Eleven former players are in the NFL
SAN DIEGO – Three weeks into the NFL regular season, former Aztecs are continuing to make their marks in the league.
San Diego State has 11 former players on rosters throughout the league, with three on practice squads and three on injured reserve.
Arizona Cardinals starting long snapper Aaron Brewer snapped the ball for kicker Phil Dawson four times for field goal attempts and six times for punter Andy Lee against the Arizona Cardinals. Brewer was a long snapper for the Aztecs from 2008-11 on both punts and field goals, and was a three-time Mountain West all-academic pick and scholar-athlete.
A wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, Brice Butler had his best game of the young season. Against the Arizona Cardinals, he caught a pair of passes for a team-high 90 yards and a touchdown in the 28-17 win. In his lone season with San Diego State in 2012 following a three-year career at USC, Butler played in all 13 games with eight starts, recording 24 catches for 347 yards and four touchdowns. He was a seventh-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee lined up for 18 plays on defense in a 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions. A cornerback in college, Kazee was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Kazee finished his final year with 65 tackles (45 solo), seven interceptions for 156 yards, eight pass breakups, three tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry en route to being named the MW Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season. Kazee, a three-time all-MW selection over his career (first team in 2015-16, second team in 2014), finished with a school-record 17 interceptions, 30 pass breakups (sixth at SDSU) and 214 interception yards (seventh at SDSU).
Making his second straight start in just his third NFL game, Calvin Munson of the New York Giants recorded three tackles (one solo, two assisted) against the Philadelphia Eagles. Munson, who started all 41 games at outside linebacker from 2014-16 for SDSU, finished his collegiate career ranked sixth in tackles (301) and ninth in sacks (18.0). He was a three-time all-Mountain West pick, including a first-team selection each of his final two seasons. Munson signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft.
Munson’s New York Giants teammate, safety Nat Berhe, lined up for 18 snaps on special teams against the Eagles. Berhe was a three-year starter from 2010-13 and was the first Aztec safety in the MW era (since 1999) to earn all-conference honors in three consecutive seasons.
Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Nico Siragusa, Dallas Cowboys defensive back Leon McFadden and Philadelphia Eagles running back Donnel Pumphrey are on their teams’ respective injured lists.
Offensive linemen Daniel Brunskill (Atlanta Falcons), defensive end Alex Barrett (Detroit Lions), and Darrell Greene (Green Bay Packers) are on their teams’ respective practice squads.