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SDSU's receiving corps takes a big blow

Posted on: July 21, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 4:54 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There were a lot of questions facing San Diego State this season coming off of a bowl appearance, and perhaps none of them were bigger than trying to figure out how the Aztecs would replace the production of their top two receivers from 2010: Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson. That question just got a lot harder to answer on Thursday when we learned that San Diego State would be without both Dominique Sandifer and Jay Waddell for the entire 2011 season.

SDSU’s most experienced returning receiver, junior Dominique Sandifer, has been ruled out for the coming season with a knee injury suffered during offseason drills. Redshirt freshman receiver Jay Waddell also hurt his knee in the offseason and will be out for the year.

Looking at the bright side of it, head coach Rocky Long said, “We don’t see it as a big blow because we had inexperienced receivers anyway.”

“They were all going to be given a chance in the fall,” Long said. “The ones that played the best were going to get a chance to play. I don’t think situation has changed dramatically whatsoever.”

Long may have a point in his response to the news, but no matter how he tries to brush it off, this is still a big blow to the Aztecs offense. Sandifer may not have had a lot of experience in his career, but he's still the most experienced receiver San Diego State has after making 23 catches for 263 yards last season. He was also slated to be the Aztecs' deep threat in 2011, and while tight end Gavin Escobar will be a useful target for quarterback Ryan Lindley, he's not exactly going to stretch the field.

The upcoming season is going to be an important one for the Aztecs. Even though Brady Hoke left for Michigan, the expectations with the program are high enough that a second consecutive bowl appearance is the expectation. With Lindley, Ronnie Hillman and Walter Kazee all back, the Aztecs had the weapons on offense to ensure that it would happen again provided that the inexperienced receiving corps stepped up.

Now that Sandifer has been lost, along with Waddell, nobody can be sure what will happen to a passing attack that finished 12th in the nation in yards per game last season.  


Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 3:00 pm

SDSU's receiving corps takes a big blow

Losing both Dominique Sandifer and Jay Waddell to of season knee injuries is going to put a chink in the Aztec armor, however I don't think it will stop their passing fancy.  The Aztecs run, basically a two back offense with four receivers with two tight ends in their standard formation and two wide receivers.  Sandifer and Waddell both looked like very promising receivers for the Aztecs, but so do Ezel Ruffin, Dylan Denso, Osmand Nicholas, Marcus Russell, Robert Gregorio, David Lamar, Chris Forni and Brandon Turner plus a few true freshman all looking for a shot to make an imact on this team.  As for the tight end options, I believe they had six capable tight ends at the end of their spring drills.

I think the bigger concern for Coach Rocky Long is their loss of senior defenive tackle Neil Spencer on an already thin defensive line.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:18 am

SDSU's receiving corps takes a big blow

Agreed whitecat31, severe bummer about both being gone for the year. As you have said hopefully San Diego State find another nugget to slot into the wideout spot. Go Aztecs ... BEAT MICHIGAN!

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:58 pm

SDSU's receiving corps takes a big blow

This is very dissapointing, but SDSU always seems to have a wide receiver or two come out of the woodwork to be a star. It is just the nature of the San Diego recruiting pool.

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