2009 San Jose State Preview - Offense
San Jose State WR Kevin Jurovich
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What you need to know:
After a rough year with no consistency and
absolutely no running game whatsoever, the offense could make a
night-and-day leap in production. Brought on to spice things up
is offensive coordinator Terry Malley, an Arena League coach
whose offenses set several records. Now there will be more deep
passing, more power running, and more production with a veteran
team that gets most of the parts back. It all starts up front
where the line that was so woeful and banged up throughout last
season is now full of experience and potential. Everything else
should fall into place with an improved front wall with QB Kyle
Reed the likely main triggerman with the arm to start pushing
the ball down the field to a receiving corps that could be the
best in the WAC. Kevin Jurovich is an all-star who missed most
of last year with mono, and now he'll be the No. 1 target while
Jalal Beauchman and Marquis Avery are elite athletes who should
break out. The running game gets back Patrick Perry, who missed
two years with a knee injury, and JUCO transfer Lamon Muldrow
for the power, while part-receiver, part-running back Brandon
Rutley will provide the quickness.
Star of the offense:
Senior WR Kevin Jurovich
Passing: Kyle Reed
162-253, 1,563 yds, 9 TD, 6 INT
Rushing: Brandon Rutley
79 carries, 356 yards, 3 TD
Receiving: Terrance Williams
22 catches, 288 yards, 2 TD
Player who has to step up and become a star: Sophomore OT
Unsung star on the rise: Junior WR Jalal Beauchman
Best pro prospect: Beauchman
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Jurovich, 2)
QB Kyle Reed, 3) Beauchman
Strength of the offense: Wide receiver, Experience
Weakness of the offense:
Running game, Proven
Kyle Reed wasn't always healthy, but he was still the
team's best quarterback completing 64% of his passes for 1,563
yards and nine touchdowns with six interceptions. He had
problems with a broken foot suffered in spring ball before the
season began, and missed all of 2007 hurt, but now he's healthy
and he should be the leader of the attack. At 6-3 and 215
pounds, the senior is big, has a strong arm, and is mobile,
leading the team with four rushing scores. Three of them came in
the win over San Diego State, while three of his passing
touchdowns came against Utah State. He has to be healthy and he
has to be consistent.
Projected Top Reserves: Junior Jordan La
Secla is back in the mix after serving as an emergency
backup. He completed just two of three passes for 13 yards with
an interception in the opener against UC Davis. A good passer
with 6-3, 198-pound size with good upside, but he's likely going
to have to do something amazing to beat out Reed.
Senior Myles Eden stepped in at times and
wasn't bad, completing 62% of his passes for 452 yards with two
touchdowns, both coming against Idaho, but he threw five
interceptions with two coming in the loss to Louisiana Tech. The
6-1, 205-pounder has the best rushing skills, even though he
didn't net a yard and came up with one score, and he's a decent
passer. However, he doesn't have a live arm.
Watch Out For ... Reed to take the job and not give
it up. He's the most talented of all the options, and while
he'll make his share of mistakes, his upside is too great to not
have him on the field.
Strength: Options. There's the old adage that if
you have two starting quarterbacks you don't have any, but the
Spartans have four players, including the oft-injured
Chad Bozzo, who can step in and start.
Weakness: Consistency. The passing game never
found a groove with quarterback injuries and poor play both
being the problem. The Spartan air attack was never efficient
with 13 interceptions and 12 touchdowns.
Outlook: There are four capable quarterback
options to play around with, but with all the experience and
with all the upside, one needs to stand out from the pack.
That'll likely be Reed, but Le Secla will get his chances as the
No. 2 option. Eden could see emergency time to try to provide a
The running game that was
non-existent throughout last year gets a huge piece of the
puzzle back as Patrick Perry, who missed the
last two years with a knee injury, returns. the 5-10, 205-pound
senior led the team with seven rushing scores in 2006 and was
second in yards rushing for 444. He's a very strong, quick back
who is great between the tackles with a little bit of dash to
the outside. Now he needs his knee to stay healthy.
Projected Top Reserves:
Star JUCO transfer Lamon Muldrow
is expected to challenge for the starting job right
away. The 5-9, 210-pound junior ran for 2,915 yards and 44
touchdowns in his time at Sierra College. He's a workhorse with
good toughness and a nose for the goal line, and he was brought
in to provide an instant jolt to the woeful running game.
Perry's knee problems. 5-9, 205-pound senior Chris Reese
has to be at the ready. A top special teamer, he got a
little work in his five games of action rushing for 92 yards.
The former linebacker is quick, tough, and willing to do
whatever is needed.
Watch Out For ... Muldrow. Perry has worked his tail
off to make a big return for this season, but Muldrow might be
the best option in the bunch. He's the type of
revolve-the-game-around-him back the program hasn't had in a
Strength: Instant punch. After doing nothing last
year, now the running game gets two ready-made veterans who
should do wonders. Perry and Muldrow should form a fantastic
tandem. However, Brandon Rutland, who's being
moved to a combination receiver/running back, will see plenty of
time when a quicker back is needed.
Weakness: Production. It's been two years since
the Spartan running game did anything. It averaged just 2.6
yards per carry with 1,005 yards an nine scores two years ago,
and despite a commitment to do more, the attack ran for 1,040
yards with 11 scores, averaging 2.7 yards per carry.
Quarterbacks accounted for five of the rushing touchdowns.
Outlook: The nation's 112th ranked running game in
2007 was 115th last year, but that should quickly change thanks
to the expected reemergence of Perry and the addition of
Muldrow. If nothing else, the offense has backs it can rely on
to carry the offense at times. The ground game couldn't do that
Back after missing almost all
of last year with mono, former safety Kevin
Jurovich made his presence felt in two games catching 15
passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. He was the breakout star
of 2007 catching 85 passes for 1,183 yards and nine scores,
highlighted by an amazing late run with back-to-back games of 10
catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns against New Mexico
State and 11 catches for 156 yards against Louisiana Tech. While
the 6-0, 183-pound senior still working on getting back to
normal, he's a great target who should instantly boost the
Junior Jalal Beauchman is a 6-4, 220-pound deep
threat who made 13 catches for 133 yards before having problems
with an ankle injury. A matchup nightmare, he was a star high
school high jumper making him play even bigger than his
impressive size. He's still working on becoming a more complete
receiver and a stronger route runner, but he has all the tools
to be special.
Working in an H-Back role, which in this offense is an inside
receiver, will be Michael Avila, a scooter of a
5-9, 165-pound sophomore who caught 18 passes for 152 yards, and
ran four times for five yards. One of the stars in practices
over the last few years, he's a great route runner with
gamebreaking potential. He hasn't popped any big plays yet, but
he has the quickness and talent to break one at any time. He's
also a key punt and kick returner.
6-5, 240-pound senior Terrance Williams turned
into one of the team's most dangerous targets last year catching
22 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 13.1 yards
per grab. The former wide receiver and Miami native took a long
road to get to SJSU, starting off at Eastern Illinois before
going to City College of San Francisco. Now he'll be one of the
WAC's best tight ends, even if he doesn't hit anyone.
Projected Top Reserves:
Former JUCO transfer
Marquis Avery is a former basketball player
who's still learning the ropes. He didn't see any time last
year, but the junior is an elite athlete who could be
unstoppable on jump balls into the end zone. He's 6-4,
205-pounds, and can jump out of the stadium. While h still needs
polish, he has a little experience catching 60 passes for 766
yards and seven touchdowns for Fullerton College.
Out this offseason hurt after a great first year is Brandon Rutley, a top recruit who
showed off the speed and and quickness to be an immediate factor
rushing for 356 yards and three touchdowns while showing off
elite skills as a kick returner. While he's a good runner, he'll
be used in the H-Back role as both a receiver and a running
back. He has the quickness to do a variety of things, but he
lacks the power the offense is looking for.
Somewhere in the mix will be 5-11, 170-pound sophomore Josh Harrison,
one of the team's fastest players. The former California high
school track star was a tremendous sprinter and long jumper, and
now he'll try to bring his athleticism and upside to the outside
to become a deep threat in a rotation at the H.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Otten is expected to
become a major factor at tight end in a hurry. The 6-5,
235-pounder is polished, has nice hands, and is a good
route-runner considering his lack of experience. He'll play more
like a big wide receiver than a true tight end.
Watch Out For ... more
deep plays. They were supposed to come last year, but the loss
of Jurovich and the failure for the new talents to come through
kept that from happening. Offensive coordinator Terry Malley
will push the ball down the field on a regular basis.
Strength: Talent. As long as everyone's healthy,
this should be the WAC's most dangerous receiving corps.
However, that's a big if. Jurovich is an All-WAC star, Avery and
Beauchman are big, special receivers, and the tight ends can
catch. Throw in Rutley, Avila, Harrison, and Jordan
Johnson into the mix, and the corps is loaded.
Weakness: Coming together. It didn't quite happen
in spring ball, even though things were far more promising than
last year. It still might take a little while for everyone to
reach their full potential, but the upside is there.
Outlook: A major strength in 2006, the receivers
struggled to break out last year thanks to injuries and
inconsistent quarterback play. This year's group has the
potential to be dominant with superior athletes and plenty of
great prospects to work around Jurovich.
Senior Ronnie Castillo
is the team's most experienced lineman with 21 starts,
including three last year after getting hurt. The former guard isn't all
that tall at 6-0 and 292 pounds, but he's a sound veteran and a decent
all-around blocker when healthy. He's versatile enough to play anywhere
on the line, and with a battle going on for the job in the middle, he
6-2, 320-pound junior Ailao Eliapo started every game
last year at right guard after starting out his career as a defensive
tackle. Very athletic, he even saw time as a blocking running back in
2007. Now he needs to use his experience and his size to be a more
physical presence, and to find one thing he can do well on a regular
A huge addition to the line is sophomore Fred Koloto,
the starting left tackle before having problems with a back injury. He
was back this spring and appeared to be normal again. The 6-3,
290-pounder is part guard and part tackle with good athleticism and
excellent upside as a pass protector. He could be the key to the line as
the season goes on.
Also returning to the left side is junior Isaac Leatiota
after getting 19 starts out of him over the last two years. A
serviceable all-around blocker, he hasn't been able to do much for the
ground game even though he's a strong 6-4 and 295 pounds. The Cal
transfer was originally brought in to be a defensive lineman, but now
he's firmly entrenched on the O line.
6-4, 285-pound senior Jon Moreno will have to battle
for the starting job, but he's a good athlete with enough experience to
be fine at right tackle. He saw time in every game last season and has
seen a little time as a spot starter over the years. He originally went
the JUCO route, but he didn't play at Cerritos College. Now he'll once
again be a key part of the rotation.
Projected Top Reserves: While Koloto appears to be
the man again at left tackle, 6-4, 290-pound junior John Konye
is a veteran who filled in last year starting the final 11
games. Extremely athletic, he should've been better as a pass protector.
Now he'll be part of a rotation and will be used in jumbo formations
lining up as a tight end in three tackle sets. He'll also see time at
6-4, 280-pound Andres Vargas is neck-and-neck for the
starting right tackle job. He saw a little time as a freshman, serving
as a backup in five games, and he should grow into a role over the next
three years. He was a California state championship-level wrestler and
he should be a mauler once he gets more playing time.
Watch Out For ... Koloto. He was on his way to being
the team's top blocker before having problems with his back. If he can
stay healthy, he should be the key player the line can build around.
Strength: Experience. The health problems of last
year allowed several players to see playing time. Now the line is loaded
with veterans and strong backups who can step in at any time. From
massive guard Steve Lightsy, to center Robbie
Reed, to Konye, there are several options to play around with.
Weakness: Proven production. While the line
appears to be far better, it's not hard to do considering how bad this
group was last year. There wasn't any pass protection, allowing 31
sacks, and there was next to no push for the ground game.
Outlook: The line has struggled for the last two
seasons, but it should all come together this season with several banged
up players back and ready to go, and experienced veterans waiting in the
wings in case injuries strike again. This is a big group that won't be
asked to do anything fancy. Power away for the running game, be better
in pass protection ... that's it.