After practice, it is common to watch assistant coach Brandon Huppert running alongside his defensive lineman, preparing them both mentally and physically, because he knows that is the foundation for this group’s success this year.
Brandon Weaver, a senior who leads by example, has been a staple in the Aggie defense, seeing action in every game his first two seasons. Last year, the senior collected 21 tackles (13 solo) and an assisted sack for a loss of eight yards.
For veterans like Weaver, Huppert said his expectation for them is to play up to their abilities.
"Their standard is high and so I expect them to play that way every down. They’re smart guys and know what level of play will take them to playoffs. As long as they are playing hard and executing, I’m going to let them roll."
A new face to the line is Terrell Cloud, a junior transfer who played for current UC Davis defensive coordinator Robert Tucker at Los Angeles Valley College. Throughout his first two seasons, Cloud was a two-time team Defensive Lineman of the Year, and collected first team accolades from the All-American Pacific Conference in 2016 after recording nine tackles for loss (42 yards) and five sacks.
Another player to watch is Bryce Rogers, who saw action in all 11 games and earned five starts last season as a true freshman. He finished with 10 tackles (seven solo) and one tackle for loss against Sacramento State.
Another group of student-athletes that displayed their talents to Huppert throughout camp include Hunter O’Brion, Jordan Franklin and Nick Fehrenbach. All three have played at a high level on a consistent basis, and are eager to continue their successful run once the season is underway.
Speaking of running, which is something this group has done a lot of before, during and after practice…
"I will never ask these guys to do something that I wouldn’t do myself. I know all the running feels like a lot of work, but everybody in the country is practicing right now, too. Can we focus and run?"
Added Huppert, "I want these guys to become as mentally strong as possible heading into SDSU and push themselves further from there. When it’s third down, and we are rushing the passer, I want everyone to know that all the hard work prepared them to succeed when these situations take place."
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