San Jose Offensive Preview

San Jose State is a talented team that has some playmakers on the outside. Can the USU corners stay with the Spartan WR?

OFFENSE

WIDE RECEIVER

6-2 191 sophomore Tyler Winston (Scout 3*) has become the #1 option for San Jose QBs. Originally recruited as a safety, Winston was slated to redshirt during the 2013 season but he found his way into the lineup on the offensive side of the ball and parlayed his playing time into earning the Mountain West Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year as he played in 10 games catching 58 passes for 858 yards and 5 TDs. In 2014 Winston has continued his assault on defenses as he has snared a team leading 68 passes for a team leading 633 yards and also a team leading 5 TDs while starting all 10 games this season. Cursed with backing up Winston is 6-1 189 senior Daniel Bradbury (Scout NR). Bradbury has been a career backup for the Spartans, only managing 3 receptions for 23 yards over his entire career. In 2014 Bradbury has seen action in all 10 games and equaled his career output in receptions with 3 for 14 yards. Also seeing some game action behind Winston has been 5-11 193 junior Chris Kearney (Scout NR). Kearney did not see any action as a sophomore in 2013, and his only career playing had been during his redshirt freshman season of 2012 when he appeared in 9 games and made 5 tackles and recovered 1 fumble returning it for a TD as a special teams player. In 2014 Kearney has played in all 10 games and recorded the first offensive stats of his career by catching 3 passes for 29 yards.

5-7 175 sophomore Tim Crawley (Scout NR) has become the #2 guy for San Jose QBs. As a redshirt freshman in 2013 Crawley started 3 games and appeared in 10 while logging 22 receptions for 197 yards and 2 TDs, and also carrying the ball 51 times for 219 yards and 1 TD. In 2014 Crawley has become much more involved offensively as he is second on the team in receptions with 34 for a second on the team 425 yards and 1 TD, while also rushing for 95 yards and 1 TD on 26 carries, while seeing action in all 10 games including 3 starts. Starting RB Tyler Ervin also logs alot of time as the Spartans leading slot receiver. Ervin has shown a penchant for catching the ball over the course of his career as he has snagged 13 passes for 143 yards and 1 TD. In 2014 Ervin has really shown his stuff as he has pulled in a tied for fourth on the team 28 passes for a fifth on the team 298 yards and 1 TD, while starting in 6 of the 10 games that he has played in.

The #3 receiver for the Spartans has become 5-9 175 junior Hansell Wilson (Scout NR). Wilson first saw action back in 2012 as a true freshman and has played sparingly over the first two seasons of his career, catching just 5 passes for 119 yards and 1 TD. Wilson has really started to make his mark in 2014 as he has started all 10 games leading up to the Utah State game and has pulled down a third on the team 33 passes for a third on the team 401 yards and is tied for second on the team with 3 TDs. Listed as a backup to Wilson is one of the most prolific pass catchers in San Jose State history in 6-0 190 senior Jabari Carr (Scout 3*). Carr is leaving his mark on the Spartan record book as prior to 2014 Carr had already amassed 120 receptions for 1,288 yards and 8 TDs in 34 career games. Carr missed the last 1/4 of the 2013 season with an injury that is still hampering him in 2014. However, Carr has attempted to give his senior season his best as he has started in 5 of the 9 games that he has appeared in hauling in a tied for fourth on the team 28 passes for a fourth on the team 349 yards and tied for second on the team with 3 TDs.

TIGHT END

Earning the starting nod at TE is 6-5 226 redshirt freshman Andrew Vollert (Scout NR). Prior to redshirting for San Jose in 2013 after being injured and ruled out for the season on his first career reception, as a high school senior in 2012 Vollert was named the West Catholic Athletic League Most Valuable Wide Receiver, First-team All-NorCal Preps, All-Central Coast Section, and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro honorable mention choice, all while leading his team with 47 receptions for 761 yards and 13 TDs in the regular season. In 2014 Vollert has officially started in 2 of the 9 games that he has appeared in, pulling in 20 receptions for 297 yards. Backing up Vollert is 6-4 238 sophomore Jordan Thiel (Scout 2*). As a redshirt freshman in 2013 Thiel saw action in 9 games primarily as a special teams contributor, he did however manage to catch 1 ball for 17 yards. In 2014 Thiel has appeared in all 10 games thus far but has only managed to catch 1 pass for 5 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINE

(LEFT TACKLE)

Former Aggie recruit and returning starter 6-5 302 junior Wes Schweitzer (Scout 2*) is back for 2014. As a sophomore in 2013 Schweitzer started all 12 games for the Spartans, helping set a school record 493.2 yards of total offense per game. In 2014 Schweitzer has remained rock solid as he has started all 10 games leading up to Friday night's game at Utah State. Backing up Schweitzer is 6-7 294 sophomore Fernando Villanueva (Scout 3*) or 6-4 294 junior David Catalano (Scout 2*). As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Villanueva saw action in 11 games mostly on a special teams unit that was part of a kick-blocking unit that tied for first nationally accumulating seven blocked PATs and field goals attempts. In 2014 Villanueva has been the first guy off the bench when it comes to playing time at LT as he has seen action in 5 of the first 6 games of the season but has not played since. Catalano originally came to San Jose as a DT seeing action in 9 games as a redshirt freshman in 2012 making 9 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Catalano was moved to the offensive line prior to his junior season in 2013 but he missed the entire season with an injury. In 2014 Catalano has had his playing time increase recently as he has appeared in 3 of the last 5 games prior to the Utah State game.

(RIGHT TACKLE)

6-5 290 sophomore Evan Sarver (Scout 2*) is in his first season as a starter for San Jose. As a redshirt freshman in 2013 Sarver saw action in all 12 games primarily as a special teams player. In 2014 Sarver has started all 10 games for the Spartans leading up to the Utah State game Friday night. Also serving as the backup at RT is 6-4 294 junior David Catalano. Catalano originally came to San Jose as a DT seeing action in 9 games as a redshirt freshman in 2012 making 9 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Catalano was moved to the offensive line prior to his junior season in 2013 but he missed the entire season with an injury. In 2014 Catalano has had his playing time increase recently as he has appeared in 3 of the last 5 games prior to the Utah State game.

(LEFT GUARD)

A newcomer to the starting lineup is 6-3 290 redshirt freshman Jeremiah Kolone (Scout 2*). Prior to sitting out the 2013 season as a redshirt, Kolone was a 2012 second-team All-C.I.F. Division I offensive line selection at Fallbrook high school as he played all of the offensive line positions and was a DT during his high school career as well as a three-time All-Avocado East League selection and a two-time first-team All-North County choice. In 2014 Kolone has started in all 8 of the games that he has participated in, however he has missed the 2 games prior to Friday night's game at Utah State. Backing up Kolone is 6-3 305 redshirt freshman A.J. Samataua (Scout 2*). Prior to redshirting in 2013, Samataua was named Capital Valley League Offensive Lineman of the Year and a Sacramento Bee first-team All-Metro selection in 2012 as a high school senior. In 2014 Samataua has seen action in 8 games thus far including 2 starts.

(RIGHT GUARD)

Another newcomer to the San Jose starting lineup is 6-7 289 redshirt freshman Nate Velichko (Scout 2*). Originally recruited as a DT and prior to redshirting for the Spartans in 2013 Velichko was named his team's Most Valuable Player, a first-team All-Central Coast Section choice and the Ocean League Offensive Lineman of the Year as a high school senior in 2012. In 2014 Velichko has started in all 10 games of the season for the Spartans. 6-3 302 redshirt freshman Keoni Taylor (Scout 3*) provides backup to Velichko. Prior to redshirting for the Spartans in 2013, Taylor was named a two-time first-team all-league and first time all-area offensive lineman during his high school career. Seeing action for the first time in 2014 Taylor has played in 8 of 10 games thus far for the Spartans.

(CENTER)

6-5 291 senior David Peterson (Scout 2*) is back for his final season in a San Jose uniform. It took some time for Peterson to finally see some game action but he moved into the starting lineup in the third game of the season during his junior season of 2013 and he never left the starting lineup. As a full time starter in 2014 Peterson has started all 10 games for the Spartans leading up to Friday night's game at Utah State. Backing up Peterson is yet another redshirt freshman in 6-3 272 Chris Gonzalez (Scout 2*). Originally recruited as a DT, prior to redshirting the 2013 season at San Jose, Gonzalez was named the 2012 Santa Fe League Defensive Player of the Year for Salesian High in Los Angeles and a two-time All-C.I.F. selection as a high school senior. In 2014 Gonzalez has seen the field in 7 of the Spartans 10 games thus far.

FULLBACK

6-2 237 sophomore Shane Smith (Scout NR) has claimed the top spot at FB. As a redshirt freshman in 2013 Smith started in 3 games while playing in all 12 carrying the ball 4 times for 4 yards and catching 5 passes for 49 yards and 1 TD. In 2014 Smith has yet to carry the ball but he has again made a minor impact in the passing game pulling in 4 passes for 19 yards and 1 TD while starting in 4 games and playing in all 10. Backing up Smith is 6-1 240 sophomore Chris Dadson (Scout NR). Prior to the 2014 season Dadson had not seen any game action in his career, redshirting in 2012 and simply not seeing any time during the entire 2013 season. Dadson has started in 1 game and appeared in all 10 thus far in 2014, while rushing for 14 yards on 6 carries.

RUNNING BACK

Former Aggie recruit 5-10 178 junior Tyler Ervin (Scout 2*) leads the Spartans out of the backfield. Ervin was poised to have a breakout season as a junior in 2013 but he injured his knee in the opening game of the season and sat out the remainder of the season as a redshirt. Prior to 2014 Ervin had received moderate playing time as a sophomore and freshman totaling 76 carries in 22 games for 314 yards and 2 TDs. Now as the main man in 2014 Ervin has carried the ball a team leading 119 times for another team high 701 yards and yet another team leading 4 TDs while playing in all 10 games including 6 starts. Backing up Ervin is 6-1 221 redshirt freshman Brandon Monroe (Scout 2*). Monroe originally began his 2013 true freshman season as a safety and even saw action in the first two games of the year but an injury forced him out for the remainder of the season and he received a medical redshirt waiver. Prior to coming to San Jose in 2013 Monroe was named a two-time CalHiSports all-state player for Del Oro high school as he rushed for 3,456 yards and 42 TDs in three seasons. In 2014 Monroe has seen action in all 10 games and even received one start while rushing for 148 yards and 1 TD on 36 carries. Monroe has also caught 2 passes for 30 yards.

QUARTERBACK

Although he is being called doubtful for the Utah State game Friday night, according to the depth chart released to the media, 6-2 215 junior Joe Gray (Scout3 *) is still listed as the starter. Prior to becoming the starter Gray sat out the 2013 season as a redshirt. Gray's sophomore season of 2012 is the only time prior to 2014 that Gray had seen any game action participating in 3 games and completing 3 of 4 passes for 23 yards. In 2014 Gray has started the last 7 games for San Jose while competing in all 10, and completing 201 passes in 317 attempts for 2,215 yards, 10 TDs and 9 interceptions, while also rushing for 120 yards and 3 TDs on 56 carries. Should Gray not be able to go Friday night, expect to see 6-4 235 senior Blake Jurich (Scout 2*) under center. Jurich has been a career backup for the Spartans seeing action in 18 total games over his career completing 9 passes in 20 attempts for 92 yards, 2 interceptions and 1 TD, while also carrying the ball 54 times for 208 yards and 3 TDs. Jurich began the 2014 season as the starter in the first three games for San Jose and recorded 52 completions in 81 attempts for 629 yards, 4 interceptions and 5 TDs, and also carried the ball 24 times for 52 yards and 1 TD.

PUNT RETURN

Starting RB, 5-9 178 junior Tyler Ervin is the only listed punt returner for the Spartans. 2014 is Ervin's first go-round at the PR spot and he currently has returned 7 punts for 81 yards for an 11.6 yard per return average with a long return of 40 yards and 1 TD.

KICK RETURN

Starting RB, 5-9 178 junior Tyler Ervin is also the Spartans leading kick returner. Ervin has been returning kicks for the Spartans since his true freshman season of 2011 logging career totals of 50 returns for 1,271 yards for a 25.4 yard per return average and 3 TDs. Ervin is proving to have nearly returned to form in 2014 after missing the 2013 season with an injury as he has returned 20 kicks for 389 yards for an average of 19.9 yards per return. Sharing the kick return duties with Ervin is starting WR 5-7 175 sophomore Tim Crawley. Following redshirting in 2012 Crawley took the place of the injured Ervin during the 2013 season recording 21 returns for 391 yards for an average return of 18.6 yards. With the return of Ervin for the 2014 season, Crawley has not had as many opportunities in the return game but he has improved on his 2013 season by averaging 24.4 yards per return for 220 yards on 9 returns.

Brian Phillips - Football Insider for UstateAggies.com


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