San Diego, California - Former Aztec and current member of the Dallas Cowboys Gavin Escobar has been named the Aztec Warrior for San Diego State’s game against San José State on Friday, at 7:30 p.m.
One of the finest tight ends to come out of San Diego State, Escobar started 23 games during his 39-game career with the Aztecs. He grabbed 122 passes for 1,646 and 17 touchdowns en route to All-American and All-Mountain West accolades each of his three seasons on the Mesa. He became just the 26th player in school history to register 100 receptions during a career, and his final totals are topped by only Tim Delaney among San Diego State tight ends.
In his sophomore season, Escobar etched his name into the school record books, as his 51 receptions for 780 yards rank as the second-best season totals by a San Diego State tight end. He followed that up with a junior campaign that saw him named a semi-finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end, and he was on the Lombardi Award Watch List, presented to the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston.
Escobar has played in 52 of the Cowboys’ last 54 games with six starts since being drafted by the team 47th overall in 2012. He has averaged 11.7 yards per catch during his career, scoring seven touchdowns.
Off to its best start since 1977, San Diego State (5-1, 2-0 MW) welcomes San José State (2-5, 1-2 MW) to Qualcomm Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. PT Friday game.
Friday tickets are still available and can be purchased through GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting Qualcomm Stadium's Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT. The 2016 Hall of Fame class will be inducted at halftime, while a beer festival will take place from 5-7 p.m. PT in Aztec Village (parking lot C1/D1).