Meet the Aztecs: Q&A with Terry Poole

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The 18th in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.

Terry Poole is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman from Monterey, Calif. He spent his prep career at Seaside High School, where he played offensive tackle. Following high school, Poole went to Monterey Peninsula City College, where he played for two seasons. Poole earned All-California Region III first-team honors as a sophomore, and caught the eyes of several Division 1 schools.

Poole comes to San Diego State as junior, but still has a redshirt season available if needed. He will have three years to play two seasons, but hopes to compete for a starting job on the offensive line immediately. He will wear No. 79 for the Aztecs.

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Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: I chose SDSU because I think it’s the best place to compete and succeed. I feel it’s the best place for me to develop to go to the next level.

Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: At first they were the hardest workouts I’ve ever done in my life, but they got better and I’m started to get used to it.

Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: I am majoring in criminal justice. I am interested in possibly being a probation counselor.

Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: I’m most excited for just playing football. I also hope to keep my grades at a 3.0.

Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: If possible I like to go the beach. I like to play basketball and eat good food. I like to barbecue.

Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I’m a northern California guy, so it has to be the Oakland Raiders. But I am also a Los Angeles Lakers fan too.

Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: I look up to Kobe Bryant. I like how he always steps up and handles his business. I also look up to my hometown native Carl Nix. He came from my area and now he is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: I would be playing basketball. I played center and power forward for three years in high school.

Q: What has the transition from junior college to a Division 1 football program been like for you?
A: The training is a lot more up-tempo than in junior college. The workouts and training are a lot faster than what I’m used to.

Q: What do you like so far about the city of San Diego?
A: There are a lot of generous people. I like the beaches down here a lot too.

by Hunter Hewitt

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Meet the Aztecs: Q&A with Aaron Boesch

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The 17th in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.

Aaron Boesch is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end from Oak Harbor, Wash. He spent his prep career at Oak Harbor High School, where he lettered three years in football. Boesch rarely left the field in high school, as he also played defensive end and punter.

Following high school, Boesch attended Santa Monica Junior College, where he helped lead the team to their first conference championship in 20 years. After an impressive first season, several colleges expressed interest in the athletic tight end. Boesch eventually chose San Diego State, and was able to enroll for the spring semester in 2012 and join the team for spring practices. He will wear No. 87 for the Aztecs.

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Q: How has your experience at San Diego State been so far?
A: The experience has been really good. The coaches are teaching me a lot and I’m learning from the upperclassmen so that’s great.

Q: What do you like so far about the city of San Diego?
A: I like that the weather is nice almost all the time. Being from Seattle it’s a lot different, the weather is not as nice.

Q: How did the offseason workouts go for you?
A: They were tough but the whole team is getting a lot stronger. I can feel that I am getting stronger and I’m gaining some weight.

Q: What is your major and what type of career aspirations do you have outside of football?
A: I’m majoring in construction engineering. I’d like to work in the field of engineering.

Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I like to go the beach. We don’t have beaches like this in Washington.

Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: The Green Bay Packers are my favorite football team and the Oklahoma City Thunder are my favorite basketball team because they used to be the Seattle Supersonics.

Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: Definitely Rob Gronkowski.

Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: Either baseball or basketball.

Q: What has the transition from junior college to Division 1 football been like?
A: It’s a lot different. It’s a lot higher tempo. There are still some big kids in junior college football but they are lot faster and stronger in Division 1.

Q: Being that you’re from Washington, how big is the season opener against the University of Washington for you?
A: I’m very excited for it. I have a lot of friends and family up there. I’m just hoping I can prove myself and get some playing time on the field.

by Hunter Hewitt

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Meet the Aztecs: Q&A with Matt Morin

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The 16th in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.

Matt Morin is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound quarterback from Temecula, Calif. He comes to San Diego State from Chaparral High School, where he was a was a first-team all-league selection his senior year. Morin has a strong arm and the ability to tuck the ball and run, making him a dual-threat to defenses. At Chaparral, Morin was teammates with fellow 2012 signee Teddy Queen and current Aztec safety Darius Guillory.

To get a head start, Morin graduated from high school a semester early and enrolled at SDSU in the spring semester of 2012, which enabled him to join the team for spring practices. With three veteran quarterbacks currently on the roster, Morin will use his redshirt for the 2012 season, but will likely compete for the starting job in 2013. He will wear No. 11 for the Aztecs.

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Q: How has your experience at San Diego State been so far?
A: It’s going very well. School is a little hard getting used to but other than that it’s going well.

Q: What do you like so far about the city of San Diego?
A: I’d have to say the weather. It can’t get much better than 75 degrees every day.

Q: How were the offseason workouts for you?
A: They were really hard at first, but Coach Hall has done a good job of getting us into great shape and it’s getting better.

Q: What is your major and what type of career aspirations do you have outside of football?
A: My major is criminal justice. I’d like to follow in my dad’s footsteps and be a sheriff when I’m older.

Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I like to play golf when I have some time off.

Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: The Green Bay Packers are my favorite football team and the Boston Red Sox are my favorite baseball team.

Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: I like Aaron Rodgers.

Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: Baseball. I would be a pitcher.

Q: What has the transition from high school to Division 1 football been like?
A: There is a lot more discipline in everything you do. You have to focus on the details of everything.

Q: There have been rumors of a YouTube video of you throwing the ball 77 yards. How far can you throw a football?
A: I think I can throw the ball about 77-80 yards. That one pass went about 77 yards so I think I can throw it about that far.

by Hunter Hewitt

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