The 2004 San Diego State football team held its first scrimmage of the fall on Tuesday morning and head coach Tom Craft was encouraged after the 70-play workout.
“I thought we showed some signs of having a real good chance with this team,” Craft said. “I think you could see we are a lot better offensively with a lot more balance. We’ve been pushing the envelope as far as opening up things. I don’t think you will see any one side of the ball carrying the other this season.”
Craft was happy with all four quarterbacks that saw action: junior Matt Dlulo-gecki, redshirt freshman Kevin O’Connell, true freshman Darren Mougey and senior Tanner Engstrand.
“I thought Matt Dlugo-lecki did a nice job and Kevin O’Connell showed you why there’s a quarterback race and Darren Mougey showed you what he’s all about,” Craft said. “I’m impressed with that group.”
O’Connell finished the day 7-of-12 passing for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He directed the Aztecs on scoring marches of 80 and 45 yards. He tossed a nine-yard touchdown pass to fellow freshman Brett Swain and had a one-yard scoring toss to another freshman, tight end Lance Louis. O’Connell was also credited with a seven-yard touchdown run. He started the day by missing his first three attempts before finishing with seven completions on his last nine passes.
Lynell Hamilton saw his first full action since suffering his season-ending ankle injury at UNLV last November. He had 28 yards on eight carries, including one score. His numbers are slightly misleading because several of his carries came in goal-line situations.
Eight different players caught passes, including three catches for 69 yards by Jeff Webb. The long play of the day was 41-yard pass from Tanner Engstrand to Kyle Conerly.
The Aztec defense allowed just over three yards per rush and allowed only one scoring drive beyond 45 yards. Linebacker Stephen Larsen was credited with a team-best seven tackles and Freddie Keiaho had four tackles. Thirty-two players were credited with defensive stats.
The Aztecs’ next scrimmage will be Saturday at Family Day at Qualcomm Stadium. The stadium opens at 1:30 with the Aztecs set to begin play at 2 p.m.