Lott IMPACT Trophy | Honoring College Football's Defensive Best




The San Diego State Aztecs play their home football games in the eighth largest city in the United States, but they are clearly under the radar when it comes to college football’s best teams.

They are 7-1, have won 15 straight Mountain West Conference games, outscore their opponents by more than 23 points per game and have a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in running back Donnel Pumphrey.

They also have one of the best linebackers in the nation in Calvin Munson, a quarter-finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

The 6-1, 245-pound senior from St. Charles Missouri is a rock solid presence in the middle of the Aztec defense.  “He’s as good as any linebacker in our league and he’s as good as any linebacker that we’ve played against or will be playing against,” SDSU head coach Rocky Long said. “I really believe that.”

Munson led San Diego State in tackles last season as a junior with 98 and is doing so again in 2016 with 66 in eight games.  He also has 6 ½ tackles for losses, 2 ½ sacks and 10 quarterback hurries.

A standout baseball pitcher, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals out of high school.  He describes himself on twitter as “Christ follower, football player, baseball player, brother son and easy-going guy.”

“Calvin Munson is a great guy.. He’s the leader of the baseball team. He’s the leader of the football team, and he’s a godly man. You can’t find one kid around school that would have anything bad to say about him.”  — High school teammate Austin Southmayd

Offensively, the Aztecs rely almost solely on the ground game led by Pumphrey, a 5-7, 175-pound dynamo who has run for 5,741 yards in his career, 5th best in NCAA history.  In a 40-13 win over Utah State last week, the team ran for 400 yards and passed for just 14!

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