SDSU Football Transitions Into New Era


After advancing to the FCS semifinals last fall, the SDSU football team is back on the field for spring practice, and dealing with several transitions.

Who will replace record-setting quarterback Taryn Christion?  That’s what returning QB’s Kanin Nelson, J’Bore Gibbs, Matt Connors, and Arizona State transfer Kurt Walding are hoping to answer this spring.

“We’re pretty balanced with our repetitions. Our goal would be to get it down to two from the four that we’re at right now going into fall camp. If one guy were to emerge that would be great too, but I think conservatively if we can get it down to two we’ll be very happy with that,” Offensive Coordinator Jason Eck said. 

Along with a new quarterback, the offense has a new coordinator, as offensive line coach Jason Eck was promoted following the departure of Eric Eidsness.

“You keep your terminology the same. Instead of changing a bunch of guys’ minds, you just change a guy’s title. He’s brings a little bit more of creativity if you will, which is fine. It’s not a negative, it’s not a positive,” Head Coach John Stiegelmeier said. 

While there will be minor changes, Eck says the focus of the offense remains the same.

“We’re trying to get the ball to our best players and get it to them as fast as we can, so they can make something happen,” Eck said. 

Like the offense, the Jackrabbit defense also lost its coordinator and promoted from within.  But, instead of one coach filling the shoes of Clint Brown, linebackers coach Jimmy Rogers and safeties coach Brian Bergstrom will serve as co-defensive coordinators.

“Little tweaks here in there, but the transition altogether has gone really smoothly. Adding a bunch of new things into the defense on top of what we ran last year. It’s been working very well against our offense right now,” Junior Linebacker Logan Backhaus said. 

It’s a season of change, but expectations remain sky high following back-to-back FCS semifinal appearances.

“We’re on track. We’re focused and we need to find a way to take the next step,” Stiegelmeier said. 

SDSU will conclude spring practice with its annual Spring Game on April 13th.

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