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Mack’s Spalding receives national recognition after big performance

Submitted photo – Kyle Spalding during his playing days at McKinleyville.

By Ray Hamill — It has been a sensational start to the college football season for former McKinleyville player Kyle Spalding, who was honored this week by Pro Football Focus after another outstanding performance on Saturday.

Spalding, a senior left tackle for San Diego State, was named to the PFF College Team of the Week and recognized as the most impressive left tackle in all of college football this past weekend.

The 2016 Panthers graduate, who has been playing left tackle for less than two seasons, joins several players from top-ranked programs like Alabama and Clemson named on this week’s team, including much talked about Clemson running back Travis Etienne.

Remarkably, this week he is one of three San Diego State offensive linemen honored, a unit that has paved the way for more than 700 yards rushing through just two games.

San Diego State head coach Brady Hoke told The Daily Aztec that he is really happy about how Spalding has gone to work every day.

Spalding was a quarterback at McKinleyville, but was recruited to play tight end for the Aztecs.

Since then he moved to right tackle before making the switch to left tackle before last season.

The Aztecs, who lead the nation in rushing, have outscored their opening two opponents 72-13, with the offensive line providing the foundation for that success.

The team is listed just outside the AP Top 25.

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