Though he said that Will Haskell “came out and performed well,” he gave Burmeister, a La Jolla Country Day alum, the nod.
“Braxton has been pretty good all spring. He’ll be our starter in the fall and we will see what happens,” Hoke said.
Fans got a look at some of Hoke’s principal players Thursday as Brionne Penny caught three touchdown passes in his team’s 28-6 victory at the Aztecs’ spring game on the SDSU practice fields.
Playing for honorary head coach Donnel Pumphrey – who played for SDSU from 2013-16 – Penny caught a 2-yard touchdown pass for the White Uni’s to end the first half, then a hauled in a 6-yard catch for another touchdown and a 20-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Pumphrey’s team put up 286 offensive yards in the game, with Haskell in at quarterback. That included 200 through the air.
The other team, led by honorary head coach Brian Sipe – an Aztec from 1969-71 – got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter on a drive led by quarterback Kyle Crum that ended with a 22-yard field goal by Collyn Hopkins.
After the half, Sipe’s team added another field goal, this time by David Delgado, following a 10-play, 48-yard drive.
That was all for the offense though as Pumphrey’s team kept Sipe’s out of the end zone, holding them to 171 yards.
On offense, Haskell connected on consecutive passes to Tyrell Shavers and Penny. He then found a slanting Shavers for the first score of the game.
Right before halftime true freshman Liu Aumavae found Penny in the end zone to put his team up by 11. Aumavae later connected with Penny to make it a 21-6 game.
Penny had six catches for 66 yards to pace his team. Aumavae was 9-for-13 for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Haskell was 10-for-14 for 78 yards, with a touchdown and interception.
Vai Kaho led both defenses with five solo tackles, including two sacks for 12 yards. Keion Mitchell had a pair of sacks.