That is, when it comes to using the rebuilding process as an excuse for his team's defeats.
Last week, in the season opener at Washington, San Jose State fell just short in a 35-29 loss. While most non-BCS conference schools coming off a 3-8 season would be thrilled about almost knocking off a Pac-10 program on the road, Tomey was disappointed in the result.
"It's disappointing in terms of we felt we could've won," Tomey said. "I looked at the tape and we left a lot of plays out there, on offense, defense and in the kicking game. At times, the effort was spotty."
"But I was proud we had no turnovers, which is unusual in the first game. And I like that we believed we could win, even when it appeared we couldn't. There's so much to take from this one. At times we had four freshman defensive linemen in there."
"But to me, it was an opportunity missed."
However, another opportunity wait. Stanford visits Spartan Stadium on Saturday, a rare home game against a Pac-10 program. The game is already sold out, with a crowd of more than 31,000 expected.
Last week, Stanford lost to Oregon 48-10 in the season opener for both teams.
"Stanford's going to come in here cranked up for a win and we'll be cranked up, too," Tomey said. "The schools are 15 miles apart; it's going to be a neighborhood squabble. It's going to be a full house and we relish the opportunity."
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The majority of TB Yonus Davis' success against Washington came on option runs, and while Stanford obviously saw that on film, it doesn't matter.
The Spartans need to establish some sort of running attack, for offensive balance and because Davis is perhaps the most elusive runner in the conference and he was more or less wasted last week in a close loss.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: San Jose State had trouble containing Washington multi-threat QB Isaiah Stanback last week.
Stanford's Trent Edwards isn't quite as quick, but he's elusive and a significantly better passer. "I've had pro scouts tell me this kid is this year's Jay Cutler, Tomey said, referring to the Vanderbilt quarterback who became a first-round NFL draft choice. He's not getting the national media attention he should, but he's terrific."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're striving for recognition. I know we're a much better football team than we showed last year, but it's about what we do on Saturdays. I told the team last week, it's not about being close to a Pac-10 team, it's about defeating them." --San Jose State coach Dick Tomey
THIS WEEK'S GAME: Stanford at San Jose State -- How's this for the statistic of the week These teams have met 60 times previously, but only three have been at Spartan Stadium. The teams did not meet last season. Stanford cruised 43-3 in the last meeting on Sept. 4, 2004.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Adam Tafralis -- He completed 28 of 35 pass attempts against Washington for 323 yards and three touchdowns.
The returning starter didn't throw an interception. However, while SJS coach Dick Tomey has committed to starting Tafralis this week against Stanford, it seems Tomey still prefers left-handed junior college transfer Sean Flynn under center.
"No one plays perfect, but no quarterback in the country completed a higher percentage of his passes last week than Adam," Tomey said.
TB Yonus Davis -- Tomey said he's like to establish the running game more against Stanford after the Spartans finished with barely 50 net rushing yards against Washington. Davis was an all-WAC selection last season, but his strength is getting outside and making people miss, and the blocking just wasn't there
for that last week. WR James Jones -- If he can come anywhere close to repeating his nine-catch, 130-yard, three-touchdown effort from a week ago, he'll cause trouble for Stanford.
ROSTER REPORT: San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said during a Monday conference call that if junior-college transfer QB Sean Flynn is healthy enough to play Saturday, he will share snaps with last week's star, Adam Tafralis.However, Tomey did say that Tafralis, who completed 80 percent of his passes against Washington, would start.
"Hopefully Sean's healthy and can play. Sean had the best of it this spring and early in fall camp and we want to see him out there," Tomey said.
--Flynn has been battling a groin injury.
--Tomey reported that his team escaped the Washington game relatively healthy.
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