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Zach Engberg

Zach Engberg, Sports Editor

Zach is a senior at San Diego State University majoring in journalism. Zach was the Sports Editor at The Daily Aztec, where he has been working since 2015. Zach has covered the SDSU football, baseball and women's lacrosse team, while reporting other breaking news stories. Born in San Francisco, Calif., Zach is an avid fan of the SF 49ers, Oakland Athletics and Golden State Warriors, and is still mourning the 2016 Finals loss and Super Bowl XLVII. Zach will someday work as a television sports commentator, joining the likes of Joe Buck, Mike Tirico and Marv Albert.

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Freshman forward Matt Mitchell attacks the basket during SDSUs 85-49 win over San Jose State.

Column: Aztecs’ fall from grace falls on senior leaders

January 24, 2018

One of the pinnacle moments in San Diego State men’s basketball came on March 8, 2014. In front of a sold-out Viejas Arena – and an incredulous Reggie...

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Stories to watch in 2018

January 17, 2018

Presidential search The California State University Board of Trustees has started to narrow down candidates to permanently take over the role of San...

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Cross Training with Aliyah Utush

[Video] Cross Training with Aliyah Utush

December 19, 2017

Women's soccer players Aliyah Utush and Kate Hart join the Daily Aztec Sports staff for a gingerbread house building contest for this week's segment...

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Marshall Faulk is honored before an SDSU football game vs. Hawaii in the 2016 season.

Marshall Faulk suspended by NFL Network amidst sexual harassment allegations

December 12, 2017

The NFL Network announced Monday night that it has suspended San Diego State alumnus and former football star Marshall Faulk. Faulk was one of four employees...

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Sophomore running back Juwan Washington, senior wide receiver Mikah Holder, sophomore linebacker Kyavha Tezino and senior fullback Nick Bawden lead SDSU onto the field before its opening game win over UC Davis Sept. 2.

Armed Forces Bowl trip challenged by state travel ban

December 8, 2017

In being invited to the 2017 Armed Forces Bowl, San Diego State football will have to wrestle with California's recently imposed travel ban. Assembly...

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Rashaad Penny is all smiles during the Aztecs 42-23 victory over Nevada on Nov. 18 at SDCCU Stadium.

Penny misses final Heisman cut

December 4, 2017

The Heisman Trophy Trust announced the three finalists for the 2017 Heisman Trophy award on Monday afternoon, leaving senior San Diego State running back...

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Sophomore running back Juwan Washington, senior wide receiver Mikah Holder, sophomore linebacker Kyavha Tezino and senior fullback Nick Bawden lead SDSU onto the field before its opening game win over UC Davis Sept. 2.

Football to face Army in the Armed Forces Bowl

December 3, 2017

There was a point during the 2017 San Diego State football season when a bid to a New Year's Six Bowl – the pinnacle of success for an FBS team –...

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DA Preplay – Football Season Recap

[Video] DA Preplay – Football Season Recap

December 1, 2017

  Daily Aztec Sports reviews the Aztec Football season and talks men’s basketball with a new “Fair or Foul” segment. Also debuting a...

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Rashaad Penny is all smiles during the Aztecs 42-23 victory over Nevada on Nov. 18 at SDCCU Stadium.

Penny, Kelly among Aztecs honored by Mountain West

November 30, 2017

San Diego State football senior running back Rashaad Penny was named the Mountain West Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year by the conference...

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Freshman safety Tariq Thompson intercepts a pass against New Mexico on Nov. 24.

SDSU football: 2017 season in review

November 29, 2017

Offense:  Ground and pound is the name of the game for San Diego State football. Anchored by an offensive line with only one returning starter – who...

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DA Preplay -- SDSU vs. Nevada

[Video] DA Preplay — SDSU vs. Nevada

November 18, 2017

Daily Aztec Sports talk football as the Aztecs go up against Nevada this weekend. Tune in for an interview from safety Parker Baldwin, basketball shop...

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DA Preplay -- SDSU Basketball Preview

[Video] DA Preplay — SDSU Basketball Preview

November 11, 2017

Daily Aztec Sports presents a preview of SDSU’s men’s basketball season opening this week. Tune in for game footage from SDSU’s football season,...

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Senior forward Malik Pope puts up a floater in the first half against San Diego Christian. Pope led SDSU with 20 points in the 91-50 win.

High-flying Aztecs open season with dominant 91-52 win over San Diego Christian

November 10, 2017

Senior forward Malik Pope ran down the floor, catching a perfectly-placed lob from freshman forward Matt Mitchell and slamming it home, taking a 14-0 lead...

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Then-freshman guard Najé Murray drives to the basket for two of her 14 points during SDSU's 77-50 win over Presbyterian College.

Three pointers, bench contributions power Aztecs past Presbyterian on opening night

November 10, 2017

San Diego State women's basketball opened its 2017-18 season on Friday by handling Presbyterian College, 77-50. SDSU never trailed, and was only tied...

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Junior guard Jeremy Hemsley attacks the basket during SDSU's 81-58 win over San Diego Christian in the 2016-17 season.

Talent won’t be enough for SDSU to rebound this season

November 8, 2017

Shrouded in uncertainty, San Diego State men’s basketball opens its 2017-18 season this Friday against San Diego Christian College. After a 19-14 finish...

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Senior running back Rashaad Penny makes a cut on his way to a touchdown in the third quarter of SDSU's 52-7 win over San Jose State.

Aztecs’ ground and pound punishes San Jose State in 52-7 win

November 4, 2017

What a difference two weeks can make in the wild Mountain West Conference. After a short hiatus, San Diego State football has officially rediscovered...

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[Video] DA Preplay — SDSU at San Jose State University

November 3, 2017

Daily Aztec Sports presents a preview of the SDSU's game at San Jose State University, to be played Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. Tune in for Aztecs...

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DA Preplay -- SDSU at Hawaii

[Video] DA Preplay — SDSU at Hawaii

October 27, 2017

Daily Aztec Sports presents a preview of SDSU’s game at University of Hawaii, to be played Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. Tune in for game...

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SDSU Athletics announced a refund policy for season ticket holders and Aztec Club members on June 18.

Men’s basketball student ticket pickup moving online

October 22, 2017

San Diego State University is changing its men’s basketball student ticket distribution process for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Starting on Oct....

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Freshman running back Ronnie Rivers separates from the defense during Fresno State’s 38-0 win over New Mexico on Oct. 14. SDSU faces Fresno on Oct. 21 at SDCCU Stadium.

Chalk Talk: Q&A with the sports editor of The Fresno State Collegian

October 18, 2017

Ahead of San Diego State football’s matchup with Mountain West rival Fresno State University, The Daily Aztec emailed with Daniel Gilgich, the sports...

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DA Preplay -- SDSU vs Boise State

[Video] DA Preplay — SDSU vs Boise State

October 13, 2017

Daily Aztec Sports presents a preview of SDSU’s game against Boise State, to be played Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tune in for game footage...

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DA Preplay – SDSU at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

[Video] DA Preplay – SDSU at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

October 7, 2017

  Daily Aztec Sports presents a preview of SDSU's game at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to be played Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 7:45 p.m....

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Sophomore cornerback Ron Smith intercepts a pass during the second quarter of SDSU's 20-17 win over Stanford University.

[Video] DA Preplay – Air Force Academy Game

September 23, 2017

Published on Sep 22, 2017 Daily Aztec Sports presents a preview of SDSU's game at the Air Force Academy, to be played Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at...

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[Video] DA Preplay – Stanford Game

September 16, 2017

Published on Sep 16, 2017 Daily Aztec Sports presents a preview of SDSU's game against Stanford University, to be played Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30...

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New tailgating regulations require groups of 25 or more to register three days before the game.

Call to arms: SDSU needs ‘The Show’ to come out in full force for Stanford

September 13, 2017

For a little over 20 years, San Diego State football was virtually nonexistent in the scope of San Diego sports. Playing in old Qualcomm Stadium, the...

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Senior running back Rashaad Penny outruns a slew of UC Davis defenders during SDSU's 38-17 win.

Notebook: true team effort leads to dominating SDSU victory

September 2, 2017

San Diego State football opened its 2017 season with a 38-17 victory over FCS opponent UC Davis. The Aztecs, which were littered with underclassmen...

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SDSU football players prepare for a snap during a 2017 practice.

Football depth chart filled with freshmen

August 28, 2017

San Diego State football released its depth chart for the 2017 season on Thursday, Aug. 24. The chart, which details the projected starter and backup...

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SDSU football players huddle during practice on Aug. 10, 2017.

Football recovering from chickenpox scare

August 24, 2017

13 days after it first reported the outbreak, San Diego State football is recovering from its fall camp chickenpox scare. Despite The Daily Aztec's...

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A member of The Show, SDSU's famed student section, cheers during a basketball game in the 2016-17 season.

New student’s guide to SDSU athletics

August 23, 2017

Starting school at San Diego State is already a daunting experience. Finding classrooms, jobs and the motivation to go to class is hard enough, much less...

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SDSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Ron Smith participating in a drill during fall practice.

Smith will need to step up for SDSU football

August 16, 2017

Then redshirt freshman cornerback Ron Smith stepped in front of the pass from University of Houston senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr., mid-sprint, intercepting...

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SDSU senior running back Rashaad Penny runs a route during the team's practice at Miramar MCAS.

The future may be now for SDSU football

August 16, 2017

The constant turnaround is what makes college sports exciting. Aside from the rare outlier, maybe players compete at this level for a maximum of four years...

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Aztec football players high-five children at their military appreciation event at MCAS Miramar.

Source: preseason pox outbreak larger than reported

August 14, 2017

The number of football players who have contracted chickenpox might be significantly higher than previously reported, according to a source close to the...

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SDSU freshman fullback Adam Eastwood blocks for freshmen running back Kaegun Williams during the team's practice at Miramar MCAS.

SDSU injury report: chickenpox, hamstring issues hamper Aztecs

August 13, 2017

Head coach Rocky Long announced on Saturday that three San Diego State football players were diagnosed with chickenpox earlier in the weekend. Of the...

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Senior cornerback Kameron Kelly presenting a signed football to Major General Mark Wise.

Aztecs honor military at Miramar

August 11, 2017

San Diego State football took its daily fall practice to Marine Corps Station Miramar the morning of Friday, August 11. In a tradition long held by...

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Testing my comfort zone abroad

Testing my comfort zone abroad

April 26, 2017

If someone told me two-and-a-half years ago that I would be spending this semester in Rotterdam, I don’t know if I would have believed them. Despite...

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Senior guard Dakarai Allen puts up a floater in SDSU's 75-40 win over Alabama State.

Aztecs ride hot start to easy 73-41 win over Alabama State

December 13, 2016

San Diego State men's basketball quickly rebounded from its first three-game losing streak in almost five years with a dominant 73-41 win over Alabama...

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Senior guard Dakarai Allen (4) walks away despondently after a play during the Aztecs' 74-63 loss to Arizona State.

Aztecs’ nonconference woes continue with 74-63 loss to Arizona State

December 10, 2016

This young 2016-17 San Diego State men's basketball season has read like the 1966 cult classic film, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. We have seen the...

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Junior running back Rashaad Penny pushes off a Colorado State defender on his way to a first down run.

Aztecs avenge losses, defeat Wyoming 27-24 to take home MW title

December 3, 2016

Champions are made in Laramie, Wyoming. Well, Mountain West champions that is. After falling to the University of Wyoming in devastating fashion...

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Redshirt sophomore forward Zylan Cheatham (14) completes a transition dunk.

Shrigley, Cheatham ignite Aztecs in 100-67 win over Savannah State

November 29, 2016

Before San Diego State men’s basketball began its 2016-17 season, sophomore point guard Jeremy Hemsley said his team’s offense was going to be something...

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Senior running back Donnel Pumphrey (19) is tackled in the backfield by a Colorado State defender.

Rams spoil senior night, hand SDSU a 63-31 loss

November 26, 2016

The rain came down as San Diego State football honored its senior class before the group’s final home game, quite literally raining on the parade of...

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Redshirt sophomore forward Zylan Cheatham attacks the basket against University of San Diego.

Pope returns and leads SDSU to a 77-65 win over Berkeley

November 22, 2016

Finally fielding a whole lineup, San Diego State men’s basketball fought its way to a 77-65 win over UC Berkeley for its first win away from Viejas Arena...

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Junior wide receiver Quest Truxton returns a punt.

SDSU outdueled by Wyoming, 34-33

November 19, 2016

All great things must come to an end. And on Saturday in Laramie, Wyo., No. 24 San Diego State football's 17-game Mountain West conference winning streak...

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Redshirt sophomore forward Zylan Cheatham finishes a dunk in the Aztecs' 46-28 win over San Diego Christian.

SDSU gets back to winning ways with a 81-58 victory over San Diego Christian

November 16, 2016

Nothing has come easy for San Diego State men’s basketball this season.  Even fielding a full lineup is a challenge right now for head coach Steve...

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Aztecs rush for a school-record 474 yards in 46-16 win over Nevada

Aztecs rush for a school-record 474 yards in 46-16 win over Nevada

November 13, 2016

One week after it clinched the Mountain West West division crown, San Diego State football defeated University of Nevada, Reno 46-16, improving its conference...

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Junior guard Trey Kell (3) stares down his defender, USD sophomore guard Olin Carter III.

Shorthanded Aztecs open 2016-17 season with a 69-59 win over USD

November 11, 2016

San Diego State men's basketball began its 2016-17 season with the unveiling of its National Invitational Tournament Semifinalist banner, a stark reminder...

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Sophomore linebacker Ronley Lakalaka (39) and junior safety Kameron Kelly (7) celebrate after Lakalaka's interception.

Aztecs complete first shutout in MW play with 55-0 win over Hawaii

November 5, 2016

Fittingly, in San Diego State football's 55-0 victory over University of Hawaii, its most dominant win of the 2016 season, no one player stole the spotlight. Seven...

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Senior running back Donnel Pumphrey (19) flies by a diving SJSU defender, on his way to a rushing touchdown.

SDSU rushes for 400 yards in 40-13 victory over Utah State

October 28, 2016

In its third consecutive Friday night showing, San Diego State football cruised to a 40-13 victory over Utah State, extending its Mountain West winning...

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San Diego State AD John David Wicker addresses the crowd at his introductory press conference.

John David Wicker named as SDSU’s Athletic Director

October 26, 2016

After what President Elliot Hirshman said was an “intensive national search” over the last six weeks to fill the vacant Athletic Director position,...

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Exploring study abroad options after not meeting language requirements

Exploring study abroad options after not meeting language requirements

October 26, 2016

Many students are set on wanting to study abroad in one certain country, like Spain, that they overlook the language requirement and limit themselves to...

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