Colorado Springs, Colorado - San Diego State football’s John Baron II has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. It is the second career weekly league honor for Baron (also Oct. 20, 2016).
Baron helped the Aztecs (2-1) down No. 23/25 Arizona State on Saturday, making both of his field goal attempts and both PATs. Baron’s first field goal was a career-long 54-yard kick, which put SDSU up, 17-14, midway through the third quarter and gave San Diego State a lead it would not relinquish. The 54-yard field goal is tied for the second longest in school history and tied for the second longest in FBS this season. He later added a 36-yard field goal to give the Aztecs a 20-14 lead. It was the 13th time of his career that Baron has made multiple field goals in a game.
Baron also kicked off six times for 361 yards (60.2 avg.) with two touchbacks. If you take away the squib kick he booted with seconds remaining in the first half, he would have averaged a perfect 65.0 yards per kickoff.
On the season, Baron is perfect, going 5-for-5 on field goal attempts and 5-for-5 on PATs. One of three kickers with at least two field goals of 52-plus yards, Baron ranks in a tie for first in FBS in field goal percentage (1.000, T-1st in MW) and PAT percentage (1.000, T-1st in MW), a tie for 19th in field goals per game (1.67, 3rd in MW), 42nd in touchback percentage (.625, 3rd in MW) and a tie for 46th in touchbacks (10, 5th in MW).
For his career, Baron has made 38 of 43 field goal attempts. Among the active FBS kickers, Baron ranks first in field goal percentage (.884) and 19th in field goals per game (1.27). At SDSU, Baron ranks first in field goal percentage (.884), fourth in PATs (113), and fifth in field goals (38) and PAT percentage (.983).
The Aztecs, who are receiving votes in both the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll, wrap up a three-game homestand at SDCCU Stadium Saturday night against Eastern Michigan. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's game. The Aztec Ticket Office, located at SDCCU Stadium Window E, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Saturday, the SDCCU Stadium parking lot and Aztec Ticket Office will open at 2:30 p.m.; however, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines on game day.
Student tickets for Aztec football games are now mobile and can be accessed at SDSUStudentTix.com, starting the Monday before each home game at 9 a.m. Current enrolled students receive free admission to each regular-season home game. To access the mobile tickets, students should simply visit SDSUStudentTix.com on their iPhone or Android device, and log in with their preferred email address on file with the Registrar's Office for their tickets to be automatically delivered to their phone prior to each home game. Students are also able to purchase up to two (2) student guest tickets directly from SDSUStudentTix.com.