San Jose State
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It's easy to look at the 5-7 2007 season as a disappointment
after a breakthrough 2006, complete with a New Mexico Bowl win
over New Mexico, but for a program that has known little but
misery and indifference for so long, it wasn't all that bad a
For the first time in a long, long, time, there are expectations
for a team that has the talent to not just play with the best
teams in the WAC, but could actually win the whole thing with
the right breaks and for some key areas to come through big.
There are several big questions, but the answers might be all
Head coach: Dick Tomey
4th year: 17-19
28th year overall: 175-129-7
Off. 19, Def. 23, ST 1
Lettermen Lost: 20
Best Spartan Players
1. CB/PR Coye Francies, Sr.
2. CB Christopher Owens, Sr.
3. DE Jeff Schweiger, Sr.
4. WR Kevin Jurovich, Sr.
5. DT/DE Jarron Gilbert, Sr.
6. DE Carl Ihenacho, Jr.
7. WR David Richmond, Sr.
8. C Ronnie Castillo, Jr.
9. QB Myles Eden, Jr.
10. OT Fred Koloto, Soph.
2008 Record: 0-0
Sept. 6 at Nebraska
Sept. 13 San Diego State
Sept. 20 at Stanford
Sept. 27 at Hawaii
Oct. 4 OPEN DATE
Oct. 11 Utah State
Oct. 18 at New Mexico State
Oct. 24 Boise State
Nov. 1 at Idaho
Nov. 8 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 15 at Nevada
Nov. 21 Fresno State
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE
Sept. 1 at
Arizona St L 45-3
Sept. 8 at
Kansas St L 34-14
Sept. 15 at
Stanford L 37-0
at Utah State
Hawaii L 42-35 OT
Fresno State L 30-0
Boise State L 42-7
N Mexico St
at La Tech
The running game was
non-existent last year with injuries and inconsistencies on the line a
big problem. There's size up front, but can the front five generate a
push? It has been great in pass protection, but generated just 84
rushing yards per game. With plenty of beef up front and with good
experience, the ground game could suddenly become a plus.
Adam Tafralis was an underappreciated passer and a good leader, and now
the Spartans have to find a suitable replacement among four prospect.
Cal transfer Kyle Reed was supposed to be the guy, but he hasn't been
able to get over a broken foot. Meanwhile, Myles Eden has been solid in
practices and brings more mobility to the position. Again, a potential
problem could turn out to be a plus.
From losing star corner Dwight Lowery and replacing him with Oregon
State transfer Coye Francies, to getting more of a pass rush with the
addition of USC transfer Jeff Schweiger, to the emergence of a receiving
corps that could be the best in the WAC by the end of the year, there
are plenty of bright spots to build around. In other words, the
expectations from the beginning of last year should be back.
Getting Fresno State, Boise State, and this year, Louisiana Tech at home
is a major plus, head coach Dick Tomey has done a good enough job of
recruiting to upgrade the talent level, and there's optimism for a
second bowl trip in three years. The program is on the map, and now it
wants to do more.
What to watch for on offense: The wide receivers. The running
game should be better, it can't be any worse, but the real excitement is
over a receiving corps that might be the best in the WAC, even if the
stats don't show it in a league with teams like New Mexico State and
Hawaii. Kevin Jurovich is a legitimate No. 1 to build around, David
Richmond and Jalal Beachman are talents, and Josh Harrison is a
speedster who'll find a role.
What to watch for on defense: The new guys. Senior DE Jeff
Schweiger was a good recruit for USC and might be the highest decorated
prep player San Jose State has ever had. Senior CB Coye Francies isn't
just a replacement for All-WAC star Dwight Lowery, he'll be an upgrade.
These two jack up the talent level on an already solid defense.
The team will be far better if … it can cover a punt.
Redshirt freshman Shaheen Pourfallah had an up-and-down off-season and
will be challenged by JUCO transfer Philip Zavala. Their job will be to
improve the nation's worst punting game that netted just 30.33 yards per
try. Former punter Waylon Prather wasn't bad, but the coverage team was
awful allowing 19 yards per return even though Prather put 24 kicks
inside the 20.
The Schedule: Alright Spartans, if you want to be real, live WAC players, this is your
schedule with Boise State and Fresno State at home. Road trips to Hawaii
and Nevada will be tough and there needs to be at least a split of the
two, and there can't be home mistakes against Utah State or Louisiana
Tech. The non-conference schedule is manageable outside of a trip to
Nebraska, but, for good and bad, Stanford and San Diego State will be
mentally penciling in the SJSU game as a win. The big problem is the
lack of time off. There's a not-that-helpful off-week in the first week
of October after the Hawaii trip, and then there's not another open
date; the regular season ends with Fresno State on November 21st.
Best Offensive Player:
Senior WR Kevin Jurovich. Not considered to be much of a prospect,
Jurovich turned out to make a potential problem area, the receiving
corps, a plus by catching 85 passes for 1,183 yards and nine touchdowns.
While not necessarily a home-run hitter, he showed he could stretch the
field as well as be the team's most reliable target. He'll draw
attention away from the other receivers all year long.
Best Defensive Player:
Senior CB Coye Francies. Running mate Christopher Owens led the team
in interceptions and is one of the WAC's best ball-hawking corners, but
Francies has the potential to be special. A tremendous punt returner who
should keep the nation's ninth-best punt return game going, he's a big
(6-1, 185-pounds) speedster who'll be a difference maker right away. If
there's more of a pass rush, he should erase everyone's number one
Key player to a
Junior LB Justin Cole.
The entire linebacking corps needs to step up and shine with the loss of
Matt Castelo and Demetrius Jones leaving gaping holes. Cole, a defensive
end, has the size and toughness to be a brick wall of a linebacker.
Travis Jones and safety Duke Ihenacho have to become consistent
playmakers at the other two linebacker spots.
The season will be a
... the Spartans win the WAC title. Go ahead and set the bar way too
high. This isn't the best team in the WAC, that's probably either Fresno
State or Boise State, but the overall talent level is there and the
experience is in place to go on a special run and win the conference
title. The schedule works out as well as could be asked for to make this
the year where it all has to come together.
Nov. 15 at Nevada. It's not like the Spartans have a Death Valley-like
home field advantage, but getting Boise State and Fresno State at home
is a mega-plus. Winning both games might be too tough, but a split is
more than possible. If they can come out of Reno with a win over the
Wolf Pack, the table might be set for the Fresno State showdown the week
2007 Fun Stats:
Opponents 17 (lost 7) – San Jose State 13 (lost 3)
- Penalties: Opponents 95 for 793 yards – San Jose State 77 for 550
- Fourth quarter scoring: Opponents 107 – San Jose State 65