Nick Bawden to start at QB for San Diego State Aztecs in place of injured Quinn Kaehler


San Diego, CA- San Diego State Aztecs Quarterback true freshman Nick Bawden will make his first career start Friday at Fresno State in place of the injured Quinn Kaehler, as first reported by Ruben Meza of

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This is now the third straight season that the Aztecs have had to start their back-up quarterback because of injuries.

According to Tod Leonard of UT-San Diego, San Diego State Aztecs starting quarterback Quinn Kaehler won’t be able to play on Friday at Fresno State due to a sprain in his throwing shoulder.

The San Diego State Aztecs (2-2, 1-0 MW) ran over UNLV 34-17 Saturday night in their Mountain West Conference opener. Sophomore running back Donnel Pumphrey dominated the Rebels and rushed for a career-high tying 167 yards and all four of the San Diego State Aztecs touchdowns.

Quarterback Quinn Kaehler managed the game well for the Aztecs, as he was 16-27 for 209 yards. Kahler took a big hit during the 2nd half against the Rebels that may have caused the sprain in his throwing shoulder.

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  • "Nick Bawden is more mobile and has a stronger arm than Kaehler, but obviously lacks experience. Bawden was clear winner for backup job. – San Diego State Aztecs Head Coach Rocky Long"

    Nick Bawden was a three-star recruit out of Los Gatos High and was ranked by ESPN as the 34th-best quarterback in the nation.

    Arkansas, Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State, SMU, UCLA, UNLV, Utah, Dartmouth and Harvard had interest in Nick Bawden.

    Bawden (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) won the back-up quarterback job in Fall camp and impressed offensive coordinator Bob Toledo.

    "“He’s very intelligent and he understands the offense,” Toledo said. “He’s not the finished product when the ball is snapped, but on the board and everything, he knows what’s going on, so he’s just got to now relate it from the classroom to the field.                 – San Diego State Aztecs offensive coordinator Bob Toledo"

    Here are some highlights of Nick Bawden from High School: