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Aztec Kicker Gets Finance Education Off on the Right Foot

He didn’t start off his athletic career as a football player, but when the head football coach at Chaparral High School in Temecula, California needed a kicker for the team, he asked a sophomore soccer player to try out.

John Baron II kicks off for the SDSU AztecsThat player, John Baron II, not only made the team, but was added to the varsity squad the same year. Still, he didn’t give up his participation on the soccer team and he earned accolades in both football and soccer throughout high school.

During his senior year of college, he was recruited by Washington State University and the University of Colorado in Boulder, but chose instead to come to San Diego State. “SDSU was the first school to offer me a scholarship and they have a great business program,” said Baron. “I also couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to go to school in beautiful San Diego!”

Once he landed at SDSU, Baron began his pursuit of a finance degree because “I’ve always been good with numbers and there are many things you can do with a finance degree,” he noted. And while Baron is a great kicker for the Aztecs, he is also an exceptional student: he has been recognized by the university as a scholar-athlete meaning that he has a grade point average of 3.2 or above.

But it’s his contributions to Aztec football that have been the highlights to Baron’s college career thus far. He was a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award in 2016 and has been named as a favorite for the 2017 award. And it was a Baron field goal with a little under seven minutes left in John Baron IIthe game that ultimately gave the Aztecs the victory over Wyoming in Laramie during the Mountain West Championship game. The final score was 27 – 24 and the victory earned SDSU a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl where they defeated the heavily favored Houston Cougars.

As the nationally-ranked Aztecs march toward another outstanding season in 2017 (and hopefully, another bowl game victory), Baron undoubtedly continue to shine both on the field and in the classroom.