Jan. 12, 2007
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State defensive end Antwan Applewhite (Torrance, Calif.) announced Friday that he will forgo his senior season and make himself available for this year's NFL Draft, ending his career as an Aztec.
"We appreciate Antwan's hard work on the football field this past year," SDSU head coach Chuck Long said. "We wish him the best of luck in the future."
Applewhite spent four years on The Mesa, including his first in 2003 as a redshirt, when he garnered scout team defensive player-of-the-year accolades. He appeared in 10 games in 2004, highlighted by a 75-yard interception return at Michigan and a 36-yard fumble return for a touchdown against UNLV.
A year later, he played and started all 12 contests, leading the team in sacks (5.5), to go along with 8.5 tackles for loss and three recovered fumbles, a figure that ranks sixth in program single-season history.
In 2006, the Narbonne High School graduate became the first Aztec defensive lineman to garner first team all-league honors since Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila in 1999. Applewhite finished with a league-leading seven sacks for a loss of 52 yards and had at least one sack in each of his final six games. He posted a team-best nine tackles for loss and logged 53 stops overall in his second full season as a starter.
Applewhite ends his SDSU career tied for eighth in school history with 17.0 career sacks. He also had 126 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and four recovered fumbles.
Antwan Applewhite ends his Aztec career with 17.0 sacks, ranking eighth in school history.