Several players are on watch lists for prominent national awards.
Aztec wide receiver Colin Lockett torches a UNLV cornerback in a game last season.
San Diego State football players have garnered several preseason honors and many are on watch lists for prominent national awards:
Gavin Escobar, junior, tight end:
- 2012 John Mackey Award Preseason watch list, awarded to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.
- Tight End Trophy watch list by the College Football Performance Awards.
- 2012 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, awarded to the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker each year.
Leon McFadden, senior, defensive back:
- Defensive Back Trophy watch list by the College Football Performance Awards.
- Jim Thorpe Award watch list, awarded to the top defensive back.
Alec Johnson, senior, center:
- 2012 Fall watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's best center.
Colin Lockett, junior wide, receiver:
- 2012 Biletnikoff Award watch list by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, awarded to the nation's most outstanding college football wide receiver.
Walter Kazee, senior, running back:
- 2012 Doak Walker Award watch list, awarded annually to the nation’s top running back.
Two preseason All-Mountain West Conference teams, published by college football experts, Athlon Sports’ and Phil Steel, feature several Aztecs:
Preseason All-Mountain West team players include:
- Colin Lockett, junior, wide receiver
- Gavin Escobar, junior, tight end
- Leon McFadden, senior, cornerback
- Brice Butler, senior, wide receiver
- Alec Johnson, senior, center
- Nik Embernate, junior, offensive guard
- Nat Berhe, junior, safety
- Jake Fely, sophomore, linebacker
- Ryan Katz, senior, quarterback
- Dylan Denso, junior, wide receiver
San Diego State’s new quarterback Ryan Katz was also named a top-10 impact transfer by Athlon sports. The fifth-year senior transferred from Oregon State. He finished spring practices as the starting quarterback.
Check this story for updates about additional preseason honors for Aztec players.