Behind center, certainty in the backfield as SDSU opens fall camp

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Every college football team has holes to fill in the roster this close to kickoff.

San Diego State has their share, from both sides of the line to the defensive backfield.

But where the lights are brightest and attention the strongest, two men battle to be, as Coach Taylor would phrase it, "QB-1."

"No doubt about it – we have to throw the ball better," associate head coach Jeff Horton said. "We all know it. Everyone in San Diego knows it."

It's a matchup of quarterbacks from two different points in their college careers. On one side is Carlsbad alumnus Christian Chapman, a second year signal caller that can work on the run.

Opposite him is transfer Maxwell Smith, a pocket passer that has faced SEC defenses, starting 11 games at Kentucky over three years.

"We're rotating every play," quarterbacks coach Blane Morgan said. "Later, when we start to get pads on, we'll go multiple plays."

One place where uncertainty isn't an issue is at running back. Sure, Donnel Pumphrey gets all the press – plus a Walker Award watch list slot – but the group actually goes four deep.

"If we could just hand it off to one of those guys, we'll be alright," Horton said.

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