San Diego State football is coming closer and closer to their season opener on September 1. They recently held an inter-squad scrimmage game on August 18 at Cathedral Catholic high school. The following five players impressed me by their performances during the scrimmage.
Butler is a big receiver and will be a major threat for San Diego State this season. His size makes him a major threat on the outside and San Diego State quarterbacks took advantage of that in the scrimmage game. The USC transfer could have a big season if he plays up to his potential.
San Diego State clearly has a big void to fill at running back this season. Ronnie Hillman is gone and all of his carries are up for grabs. With Walter Kazee sitting out, Hardwick is the player who impressed me the most. He played a good amount with the first team offense and may have shown something to the coaching staff as well. The redshirt freshmen could be the next breakout running back for San Diego State.
Meredith is the projected starter in the middle for the Aztec defense. After losing all three players along the defensive line, the defense badly needs someone to step up and be a leader on that unit. Meredith had several "sacks" in the scrimmage game and was often being disruptive in the backfield. Now Meredith and his other defensive teammates weren't allowed to tackle the quarterback in this game, but he was often the first one there. Fans have to hope that this play translates into the regular season.
McFadden looked a lot like the player the team and fans need him to be this season. He broke up several passes and forced the offense to look to the other side of the field. McFadden is one of the top cornerbacks in the country and will be a major asset for San Diego State this year.
Lockett looked like the same player fans got used to seeing last season at wide receiver. Lockett's speed makes him a major weapon on the offensive side. Lockett will benefit from having Butler on the field opposite him this season. Butler's presence will open the field for Lockett deep and allow the team to take advantage of his speed on the field.
Living nearby to San Diego State and being a fan of the team is exciting at a time when the Aztecs are coming off two successful seasons in a row. Seeing the community rally around the success of the team was evident last year, and hopefully the team can build upon that this season.