Aztecs notebook: OL Joe Salcedo out for season
San Diego State head coach Rocky Long said sophomore offensive lineman Joe Salcedo will have surgery on Monday to repair his left patellar tendon and will be out for the season.
Salcedo was injured in Tuesday’s practice during a one-on-one passing drill. The Aztecs already were down a lineman with the summer injury to sophomore Ryan Pope (lung contusion).
The Aztecs need to replace two starters on the offensive line this season after the departure of Pearce Slater and Darrell Greene, who are both in NFL camps as undrafted free agents.
Salcedo backed up Pearce last season. He was the starting right tackle coming out of spring practice before tight end Daniel Brunskill was moved there two weeks ago.
Seniors Kwayde Miller and Brunskill are the starters at left and right tackle, respectively, so the Aztecs are looking for depth at the position. Long mentioned true freshmen Tyler Roemer and Keith Ismael as two players who now figure in the mix on the line.
The Aztecs have two weeks to get the situation squared away. They open the season Sept. 3 against New Hampshire.
Making up is easy to do
Several scuffles broke out between players during Thursday’s practice.
“They were very competitive today and were probably a little sore and tired, so they’re a little angry, a little grouchy,” Long said.
Tight end Kyle Spalding and defensive lineman Damon Moore, wide receiver Quest Truxton and safety Peter Baldwin and fullback Nick Bawden and defensive lineman Myles Cheatum all squared off, but all left hand-in-hand by the end of practice.
On Long’s orders.
“It was kind of a fun thing that I read about,” Long said. “I wish I had come up with the idea, but I didn’t.”
The Washington Huskies have players who get in a fight jog around the field holding hands afterwards.
“I told them (at the end of practice) that it’s good to be competitive, but you can’t be stupid,” Long said. “You need a combative nature without going overboard. You’ve got to control your emotions. If you fight, you get penalized and kicked out of the game.”
Long’s “punishment” seemed to work.
“I love this guy right here,” Bawden said as he and Cheatum walked from the practice field together.
Of course, Long does want to see some fight in his team.
“I’ve only been on one football team that went the whole preseason without one fight,” Long said. “That football team went 4-7.”
Junior wide Christian Cumberlander rejoined the team on Thursday, returning from Georgia where he had been attending to a family matter.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Mason Hall also returned, assuming the spot left open when sophomore walk-on Brandon Jones quit the team.