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University of San Diego Toreros have either won or tied for the Pioneer league over the last 6 years in a role. Has had several players go to the NFL and made its 1st appearance to the Division 1-AA playoffs last season. Yet it seems like this dynasty never gets the just due it deserves. Coach Lindsay has built/sustained a powerhouse since the Harbaugh/Caragher days. The Toreros again are picked to win the Pioneer league. I think it is time for football fans around San Diego County to show the team/school/players and Coach Lindsay some RESPECT or as they say in hip-hop RESPECK.
This season the Toreros will be led by Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback Anthony Lawrence (6’1-195lbs – Grossmont HS). In 2015 Anthony led Toreros to a 9-2 record and share of the PFL championship (7-1). He was Named PFL Offensive Freshman of the Year and USD’s Most Valuable Player. In addition he was also Named All-PFL Honorable Mention and was a candidate for STATS FCS National Freshman of the Year. Anthony finished the 2015 season by completing 188-of-295 passes (63.7%) for 2,392 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Anthony Lawrence big time target will be Senior wide receiver Brian Riley (6’3 – 200lbs – Rancho Bernardo HS). In 2015 was Riley was named All-PFL Second Team for offense, and a PFL Player of the Week (Nov. 22). The USD staff and teammates named Riley Offensive MVP. He ranked second on the team in receptions with 44 and totaled a team-best 782 receiving yards (17.8 yards per catch average) and 8 Touchdowns. Riley has been named to the 2016 Pre-Season All-PFL team.
The run game is by committee and senior RB Jereke Armstrong (5’9 – 196lbs – San Pasqual HS) will be the season veteran out of the group. In 2015 Armstrong was selected All-PFL Honorable Mention. He led Torero running backs with 662 yards (6.1 yards per carry average) and 7 TD’s. He also added 14 receptions for 200 yards (14.3 average) and 4 TD’s. Last season Armstrong was also a special teams fixture with 8 kickoff returns for 173 yards (21.6 average). Armstrong ranked first on team in points scored (66) and all-purpose yardage (94.1 yards per game).
The Offensive Line will be young but ready to battle. Redshirt Freshman Jake Michaels (6’4 – 270lbs – Poway HS), True Freshman Aiden Valencia (6-6 – 270lbs – St. Augustine HS) and Redshirt Junior Christian Williams (6’3 – 288lbs – Vista HS) all will compete for a starting spot on the line. This O-Line will be the base for one of the top offenses in D1-AA.
The defensive leader is Senior Cornerback Jamal Agnew (5’10 – 193lbs – Point Loma HS). Jamal owns USD career record for pass breakups with 37 and 9 career interceptions with his sites on Torero career mark of 15. Jamal in 2015 was named USD’s Defensive MVP and selected All-PFL Second Team for defense. Jamal tallied 30 tackles, 4 interceptions and 11 pass breakups in his junior season. If Jamal can continue to improve and put up numbers the NFL will come calling.
The other cornerback is no slouch Devyn Bryant (5’11 – 193lbs – Horizon Academy) for the Torero’s. Devyn is a return starter. Devyn is an All-State AFCA Good Works Team nominee and recipient of the 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar. Devyn was also named Co-SIDA Academic All-District VIII, 1st Team PFL All-Academic and PFL Honor Roll. Devyn was selected All-PFL Second Team Defense and received the team’s Dave Adolph “Do You Love Football” Award for defense. He started all 11 games and finished first on the team with 5 interceptions. Deyvn totaled 51 tackles (37 solo) and chipped in with 8 pass breakups. With Jamal and Devyn USD has one of the country’s best secondary.
Redshirt Junior Linebacker Alec Moreno (6’2 – 215 – Poway HS) is a returning starter. In 2015 Alec started all 11 games and ranked 2nd on team with 56 stops (20 solo). Alec had 3 tackles for loss (-9 yards), 1 pass breakup and 1 quarterback hurry. Alec is also is a 2 time PFL Honor-Roll and 2nd team PFL all-academic Team. Alec will be counted on to provide leadership.
The defensive line leader is Johnathan Petersen (6’1 – 230lbs – Poway HS). In 2015 Johnathan received USD’s Outstanding Lineman Award for defense and was selected All-PFL Second Team for defense. He was also named to PFL Honor Roll. Johnathan was ranked fifth on the team with 51 tackles (24 solo) and led the Toreros in tackles for loss with 16 (-87 yards), quarterback sacks with 8 (-68 yards), quarterback hurries with 8, and forced fumbles with 3.
San Diego Torero’s is a true reflection of our Counties football talent, the best in the country. Coach Lindsay and his staff is plain and simple winner and have built a dynasty. Our community needs to support. We support the Chargers when they are down, we support SDSU with they are down but we haven’t supported the best football team/program who has been winning over the last 10 years. That has to change. On 9/3/2016 USD opens the season vs Western New Mexico come and support.