1997 San Diego State Aztecs football team

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1997 San Diego State Aztecs football
Conference Western Athletic Conference
Division Pacific Division
1997 record 5–7 (4–4 WAC)
Head coach Ted Tollner (4th season)
Home stadium Jack Murphy Stadium
(Capacity: 54,000)
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
New Mexico x   6 2         9 4  
Rice   5 3         7 4  
SMU   5 3         6 5  
Utah   5 3         6 5  
BYU   4 4         6 5  
UTEP   3 5         4 7  
Tulsa   2 6         2 9  
TCU   1 7         1 10  
Pacific Division
No. 17 Colorado State x$   7 1         11 2  
Air Force   6 2         10 3  
Fresno State   5 3         6 6  
Wyoming   4 4         7 6  
San Diego State   4 4         5 7  
San Jose State   4 4         4 7  
UNLV   2 6         3 8  
Hawaii   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Colorado State 41, New Mexico 13
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State University during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

The team was led by head coach Ted Tollner, in his third year. They played home games at Jack Murphy Stadium[note 1] in San Diego, California. They completed the season with a record of five wins, seven losses (5–7, 4–4 WAC).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 Navy* Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA Fox West W 45–31   21,176
September 13 at No. 3 Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA Fox West L 3–36   71,081
September 20 at Wisconsin* Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 10–38   76,864
September 27 at No. 25 Air Force Falcon StadiumColorado Springs, CO ESPN2 L 18–24 OT  48,399
October 4 at Arizona* Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ Fox West L 28–31   39,195
October 11 New Mexico Jack Murphy Stadium • San Diego, CA L 21–36   28,732
October 18 UNLV Jack Murphy Stadium • San Diego, CA W 20–17 OT  24,628
October 25 at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHalawa, HI Cox 4 W 10–3   29,342
November 1 at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY Cox 4 L 17–41   15,157
November 8 San Jose Statedagger Jack Murphy Stadium • San Diego, CA Cox 4 W 48–21   29,869
November 15 at Fresno State[note 2] Bulldog StadiumFresno, CA (Rivalry) Cox 4 W 20–19   34,195
November 22 No. 25 Colorado State Jack Murphy Stadium • San Diego, CA ESPN L 17–38   25,704
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following were selected in the 1998 NFL Draft.[3]

Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
Kyle Turley Tackle - Guard 1 7 New Orleans Saints
Az-Zahir Hakim Wide Receiver 4 96 St. Louis Rams
Ephraim Salaam Tackle 7 199 Atlanta Falcons

The following finished their college career in 1997, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.[4]

Player Position First NFL Team
Jason Moore Defensive Back 1999 Denver Broncos
Justin Watson Running Back 1999 St. Louis Rams

Team awards[edit]

Award Player
Most Valuable Player
(John Simcox Memorial Trophy)
Kyle Turley
Outstanding Players
(Byron H. Chase Memorial Trophy)
Kyle Turley, OT
Jonas Lewis, RB
Az-Zahir Hakim, WR
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, DE
Rico Curtis, SS
Andy Osbourne, LB
Team Captains
Dr. R. Hardy / C.E. Peterson Memorial Trophy
Kyle Turley, Off
Andy Osbourne, Def
Julius McChristian, Def
Most Inspirational Player Julius McChristian

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ San Diego County Credit Union Stadium (SDCCU Stadium) was known as Jack Murphy Stadium from 1981 through 1997.
  2. ^ The official name of Fresno State has been California State University, Fresno since 1972. However, it is still commonly known as Fresno State.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Diego State 1997 Schedule". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "San Diego State 2016 Football Media Guide". Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ "1998 NFL Draft". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "San Diego St. Players/Alumni". Retrieved December 8, 2016.