College Football Preview: The 2015 San Jose State Spartans
San Jose State Spartans Preview
2014 Record: 3-9
The San Jose State Spartans turn to an experienced offense to provide some punch in 2015.
Overview: There is plenty of scoring potential for the Spartans in 2015 which should make the team more competitive from day one. The issue is finding a way to slow down opposing rushing attacks and turn some potential in to wins.
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Offense: The graduation of Blake Jurich leaves Joe Gray as the most experienced quarterback on the roster. Gray had some stellar moments in 2014 with 2,305 yards with eleven touchdowns and nine picks on 63.6% with 208 rushing yards. Tyler Winston (78-684), Hansell Wilson (39-417) and Tim Crawley (35-430) give the Spartans three of their top four back but of the ten players that caught passes, eight return. The top rushing option is back in Tyler Ervin (158-888) but the ground game wasn’t something SJSU excelled at. The line gets back four of their top five with 59 starts between them.
Defense: Most opponents ran the ball because San Jose State couldn’t stop them and probably will not in 2015 given that the defensive line gets back just two players that logged 37 tackles between them so unless some new faces provide a spark not much will change. At linebacker Christian Tago led the team with 78.5 stops with five TFL with three others combing for 35 tackles so look for recruits to get their feet wet quickly. The secondary lost their two of their three safeties from the #30 pass ‘D’ in 2014 but the guys back recorded five interceptions and defended 25 passes and there are some high ranked recruits coming in so the opposition is not going to be eager to throw.
Special Teams Punter Michael Carrizosa averaged only 37 yards on 43 boots while Austin Lopez went 9-13 on field goals less them 40 yards but struggled to only 3-11 on attempts of 40+ yards. Tyler Ervin and Tim Crawley are back to handle all return duties with some new faces likely in the mix.
Outlook: The Spartans couldn’t find the end zone with any regularity in 2014 but they did have a solid recruiting class that should give the team some depth and playmaking ability in many areas. I can see some improvement in 2015 but the future should be even better.