San Diego State Aztecs
#2 Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
-Lining up exclusively as left outside cornerback, both field and boundary.
-Presses receiver, doesn’t allow clean release.
-Recognizes screen quickly, perfect timing to disrupt the catch – big hit.
-In man, good stop/start ability sticking with stutter go easily.
-Beaten vertically originally, shows good recovery speed to get back in phase.
-Splits receiver in his zone effectively, baiting the QB to make a throw.
-Reading QB’s eyes, closing well on the ball in zone.
-Fights through block on screen, assists on tackle.
-Cover three, closes on ball thrown down the seam and makes the tackle.
-Can’t bring down big running back in the open field – stiff armed to the ground.
-Cuts in front of lazy jerk route, deflects the pass.
-Sticks with receiver in man, no separation on in route.
Overview: I voted McFadden as an FWAA All-American after the regular season and I certainly won’t be changing my mind after this game. He showed his ability to stick with receivers in man, close on the ball in zone and support the run / screen game. McFadden will be a solid day two pick this April.
#88 Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
-Lining up as tight end, split out and in line.
-Leverages Ansah out of the play, allows him inside on rollout.
-Good positioning to turn Van Noy out of the play on combo block.
-Getting some good blocks in down the field.
-Good hand placement on block, not getting much push.
-Needs to lower his pads a bit when blocking.
-Nice seam route, controlled, hands catch and shows some elusiveness.
-Misses block on the second level, reached instead of getting in correct position.
-Works back to the quarterback under pressure, presents a big target and makes the catch.
Overview: Running game was the focal point of the offensive gameplan, but Escobar was still able to make some plays blocking and one catch down the field. Tough to make plays down the field when your OL is getting hammered.