brady Hoke’s commitment on a QB1.
Throw in a little Texas by way of Mississippi State in Jalen Mayden, and it puts things more into a conundrum before Hoke commits. Mayden has three years remaining of eligibility and barring a surprising improvement of his ability to run the offense there is doubt that he’ll be able to capture the top QB spot. Hoke might be playing the game to help motivate Lucas Johnson’s performance on practice days.
San Diego State has scheduled to run scrimmages in their home away from home in Carson, CA before Hoke is ready to evaluate and finalize the QB position.
Coach Hoke can play the game, but the money’s on Lucas Johnson.