At 11-3, last season’s San Diego State Aztecs football team was one of the most successful teams Rocky Long has ever coached. His starting QB for much of the season, Maxwell Smith, unfortunately missed out on the team’s dominating win in the Hawai’i Bowl, and has been ruled ineligible to return by the NCAA this year.
Sophomore Christian Chapman, who went 8-11 with 113 passing yards and a touchdown in the Hawai’i Bowl, is expected to take over as the team’s starting QB for the 2016 season.
Smith’s NCAA injury waiver has been denied, ending any chance the quarterback had to return for the 2016 season.
“We got the appeal back from the NCAA and they did not give him a sixth year,” SDSU head coach Rocky Long said. “So it’s a foregone conclusion he can not come back and play. …
“He hadn’t really decided for sure if he wanted to come back or not, so we’d been preparing that he wasn’t going to come back and then if he did it would have been a bonus.”