San Diego State opens its 2019 football season Saturday. Photo credit: goaztecs.com

San Diego State’s Parker Houston called his feelings leading up to Saturday’s season opener “straight excitement.”

SDSU begins its 2019 college football season at 6 p.m. at home at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium against Weber State.

Houston, a tight end, pointed to the senior leadership as a strength for the team.

“The four years I’ve been here, they’re probably one of the most dedicated group of seniors I’ve been with,” he said. “They’re guys that do everything for the team the right way. They lead by example.”

They face challenges, however. The Athletic predicts SDSU will finish behind a weakened Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference. The article noted that some of the team’s wide receivers need “to step up” to improve upon last year’s scoring.

The Aztecs also, according to the piece, must find the right mix to lead the defense.

In a news conference this week, head coach Rocky Long called the defensive line “the biggest concern on our team right now.”

“I think that we’re inexperienced,” he said. “We’ve made some progress, but we’re not near good enough to be a really good defense.”

Defensive end Myles Cheatum sees the low expectations as an opportunity.

“There’s a lot of room to turn some heads in a way,” the senior said.

SDSU finished 7-6 last year, and lost four straight to end the season. After ranking No. 20 last year on a preseason coaches poll, the Aztecs failed to secure a spot this year. No other Mountain West teams made the list either, according to Mountain West Wire.

The Aztecs have seven starters returning on offense (including quarterback Ryan Agnew and running back Juwan Washington) and five on defense.

The opener will be live streamed on Facebook, making Saturday’s contest one of 11 games to be broadcast this year via television or the web.

– Staff reports

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