4 captains introduced
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego State soccer staff has named seniors Jesse Matthews (San Diego/Christian Excessive), Patrick McMorris (Santa Ana, Calif.), Jonah Tavai (Manhattan Seashore, Calif.) and Alama Uluave (Laie, Hawaii) as its captains for the 2022 marketing campaign. The quartet was chosen in a staff vote on Saturday.
A former walk-on, Matthews led the Aztecs final 12 months in catches (57), receiving yards (642) and receiving touchdowns (9), essentially the most by an Aztec since Vincent Brown had 10 in 2010. Matthews notably shined down the stretch, recording 37 catches for 465 yards and 7 touchdowns over his last 4 video games, together with 11 receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to No. 24/25 UTSA within the Frisco Bowl en path to incomes offensive MVP honors. Matthews has been named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch Listing, and a preseason first-team all-Mountain West choice by the league media, Phil Steele Journal and Athlon Sports activities.
McMorris, who final month was named the MW preseason co-defensive participant of the 12 months, began all 14 video games for the Aztecs final 12 months at security. The 2021 MW first-team choice had a team-high 90 tackles (53 solo), together with 2.5 tackles for loss, a team-best 4 interceptions for 61 yards, 9 go breakups and a 15-yard fumble restoration in 2021. McMorris has landed on three preseason watch lists, together with the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch Listing (faculty defensive participant of the 12 months), the Bronko Nagurski Award Watch Listing (most excellent defensive participant) and the Senior Bowl Watch Listing, and is a preseason first-team all-league choice by 4 publications.
A two-time honorable-mention all-MW decide (2020-21), Tavai had 47 tackles (23 solo) final 12 months, together with 14 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries in 14 begins. Tavai ranked sixth within the MW in sacks and seventh in tackles for loss. In response to Professional Soccer Focus, he ranked second within the league in quarterback pressures (sacks/hits/hurries) (61, T-Seventh in FBS) and hurries (40, T-Eighth in FBS), and tied for fifth in hits (11, T-Twenty first in FBS). Tavai has additionally been named to the Polynesian Faculty Soccer Participant of the Yr Award Watch Listing, and a preseason first-team all-league decide by the MW media, Phil Steele Journal and Athlon Sports activities.
Uluave began all 22 video games the previous two seasons for the Aztecs at middle. Uluave was an honorable point out all-league decide in 2021 after permitting simply six pressures (two hits, two hurries and two sacks) in 409 passing probabilities, based on Professional Soccer Focus. Moreover, Uluave performed essentially the most snaps on the staff (953). Thus far this preseason, Uluave has been named to the Rimington Trophy Watch Listing for the nation’s high middle, the Polynesian Faculty Soccer Participant of the Yr Watch Listing, and a preseason first-team all-MW decide by the league media, Phil Steele Journal and Athlon Sports activities.
Season tickets and single-game tickets for all seven 2022 San Diego State soccer residence video games for the inaugural season at Snapdragon Stadium are nonetheless on sale. Many choices can be found and a digital 3D seat map of Snapdragon Stadium permits followers to take a tour of the seats earlier than reserving season tickets. Members can have a number of advantages akin to precedence entry to on-site parking and the pliability to resell or donate any video games they’re unable to attend. For extra data on season tickets, name (619) 283-7378 or e-mail [email protected]
Pupil tickets will as soon as once more be free and could be claimed on a first-come, first-serve foundation the week of every residence recreation. Extra data for pupil tickets could be discovered at GoAztecs.com/StudentTickets.
The Aztec residence video games embody Arizona (Sept. 3), Idaho State (Sept. 10), Toledo (Sept. 24), Hawai’i (Oct. 8), UNLV (Nov. 5 for Homecoming Recreation), San José State (Nov. 12) and Air Drive (Nov. 26).
SDSU (12-2) completed with a school-record 12 victories final season, one in all solely 10 applications with no less than 12 wins. Solely 4 groups had extra victories than San Diego State, together with nationwide champion Georgia, and CFP groups Alabama and Cincinnati. The Aztecs performed 5 groups who reached double-digit victories in 2021, securing wins over Pac-12 Champion/Rose Bowl participant Utah (10-4), UTSA (12-2) and Air Drive (10-3).
SDSU, which performed all 14 of its video games away from its personal market, together with eight “residence video games” two hours from campus at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California, completed the 2021 season ranked twenty fifth within the last Related Press High 25 ballot. It was the third time in program historical past San Diego State made the ultimate AP High 25 ballot (additionally 1977 (sixteenth) and 2016 (twenty fifth)). The Aztecs had been additionally ranked in each CFP ballot in 2021.