After the first couple of spring practice earlier this year, Nick Bawden was third in San Diego State’s quarterback pecking order. Exiting spring, he was at least fourth.
Now, as the Aztecs are about to embark on the start of summer camp, Bawden is off the quarterback depth chart completely.
Head coach Rocky Long confirmed to the San Diego Union-Tribune that, following the conclusion of spring practice, he gave Bawden a choice: switch positions or transfer somewhere else if he wanted to continue playing quarterback. The 6-3, 220-pound Bawden decided to take one for his current team and agreed to move to fullback/H-back moving forward.
While Long’s not really certain about the fullback part of the equation, he praised Bawden for his selflessness in making the move.
“There are very few of those guys left,” Long told the Union-Tribune. “You appreciate those guys. I don’t know if he can play fullback. He’s a good athlete; he weighs 230 (officially, 220) pounds. Just the attitude … ‘I want to be on this team. Tell me where I can play and I’ll do the best I can.’ That’s great stuff.”
As a true freshman last season, Bawden started two games in place of the injured Quinn Kaehler. In those two games — one win, one loss — he completed 13 of 37 passes for 147 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran the ball 11 times for 43 yards.