California Golden Bears v San Diego State Aztecs
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Qualcomm Stadium/San Diego, CA
Score: San Diego Stae (45), Cal (40)
Notable Prospects Entering the Contest
San Diego State Offense
Donnel Pumphrey, RB, Senior: Entering the contest, Pumphrey needed 220 yards to break Marshall Faulks career rushing record for the Aztecs. Finishing with 281 rushing yards on 29 carries (3 touchdowns), Pumphrey now holds that honor. Like he’s done throughout his career, Pumphrey just kept generating yards for his offense. Showing terrific patience, Pumphrey allowed for blocks to develop, hid behind blockers and exploded to daylight. His natural feel for timing his plant foot and cutting back against the defensive flow is obvious. Pumphrey’s ability to find space against a frequently loaded 8-man-box was also extremely impressive. You also don’t expect a back listed at 5090, 180 pounds to finish runs with pad level as physically as you see from Pumphrey. Slippery between the tackles and burst in space make him a solid football player. He also contributed 4 receptions showing his ability to catch out of the backfield. Stock: Up
Nico Siragusa, G, Senior: Pumphrey can attribute a great deal of his rushing success to the play of left guard Nico Siragusa. Against Cal, Siragusa dominated the line of scrimmage as a run blocker and created significant running lanes for the ground attack. His power and leg drive were overwhelming in drive blocks and Siragusa showed enough ability in space to trap block and get to the second level. As a pass blocker, Siragusa anchored well didn’t compromise pocket depth while sealing lanes. Siragusa left a very favorable impression on me and I am eager to see more. At 6050, 330 pounds, Siragusa has a terrific frame and plays with a nasty demeanor. Stock: Up
San Diego State Defense
Damontae Kazee, CB, Senior: Kazee has mostly positive reps including making some critical plays that lead to the Aztec victory. Kazee continues to demonstrate his physicality as a tackler and in press coverage. He has plus ability to click and close to disrupt at the catch point and make quick tackles on completed passes. Kazee did allow vertical separation on a long touchdown pass where he drifted too far inside and was unable to recover. Kazee did come back on the next vertical route to break up a pass when tested down the field again. Kazee also made the game-saving interception late in the game as Cal was in the redzone and threatening to score the go-ahead touchdown with under 20 seconds left in the game. Kazee finished with six tackles, three pass breakups and one interception. Stock: Same
Davis Webb, QB, Senior: Webb was a mixed bag in this game. On one hand, he is the reason Cal scored 40 points, made 30 first downs and had over 500 yards passing. He is also the reason they lost the game with a substantial amount of missed throws and ball placement issues. His final line was 41 of 72 for 522 yards with 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Although he is a bit of a “system” quarterback, Webb challenged the defense vertically with regularity along with all other levels of the field. He shows a willingness to test man coverage and make window throws. Displaying good pocket mobility, Webb was able to slide up in the pocket and move the pocket to find passing windows and his ability to generate top-end velocity from any throwing platform is obvious. The issue is that for every time he hit a receiver in stride or dropped a throw in the bucket he failed with his ball placement or lead a receiver into the teeth of coverage. At the end of the day, I’m left remembering all of the missed throws that could have been. I love Webb’s tools but he has to develop some consistency. Stock: Same
Other Players that Flashed
Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State, Senior: Munson was all over the field as he tallied 14 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He applied quick pressure on Davis Webb to force the pick-6 and found space to close on his sack. Munson has a good feel for timing his blitzes and solid closing burst. He also came up with an important stop on 3rd and short by slipping a block and making a secure tackle. Where Munson struggles is operating laterally but if things are in front of him and going downhill, he succeeds.
Alex Barrett, DE, San Diego State, Senior: Barrett flashed some pass rushing upside with solid get off and strength to press rush angles. He recorded a sack and provided consistent effort off the edge.
Devante Wilson, DE, Cal, Senior: Wilson showed a strong dip and rip move to create a sack and demonstrated good pass rush variety throughout the game. He showed good play strength by setting a stout edge at times against the run and ability to collapse the pocket from the edge with a good bull rush.
Best Players on the Field
Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State
Khalfani Muhammad, RB, Cal: Only four touches in the game.
Steven Moore, OT, Cal: His balance issues and lack of anchor were apparent.