SJSU Spring Game Dominated by Defense 36-22.

Defense! Defense!! Defense!!! Three interceptions and a fumble due to wet conditions is what the defense produced in a 36-22 win over the offense in the annual SJSU Spring Football Game on a rainy day in Spartan Stadium. The weather was cold and rainy as numerous fumbles were made due to the slick pigskin. Passing was crisp even with the wet conditions. ST.com site photographers were on hand too!

San Jose, CA (Spartan Stadium)- Defense! Defense!! Defense!!! Three interceptions and a fumble due to wet conditions is what the defense produced in a 36-22 win over the offense in the annual SJSU Spring Football Game on a rainy day in Spartan Stadium.

The weather was cold and rainy as numerous fumbles were made due to the slick pigskin. Passing was crisp even in the with the slick conditions.

Quarterbacks:

The QB's had good pass defesne, and were given good time to pass the ball to their chosen receivers.

Quarterback, Adam Tafralis, was 6-of-11 for 71 yards with an interception and struck reciever, Hooper, on a 4-yard play in the second half as the offense's scored it's first touchdown.

Tafralis looked solid and made many passes look "easy" as he nailed his targets. It is now up to the new reciever's to yank in the passes the Tafralis lofts their way if we are to see a repeat of last years recieving corps.

Recievers:

The receivers were speedy and quick, and were able to beat out the defensive backs for TD's and also made many long yard gains.

Hooper's second scoring reception was a 20-yard pass from QB, Myles Eden, who completed 5-of-6 passes for 49 yards without zero interceptions.

The offense completed 15-of-34 attempts for 176 yards, yet many balls were dropped due to the wet conditions.

(Note) Former Valley Christian QB, Dante Perez, competed at receiver and was in the action.

Running Backs:

Cameron Island lead the rushing attack with seven carries for 22 yards. Running backs James Callier and Brandon Minor each had three pass receptions in side action.

Offense:

The offense scored five times with pass plays to WR, Michael Hooper. The offense scored on second-half touchdown receptions and three field goals by kicker, Jared Strubeck. Stru was 3-for-3 with kicks bombed at yardages of 43, 44 and 46 yards respectively.

Defense:

The Safeties compiled of David Bowen, Andrew Ryan and linebacker Jason Swisher came up with interceptions, and cornerback, Favian Villalobos, recovered a fumble on a 60-play scrimmage for the defense.

Redshirt freshman, Jason Swisher, who played at LB had a couple of solo tackles and an interception.

Kicking Game:

Returning punter, Waylon Prather, averaged 45 yards per punt on just three attempts. We were very impressed with the kicking game, and this aspect of the team looks to be even better than last year!

Waylon and Strubeck will be an asset to this years squad in more ways than one from our view point.

Special Teams:

Jerad Strubeck made all of his field goal attempts from the 40 yard line and out. Waylon Prather punted one ball 74 yards made many great kicks on the day.

Dominick Hunsucker returned a 50 yard kickoff return, and looked well conditioned. Many tackles were made by Dominique at the safety position.

Missing in action:

Players who did not suit up for the game were Lowery, Castelo, Perry, Jeff Clark, Chris Danser, and Chad Bozzo. We may have missed a few, but you get the picture.

Tomey Factor:

Coach Dick Tomey, emphasized the fundamentals to the team. He was heard chanting such basics as "catch the ball before you run, don't waste the clock, and play a mistake-free series every time.

Today's spring game was a mix of old and new players, and the team is still forming and gelling even after last years New Mexico Bowl game win.

This years team will be interesting to watch, and we feel that this team will be fun to watch.

WAC champs is still something off another year at best, but who knows what this team may do in surprising fashion. The only way to find out is to come to the games and see for yourself!

San Jose State concludes its 2007 spring practice with a 5:00 p.m. session on Sunday, April 15th.

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