Inside Slant |
While San Jose State has some questions concerning its defense with just two starters returning, the Spartans could be the surprise team of the WAC this year.
There's more depth than last season, even on defense! The special teams appear solid and the momentum of two wins to close last season and a strong spring could carry over into the fall.
This key is an often overlooked aspect of college football.
"The summer is real vital. It will key to be here this summer. If you're not, you're going to miss out on a lot of good work. In the fall, we'll be able to see who can do what. It will all depend on the summer," senior CB Trae Jackson said.
Junior tailback Yonus Davis was a second-team All-WAC selection last season and could be one of the conference's best this autumn, and a veteran offensive line will only aid him.
The quarterback position, with two and maybe even three players battling, won't be decided until shortly before the season-opener at Washington on Sept. 2, but with a few breaks, San Jose State could finish around .500 this season, both overall and in the conference.
Notes and Quotes |
--Five San Jose players signed free agent deals with NFL teams after the draft, including S Josh Powell, who signed with the Bears.
--San Jose State has seven home games on its 2006 schedule. That marks a first in program history. Included is a visit from Pac-10 member Stanford on Sept. 9.
2007 DRAFT PROSPECTS: none
QUOTE TO NOTE: "There are no jobs set in stone right now. Everyone is still battling. Right now, every day, you have to compete. The defense is further along than we were last year. We have a lot of people who didn't play much last year, so everybody is fighting for a job. We're coming along pretty well and jelling." -- San Jose State CB Trae Jackson on the conclusion of spring practice.
Strategy and Personnel |
--QB Sean Flynn, a juco transfer, made the quarterback race a dead heat with an impressive spring. Returning starter Adam Tafralis, a junior, and Flynn will enter the fall even.
--TB/KR Yonus Davis returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the spring game and should see plenty of more action than the three kicks he returned last season. He also is potentially the conference's best tailback.
--TB Jacob French, a walk-on freshman, rushed for a team-best 27 yards in the spring game and caught a 10-yard pass. Tomey said he was officially in the mix at running back.
ROSTER REPORT: Senior Trae Jackson made the switch this spring from linebacker to cornerback and is expected to challenge for a starting position. He had 10 tackles last season.