News: San Diego State coach Rocky Long said that redshirt freshman receiver Ezell Ruffin will not play this season, but will remain with the team and try to get back next season. Ruffin had been waiting for the NCAA to rule on a transcript from an online class he took at another school. Apparently, it didn't work out the way everyone had hoped.
Analysis: It's too bad because the Aztecs needed some receiving help this year, and Ruffin could have certainly been in the mix. Now, he'll have to wait.
News: San Diego State's receiving issues continue after Ezell Ruffin was ruled out of Saturday's opener because of academic issues, according to coach Rocky Long. He could miss more time, too.
Analysis: The Aztecs have been struggling to find consistent receiving this fall and though Ruffin is listed as a backup, he was certainly going to play. The Aztecs haven't found a receiver who can go get the long ball, said Long, who noted that's what quarterback Ryan Lindley does best.
News: With four catches, San Diego State receiver Dylan Denso is the veteran of the receiving corps. A non-scholarship walk-on, Denso has risen to the top of the depth chart by working hard, increasing his speed and being what quarterback Ryan Lindley called "a rock."
Analysis: Through the NFL, injuries and attrition, the Aztec receiving corps are thin, but Denso has put himself into a position to be Lindley's go-to guy this season. He's holding off Ezell Ruffin, a very fast frosh, and Aldodius Colquitt, a JC transfer. To this point, Denso has held up well.
News: San Diego State just got a double whammy in the form of losing two wide receivers for the entire 2011 season. Jay Waddell and Dominique Sandifer will not participate this year after suffering knee injuries.
Analysis: Sandifer was expected to be the next receiver in line for Ryan Lindley passes after Vincent Brown and Demarco Sampson left but now those receptions could fall to Ezell Ruffin and tight end Gavin Escobar.
News: When Ezell Ruffin came to San Diego State, he dabbled at quarterback during his redshirt season but has since been moved to wide receiver. With Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson off to the NFL, Ruffin is poised for a breakout season. A speedy complement to the elusive Dominique Sandifer, Ruffin can also do damage as a Wildcat quarterback.
Analysis: Ruffin and the Aztecs have the luxury of having a four-year starter slinging them the ball in Ryan Lindley, as well as a superstar tailback in Ronnie Hillman. Lindley and Hillman are proven fantasy options but there has to be someone to catch Lindley's throws, and Ruffin is right there at the top.