WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Stefanie Loh, who covers San Diego State football for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Question: How has San Diego State’s offense managed to survive after the season-ending injury to starting quarterback Ryan Katz, and what has backup Adam Dingwell done effectively since Katz has been out?
Answer: The Aztecs actually didn’t miss a beat. In fact, one opposing Mountain West coach even noted that SDSU’s offense has played with a little extra sparkle with Dingwell at the helm. But really the good thing is that Dingwell has shown maturity and the ability to stay cool under pressure. He has a similar skill set to Katz – very mobile, good arm – and can pass or scramble depending on what he sees. Still, the bottom line is that the bread and butter of the Aztecs’ offense is the run game. Running backs Adam Muema and Walter Kazee have been hot all year. Muema has 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns, while Kazee has 787 yards and eight touchdowns, and they’ve kept the chains moving, which opens the door for Dingwell to be successful in the play action pass game.