USA Today Picks SDSU Football to Finish Second in MW

June 15, 2012

SAN DIEGO - USA Today recently projected the San Diego State football team to finish second in the 2012 Mountain West standings with a 9-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in league play in its College Football Preview magazine.

Senior cornerback Leon McFadden, an Athlon Sports and Phil Steele preseason all-MW first-team honoree as well as a preseason MW Defensive Player of the Year honoree from Lindy's Sports, was tabbed by USA Today as a repeat first-team all-conference selection. In 2011, the Inglewood, Calif., native led the league in passes defended (17), while recording 46 tackles (35 solo), two interceptions and a sack.

Senior wide receiver Brice Butler, meanwhile, was selected by USA Today as the top newcomer for the Aztecs. The Norcross, Ga., native has already been tabbed as a Phil Steele preseason all-MW second-team honoree as well as being ranked in the MW top-10 NFL talent list by Lindy's Sports. Butler, who is a transfer from USC, had 31 catches for 554 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons as a Trojan.

The Aztecs get their 2012 season underway at 7:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, Sept. 1, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. USA Today has tabbed SDSU's Nov. 3 matchup at Boise State as one of its top games to watch in the Mountain West.

Season tickets can be purchased online through GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting the Aztec Ticket Office at Qualcomm Stadium's Window "E." The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.