Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins are the two cornerbacks who have been making headlines when it comes to the success of the Bronco defense, but what has gone overlooked is the play of cornerback Bryan Douglas. Unfortunately, last week vs. Wyoming, Douglas tore his ACL and is out for the remainder of the season. Leaving a gaping hole in the Broncos’ defense. Into fill in Douglas’s shoes is redshirt sophomore cornerback Deon’tae Florence. Florence will have to immediately jump into the slot cornerback position and will have to flourish to keep this defense as stingy as it has been. The San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztecs’ have been very efficient this year in their offense. So far this season, the Aztecs have five receivers with over 200-yards receiving with a total of 13 touchdowns. Translation: they can score with more than the two starting receivers, making Florence’s performance this weekend crucial.
Ever since the second game against New Mexico, redshirt freshman running back Jay Ajay has been the Robin to D.J. Harper’s Batman. Especially within the past two weeks, Ajay has found the end zone twice, once in each game. Normally, that wouldn’t been anything to be impressed with, but considering Harper has held the majority of carries along with scoring two touchdowns himself in each of the past two games, Ajayi is making the most of his opportunity. The rushing game will have to be on par this weekend against a San Diego rushing defense that has only allowed 3.5 yards per carry and 125.4 yards per game, which ranks 31st in the nation. Harper can’t do it alone this weekend and will need some major help from Ajayi against the strong rushing defense of the Aztecs.
The Aztecs are 18 in the nation in rushing yards per game and 26 in the nation in points scored per game. The Aztecs’ offense has been playing very fluidly and connecting in many facets of the game. Needless to say, slowing down the Aztec’s running attack will be one of their toughest challenges to tackle. One of the key members leading that attack will be redshirt senior linebacker J.C. Percy. Percy has been a very consistent and strong performer for the Bronco’s defense with 70 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. With 70 total tackles, Percy leads the team in the category, next closest being cornerback Jamar Taylor with 40. The San Diego State running game has three running backs that have each rushed for a total of 1,823 yards with 20 touchdowns. Percy needs to be the driving factor and leader against the Aztecs this weekend if the Broncos plan on keeping this a low-scoring game.