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2014 SAN JOSE STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 5, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



San Jose State Spartans (2006 - Pres)

2013 Record: (6-6, 5-3)
2013 Bowl: None
Coach: Ron Caragher (6-6 at San Jose State, 50-28 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Jimmie Dougherty
Defensive Coordinator: Greg Robinson

Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Jarrod Lawson, RB, 788 yards
Passing: Billy Freeman, TE, 60 yards
Receiving: Tyler Winston, WR, 858 yards
Tackles: Christian Tago, LB, 90
Sacks: Eugene Taylor, DE, 4.0; Christian Tago, LB, 4.0
Interceptions: 6 tied with 1

Other Key Returnees: CB Forrest Hightower, K Austin Lopez

Key Losses: QB David Fales, WR Chandler Jones, LB Keith Smith, CB Bene Benwikere, WR Kyle Nunn, OL Nicholas Kaspar, OL Ryan Jones, P Harrison Waid

 San Jose State Spartans (2000 - 2005)

The Spartans will have to find a way to replace QB David Fales who threw for over 8,000 yards in his two seasons at San Jose State and for 4,189 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2013 alone.  Going into the fall, Junior Joe Gray is just ahead of Senior Blake Jurich.  Gray appears to have the same accuracy with the short game as Fales did and still has the ability to throw the long ball.  Jurich is more of a running threat.

 

Whichever QB wins the starting job will have a stud to throw to in WR Tyler Winston.  Winston had a breakout season as a freshman averaging almost seven receptions and 104 yards per game. Jarrod Lawson combined for over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in 2013 and will share duties in the backfield with Thomas Tucker.  WR Jabari Carr will return after an injury prone 2013 season.  The offensive line will return only two starters in LT Wes Schweitzer and C David Peterson.

 

The Spartans defense had a huge letdown following an impressive 2012 season in which San Jose State went 11-2.  Their national ranking went from #24 nationally to #103.  Greg Robinson has been hired as the defensive coordinator after working at Texas last season.  Robinson also worked as the D-coordinator for the Denver Broncos who won two Super Bowls.  The Spartans will go with the 4-3 defense that had so much success in 2012.  That means many of the current players will be able to return to their natural positions including LB Vince Buhagiar and DT Travis Raciti. Buhagiar suffered from several injuries and wasn’t even close to the impact player he was in 2012.  In the 3-4 defense, Raciti was like a fish out of water and never played like he did in 2012. Jimmy Pruitt will return to corner after moving to safety in 2013.

2013 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 137.3 (97th in nation, 11th in conference)
Passing Offense: 355.9 (6, 2)
Total Offense: 493.3 (15, 2)
Scoring Offense: 32.4 (44, 5)
Rushing Defense: 211.7 (102, 6)
Pass Defense: 247.6 (86, 5)
Total Defense: 459.3 (103, 7)
Scoring Defense: 35.1 (103, 8)
Turnover Margin: -0.4 (94, 10)
Sacks:  1.50 (99, 10)
Sacks Allowed: 1.75 (48, 4)


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