First Scrimmage Is Helpful But Also Hurtful

Head Coach Dick Tomey was pleased that the San Jose State Spartans managed to get in approximately 100 plays in their first scrimmage of the Fall 2009 camp, but the final play of the scrimmage put a damper on the day's activities

Head Coach Dick Tomey was pleased that the San Jose State Spartans managed to get in approximately 100 plays in their first scrimmage of the Fall 2009 camp, but the final play of the scrimmage put a damper on the day's activities. "We identified a lot of things that will help us" said Tomey. "The task is now we take all this film and we improve upon it. And we have a lot to improve on." On the final play of the day, freshman quarterback Dasmen Stewart went down with an undisclosed leg injury after being hit eight yards behind the line of scrimmage, which also resulted in his fumbling the ball. To add insult to the injury, another freshman, defensive tackle Judd Meadows, scooped up the ball and ran it back 60 yards for a touchdown. Tomey expressed concern over Stewart's injury, but said it is too early to tell how serious it is. Other than Stewart, Coach Tomey does not believe any other players were seriously hurt. Approximately 10 players, including linebacker Justin Cole, were held out of the scrimmage. Said Coach Tomey, "We didn't play any guys that were at risk." Additionally, neither of the top two quarterbacks, senior Kyle Reed and junior Jordan LaSecla, took hits during the scrimmage. Five other quarterbacks saw action during the two hours the team practiced on the new turf in Spartan Stadium, with each of them having to face the full wrath of the Spartan's defenders.

Kyle Reed led all passers with 9 completions in 10 attempts, for 61 yards, and two touchdowns. Junior college transfer side receiver Marquis Avery caught one of the touchdowns on a 3 yard jump ball over a defender. Senior Kevin Jurovich caught the other on a nine yard pass. Jordan LaSecla completer six of his 11 passes for 57 yards, and led the Spartans on a touchdown drive on their first possession. Freshman Cory Murphy, from Wilcox High School was three for three and 21 yards in the one drive he led late in the scrimmage. The drive was capped off by an 11 yard touchdown on a screen pass from Murphy to sophomore WR Josh Harrison. As a team, the Spartan QBs completed 21 of 31 passes, 152 yards, and 3 TDs. No quarterback threw an interception, which pleased Coach Tomey.

The Spartans rushing attack was led by senior Patrick Perry, seeing his first full contact in over two years. Perry carried the ball four times for 38 yards, including a 21 yard TD. Dominique Hunsucker ran for 26 yards in eight carries. QB Chad Bozzo, ran for 18 yards in his four carries. Sophomore Brandon Rutley, in his limited action ran for 24 yards on 4 carries. Cameron Island scored the only other touchdown on the ground, when he ran it in from 10 yards out.

One area that Tomey was expressed some concern over was the poor showing by the Special Teams, specifically in the area of place-kicking. "We need a long snapper and we need a place kicker. We were awful today. We couldn't make an extra point. But that'll change." The Spartans are having to replace four year starting kicker Jared Strubeck. Two new kickers are vying for the job. Sophomore Tyler Cope, who has excellent during the spring drills, missed all three of his attempts, missing from 32 yards each time, with one kicked straight into the defensive line. Freshman Harrison Waid did not fair much better. He was good on his first attempt of 25 yards, but missed his next two kicks of 36 and 33 yards. Perhaps out of frustration, even punter Phil Zavala had a go at place-kicking, but missed from 33 and 35 yards. "This was the first time they got some heat" said Tomey, "and they're in the stadium. There's a handful of people here, and that changes the whole equation from practice. That changes everything. So, we'll come out with somebody we can believe in."

The coaching staff will spend the evening reviewing the film of the first scrimmage. Tomey is encouraged that the high number of plays to review will help the team to improve. "We just need to come back and refine fundamentals. Because this shows us a lot about some of the young guys, and we wonder if they can play, we wonder if they can't play. They either showed that they could or couldn't. They either showed they needed to be worked with, or they shouldn't. They showed that they got a long way to go or they have a little shorter way to go. I just think this is real encouraging. When you get this many plays, and this is the first day in full gear, I think that's very encouraging."

Statistics:

Passing Att-Compl-Int Yds TD
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Kyle Reed 10-9-0 61 2
Jordan LaSecla 11-6-0 57 0
Cory Murhpy 3-3-0 21 1
Chad Bozzo 2-1-0 7 0
Myles Eden 2-2-0 6 0
Dasman Stewart 1-0-0 0 0
Jason Kafka 2-0-0 0 0

Team 31-21-0 152 3

Rushing
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Patrick Perry 4 carries / 37 yards / 1 TD
Brandon Rutley 4 carries / 24 yards
Dominique Hunsucker 8 carries / 26 yards / 1 fumble
Cory Murphy 4 carries / 21 yards
Chad Bozzo 4 carries / 18 yards
Lamon Muldrow 5 carries / 14 yards / 1 fumble
Cameron Island 4 carries / 11 yards / 1 TD
Jordan Johnson 2 carries / 8 yards
Marcos Garces 3 carries / 5 yards
Kyle Reed 2 carries / 3 yards
Chris Reese 2 carries / 2 yards
Myles Eden 2 carries / 0 yards
Dasman Steward 2 carries / 0 yards / 1 fumble
Kevin Jurovich 1 carry / -1 yard

Receiving
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Kevin Jurovich 4 catches / 30 yards / 1 TD
Josh Harrison 3 catches / 32 yards / 1 TD
Jalal Beauchman 3 catches / 28 yards
Marquis Avery 3 catches / 21 yards
Chris Reese 2 catches / 10 yards
Khalil Paden 2 catches / 17 yards
Chandler Jones 1 catch / 9 yards
Jordan Johnson 1 catch / 8 yards
Ryan Otten 1 catch / 4 yards
Marcos Garces 1 catch / -2 yards



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