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San Jose State Spartans 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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San Jose State Spartans 2016 Preview

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An experienced San Jose State Spartans squad looks make a run at another Bowl in 2016.

Overview: Ron Caragher and the Spartans went 6-7 a season ago including a Bowl win so with plenty of experience back and some solid recruiting, another postseason appearance is on the horizon.

San Jose State Spartans 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: The Spartans will lean heavily on dual threat quarterback Kenny Potter who threw for nearly 2,000 yards on over 67% while running for 629 yards at almost 7.5 yards per touch. With SJSU losing Tyler Ervin and his 1,600 rushing yards to graduation, Potter is the top runner back with Thomas Tucker and Malik Roberson (among others) competing for the majority of the touches. TE Billy Freeman, and wide receivers Tim Cawley, Justin Holmes and Tyler Winston give Potter some familiar targets in the passing attack while the Spartans return four starters on the offensive line.

Defense: San Jose State brings in DC Ron English whose first order of business is to improve this unit against the run. The defensive line returns four of the top five but eight players are back that saw the field. The linebacking unit gets back their top five with Christian Tago bringing back a team high 96.5 tackles including nine TFL. Joining Tago is Frank Ginda who recorded 61 tackles and 4.5 TFL as a freshmen so the Spartans have some quality and some depth in this unit. Safety Maurice McKnight leads the secondary and brings back 87 stops and five TFL while Andre Chachere joins Dakari Monroe at corner with several high rated recruits likely to make an impact.

Special Teams: Michael Carrizosa averaged a laughable (in a good way) 47.5 yards per punt while Bryce Crawford will take over placekicking duties for the Spartans. San Jose State needs to find returners with Ervin gone.

Outlook: It’s logical to assume San Jose State will be better in 2016 but they have to develop some ability to stop the run and offensively, an effective rushing attack will be key to another Bowl invite.

Schedule:

9/3                 @ Tulsa

9/10               Portland State

9/17               Utah

9/24               @ Iowa State

10/1               @ New Mexico

10/8               Hawaii

10/15             Nevada

10/22             @ San Diego State

10/29             UNLV

11/5               @ Boise State

11/19             Air Force

11/26             @ Fresno State

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