San Jose State puts in hard work in fall camp to get results
Fall camp is underway in San Jose
Friday, July 28 was go time for San Jose State players
San Jose State completed its first day of official practice with more than 100 players looking to make a strong first impression.
Spartans first-year head coach Brent Brennan thought the energy was great and both the coaches and players were into it. Of the 100-plus players on the field, 42 weren’t on last year’s team and 16 are redshirts that didn’t play a down in 2016.
Spartans defensive lineman Bryson Bridges is a player back who has a different look. Many people were unable to recognize since he changed No. 9 and sported a new hair style because San Jose State was waiting for their football apparel to arrive.
Bridges said that the Spartans spent a lot of time doing community service over the summer. He described the first day as very good because they were able to head onto the field and shake off the jitters and kinks. He also said that the defensive line improved with a lot of depth and young guys.
San Jose State changed coaching staffs and with that new Spartans defensive coordinator Derrick Odum installed a 3-4 base alignment for his team to learn this spring. He’s optimistic about the Spartan defense progress at fall camp.
After the second day of fall camp, Odum said that his team was vey far ahead from when they ended spring practice. He also said that the guys worked really hard this summer to get themselves ready and it was starting to show. He added that he was pleased where his team was at, but they still have a long way to go as they still have a lot of install left, but at this point it’s pretty good.
On the opposite side of the ball, Justin Holmes is one of the veterans returning in a wide receiver contingent that gained valuable playing experience a year ago. Holmes, Tre Hartley, Rahshead Johnson, Thai Cottrell, and Bailey Gaither all had their moments. With the shift to a spread offense, San Jose State hopes those moments increase in frequency.
Holmes said that his team had a lot of new guys and made progress in getting accustomed with the offense. He believes that he’s a much-improved player from his first day as a Spartan in 2014. Holmes also thinks that his team has great receivers, and will now be able to utilize them, having four receivers on the field.
San Jose State concluded their fall practice with a practice session at the CEFCU Stadium. The practice was open to the general public. Brennan fired up his team with a loud, motivational pep talk: “Alright, hey, listen up! Today, we get to find out who the tough guys are! So when we’re done with today, let’s make your name is on the list. Get a break, let’s go!”
Spartan legend Chandler Jones joined the staff as a defensive graduate assistant on July 28.