SAN DIEGO—The San Diego State Aztecs football team are off to their best start since 1996 after beating a ranked team for the first time since that same year. Amazingly, there's not a lot of excitement going through the halls on campus right now.
"Nothing to get excited about," said Aztecs defensive back Darryn Lewis, who had an interception in the Aztecs 27-25 win over No. 23 Air Force last Saturday. "This is where we expected to be this year with all the work that we have put in during the off-season and also starting last year with the new coaching staff. 4-2 is okay, but we'd love to be 6-0."
Speaking of a nice start, freshman running back Ronnie Hillman has raced to three 100-yard games, including his 191-yard, two-touchdown effort against Air Force.
Hillman won his third Mountain West Conference offensive player of the week award and some people around Montezuma Mesa have started to compare him to another former fabulous freshman: Marshall Faulk.
"That's a big comparison," Hillman said. "I was looking up to him when I was growing up, so it's kind of cool. I can't be in his shoes. He was a great player. That's a Hall-of-Famer right there. That's pretty cool, though."
"It's going to be fun to watch him and he has to do a good job of taking care of himself," said Aztecs head coach Brady Hoke. "With most freshmen, they hit a wall sometime during the season."
So to avoid that wall, Hillman has received some simple advice.
"Just keep eating and get your sleep so you don't hit the wall," Hillman says his teammates have told him. "Yep, eating and sleeping."
With a record of 4-2, the Aztecs hit the road to play winless New Mexico this Saturday hoping to snap their four-game losing streak in Albuquerque.