San Diego State’s defensive line was hit with the injury bug over the summer and their bad luck continued in their opening week loss to cal Poly.
The Aztecs, who concluded fall camp already thin across the defensive front, had no fewer than four more defensive linemen sustain at least some sort of injury in Saturday’s season-opening 29-27 loss to Cal Poly.
Junior Tony DeMartinis, who started at defensive end Saturday, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior and medial collateral ligament in his knee. DeMartinis is the second defensive lineman to be lost for the year. Sophomore tackle Neil Spencer (shoulder) is also out for the season after playing in every game last year.
DeMartinis got the start at defensive end when junior Jonathan Soto was moved to tackle because of a lingering knee injury to senior Siaosi Fifita. Though coach Chuck Long is hopeful Fifita can resume practicing tomorrow as the Aztecs begin preparations for Notre Dame, there are others who required medical attention in the wake of Saturday’s loss.
San Diego State gave up 483 yards to Division 1AA Cal Poly – a middle of the road D1AA school – on Saturday and will come into Notre Dame Stadium with even less depth along the defensive line. There is no reason whatsoever that the Irish offense should struggle in this one. This will be the worst defense a Notre Dame offense has faced during the Charlie Weis Era.