Wednesday, August 28, 2013

USD Toreros to open 2013 season at Cal Poly

The Toreros' defense will try to stop a triple-option attack that finished 3rd in the FCS in average rushing yards last season.
San Diego Toreros (0-0) at Cal Poly Mustangs (0-0)
Saturday, August 31, 2013 4:05 p.m. PT
San Luis Obispo, CA (Alex G. Spanos Stadium)

This Saturday, the defending Pioneer Football League co-champion Toreros will open the season on the road against Cal Poly for the second year straight. This will only be the third meeting between the teams with the Mustangs owning a 2-0 advantage in the series. In last season’s opener, the Mustangs rolled to a 41-14 win after putting up 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

First year head coach Dale Lindsey hopes to lead the Toreros to a third consecutive PFL title and an automatic berth to the 2013 FCS playoffs. The former defensive coordinator returns 11 starters from last year’s squad that finished the season on a six-game win streak.

The Mustangs enter the season ranked No. 11 in the NCAA Division I FCS preseason coaches’ poll and No. 14 in the TSN media poll. They will be led by their fifth year head coach Tim Walsh who returns 17 starters from last season’s 9-3 campaign where they captured a share of the Big Sky title in their first year as conference members.

Head to Head

Impact Toreros

Senior QB Mason Mills
On pace to set six new USD career records
Led the FCS in completion percentage last season (70%)

Senior WR Sam Hoekstra
Led the team in receiving yards last season (788)
All-Time USD leader in career punt return yards (620)
Needs four punt returns to break the USD career record in attempts

Senior LB Blake Oliaro
Led the team in sacks last season (7)
Third all-time in USD career sacks (22.5)

Senior FS Robbie Beathard
Named team captain for this season
The only returning starter in the secondary

Impact Mustangs

Junior QB Vince Moraga
Beat out three other players for the starting job

Senior LB Johnny Millard
Eight career games with 10 or more tackles

Senior DT Sullivan Grosz
Led the team with six sacks last season


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