By Ray Hamill — Kyle Spalding capped an outstanding season playing left tackle at San Diego State by being named to the Mountain West All-Conference First Team this week.
And on Thursday he announced he would not be coming back for another year with the Aztecs and instead will be considering his NFL options.
“I just made the decision today that I’m not coming back for a sixth year,” said the red-shirt senior left tackle, who had the option of another year of eligibility because of COVID-19. “I decided I wasn’t going to do that at this time.”
Spalding, who played QB in high school and was recruited to San Diego to play tight end before switching to the offensive line, has only been playing tackle for two seasons.
Yet he turned a lot of heads with his play this year.
In addition to the all-conference selection, the former McKinleyville High standout was also honored by Pro Football Focus last month when he was named to their College Team of the Week and recognized as the most impressive left tackle in all of college football one weekend.
Spalding says he will talk to his family about his future and is considering hiring an agent in order to make the jump to the NFL.
With his performances this season, the former Panther is sure to receive interest from some teams.
The Aztecs closed out the year 4-4 and have opted not to play in a bowl game, ending Spalding’s impressive run with the team.
“We had a solid year as a group,” he said. “It was a heartbreaking year in some ways. We were really close in every game this year.
“We didn’t quite have things go our way, but all things considered we did well and competed in every game.”
The 2016 Mack High graduate says he was determined to enjoy this season as much as possible, knowing that it could have been his last, and especially so considering the circumstances surrounding 2020.
“With COVID, every game you never knew if it was your last game,” he said. “Every game was a blessing.”
Spalding was the only Aztecs offensive player named to the all-conference first team, but he played on a dominating line that also included second-team all-conference selection Zachary Thomas.
“I had a great group of teammates around me that helped me out,” he said.