Found January 10, 2013 on Beyond the Combine:
#88 Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State University (Junior) HGT: 6-5 WGT: 255  Gavin Escobar not only established himself as the best Tight End in the Mountain West this year, but as one of the best in the nation. The Junior Tight End has started in 30 games dating back to the 2010 season. This season Escobar hauled in 42 passes for 543 yards and 6 touchdowns. Over his 3 year career as an Aztec, Escobar has recorded 122 catches for 1,646 yards, reaching the end zone 17 times.   PROS: Escobar possesses prototypical length and has good muscle tone. Has large hands. Escobar is a good athlete, showing good agility and leaping ability. Runs good, not great. Breaks arm tackles and shows he can run through defenders who are not in proper position. Displays good body control and balance, makes a lot of tough catches. Uses his body well to screen defenders and make plays on the ball. Creates mis-match problems with his length when isolated on a corner and with his athleticism when matched with a linebacker. Understands how to settle and find the open spot in zone coverage. Not afraid to catch the ball in traffic. Shows good escape moves and head fakes when getting off of linebackers. In the run game, plays with a good base, good pad level and consistently has good footwork when blocking. Does a good job shooting his hands and attaching to defenders. CONS: Needs to add bulk to his frame. Does not have great speed. Does not show the explosiveness you like to see off the line. Needs to develop total body strength. Must sharpen route running, routes are often loose and unsettle. Not very physical at the point of attack, often tries to position block or settle for a stale-mate. When on the backside of run needs to work on hand and head placement to cut off defenders.   NOTES: Gavin Escobar possesses enough intangibles, measurables and skill to be a very good Tight End in the NFL. Escobar’s ability to create mis-matches and be an effective blocker will help his draft stock. Since Escobar is a Junior, he will not be allowed to take place in the Senior Bowl or Shrine Game, so the Combine and his pro day will be very important. The upside I see from Escobar is though the roof and I think there will be NFL teams that love the potential the he holds.

San Diego St considers Big East and Mountain West

San Diego State is planning to attend the Big East's meetings on Friday, but the school has been talking to the Mountain West about possibly staying in that conference rather than switching leagues. Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco says he doesn't anticipate San Diego State will have a decision at the upcoming meeting in Dallas, but does expect the Aztecs to make up their...

SDSU’s Jamaal Franklin’s incredible off-the-backboard dunk at full speed is magically delicious

Jamaal Franklin has mad ups. San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin is the early leader for college basketball’s Dunk of the Year after this amazing dunk against Fresno State Wednesday night.  Franklin went full speed through the Fresno State defense and executed the perfect off-the-backboard pass to himself before finishing with the thunderous dunk.  It was as ballsy as it was...

Video: Jamaal Franklin Alley-Oop Dunk To Himself

Jamaal Franklin from San Diego State actually threw an alley-oop to himself off the backboard in a game tonight against Fresno State. It’s not often you see San Diego State highlights so enjoy this one guys before you see it all over Sportscenter tonight. You might not see a better dunk all year.  I can’t The post Video: Jamaal Franklin Alley-Oop Dunk To Himself appeared first...

San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin with the dunk of the Year?

Jamaal Franklin was the Mountain West Conference Player of the year last season, and now this season he might just have the best dunk of the college basketball season. The dunk happened it San Diego State’s win at Fresno State. Franklin got the defensive rebound and started dribbling up court and was on a 3 on 3 fastbreak. Franklin looked off his defender to the right and threw...

No. 16 Aztecs survive in Fresno

San Diego State coach Steve Fisher warned his players that Mountain West Conference games would be more intense than anything they experienced during nonleague play...

Jamaal Franklin Goes Off The Backboard From The Three-Point Line To Himself For Dunk

I have never seen anything like this, even in a dunk contest. Check out San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin who tosses himself an alley-oop off of the glass and throws it down. Pretty cool, huh? Yes, it was pretty cool, until you realize that he threw the pass to himself off the glass from beyond the three point line. I’ve never seen anything like that even in a dunk contest...

Jamaal Franklin Unbelievable Pass Off Backboard To Himself For Dunk (Video)

Sand Diego State forward Jamaal Franklin is the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and bona fide NBA prospect. Last night he made what many consider the dunk of the year when he smoothly at full speed when coast to coast, and at some point once he passed half court, decided to throw himself a pretty pass off the backboard for an unbelievable dunk. Franklin was asked...

Video: Jamaal Franklin completes off-the-glass pass to himself for the dunk

Tweet Wednesday, San Diego State junior Jamaal Franklin executed this amazing play on a fast break against Fresno State: San Diego State lost the game but Franklin’s dunk clearly stole the show. Franklin, a 6’5″ guard from Hawthorne, CA who averages 17.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, is apparently known for his high-flying dunks, [...]

VIDEO: San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin pulled off an 'alley-oop to himself' dunk

San Diego State swingman Jamaal Franklin was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year last season. And this is how the junior started off 2013 conference play on Wednesday night against Fresno State: Um, holy crap. He actually did the off-the-glass dunk in a real game. To start conference play, even, for the No. 16 Aztecs. That's a definite dunk of the year candidate...

SDSU's Jamaal Franklin full speed off the backboard to himself dunk of the year candidate

The clip of San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin tossing the ball off the backboard at full speed to himself yesterday from the 3-point-line against Fresno State is made even better by the fact that the... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Holy Toledo!

New San Diego State offensive coordinator Bob Toledo talks with about why he took the position, his relationship with Rocky Long, how much gas he has left in the tank and what he has in store for the Aztecs offense...

Long names Bob Toledo Offensive Coordinator

San Diego State head coach Rocky Long named Bob Toledo his offensive coordinator on Thursday afternoon...

NCAA Dunk of the Year Candidate: Jamaal Franklin

  As diehards of this site (Mom? Are you there?) already know, The Hoops Manifesto runs a College Dunk of the Year Tournament every spring.  Our next nominee for the 2012/13 edition is San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin with an off the backboard in traffic alley oop.   [youtube]wLGKEfEiOm0[/youtube]  

Batiste Keeping Optimistic

Though Upland (Calif.) cornerback Delvin Batiste recently parted ways with San Diego State, he's keeping optimistic...
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