September 5, 2007
The Mysterious Aztecs
The goals for San Diego State this season are simple.
Do what they did not do last season. Have an effective passing game. Stop people on defense. Win some games. But the solutions that will lead to these goals are not nearly as simple. Improving on a 3-9 season will require several players to have breakout performances, producing results where a season before, there were only questions.
For anyone who's followed the team closely over the past few seasons, there are two players in particular that seem primed to explode in 2007: Sophomore linebacker Luke Laolagi and senior wide receiver Chazeray Schilens.
One of the most confusing aspects of the Aztec offense in 2006 was the teams' inability to find its best receiver, Schilens. Schilens ended 2005, his sophomore season, by torching Hawaii for 119 yards on eight catches. With the departure of Jeff Webb and Robert Ortiz --- one of the most prolific receiving duos in the program's history --- it was set to be Schilens year. But the junior receiver never got on track. Whether it was the revolving door at quarterback, the inexperienced offensive line or the questionable play-calling that heavily favored the running game, Schilens rarely saw the ball. He finished 2006 with only 34 catches and, worse, just two scores. But it was hardly his fault. The offense never clicked, and too often Schilens would break open over the middle only to see his quarterback running for his life because of weak offensive line play.
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