Kyle Reed is the leader coming out of spring

After an up and down year in 2008, which included missing much of spring practice with an injury, senior quarterback Kyle Reed is battling for the starting spot this year. Coming out of this spring session healthy, he talks about keeping on track for the upcoming season, including the progress he's made under new QB coach Terry Malley.

Three of the four quarterbacks battling for the starting spot on the 2009 San Jose State football team played in the 2008 season opener against UC Davis. It is an interesting observation that they may be coming out of the 2009 spring practice session, which recently concluded, in the exact opposite order in which they played against UCD. Myles Eden started the game and was replaced by Jordan La Secla, who was then relieved by Cal transfer Kyle Reed.

SJSU head coach Dick Tomey said that coming out of the spring that Reed has a slight advantage over La Secla, with Eden following. However, he added that Chad Bozzo was finally healthy enough to see some situational playing time.

In any event, Reed himself made it through this spring session unscathed, unlike in 2008 when he missed most of practice with an injury. "Being out the entire spring last year was hard on me," Reed said after the final 2009 spring practice. "(Being healthy) will show in my game and how I can help our offense. This will be a great opportunity for me to have spring and fall."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Reed said that competition for the top spot is fierce between himself, La Secla, and Eden, and that he is relishing the opportunity. "I love it," he said. "I feel like it makes me better as a quarterback."

Another aspect of the Spartans' offense that Reed is excited with is the addition of Terry Malley to the SJSU coaching staff. The former offensive coordinator for the San Jose SaberCats of he Arena League brings an important aspect of the pro game to the college level. "His experience from the Arena League and 34 years of coaching, he's really brought a lot to the table as far as the mental aspect of the game," Reed said. "He's been a great addition to our offense and what we're trying to do. I really like the guy as a person as well as a coach."

Reed and Kevin Jurovich connected with eight seconds remaining in the game to secure the win over Davis in the opening game of 2008. Reed to Jurovish was showcased early in the situational scrimmage on April 25 when Reed hit Jurovich in stride on a long touchdown pass. "Kevin made a great play so that set the tempo," Reed said of the play.

The offense struggled last season, especially down the stretch. Reed pointed out another connection with his senior wide receiver target that will overcome some of the difficulties faced in 2008. "Our offense took a lot of responsibility for some of the games last year and it was hard on us," he said. "Leadership has surfaced in that area on the offensive side of the ball in terms of our production. We need to help the defense out, as opposed to last year. It has with me and Kevin Jurovich, along with some of the other seniors."

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