San Jose State wants to continue winning
An early look at San Jose State vs. BYU.
San Jose State will visit BYU for a non-conference game on October 28, 2017
The San Jose State Spartans head back to non-conference play late October where they will be traveling to Provo to take on the BYU Cougars. The last time these two met was in 2015 with BYU edging out San Jose State by a score of 17-16.
The Cougars will be led by second-year head coach Kalani Sitake, who became the first Tongan to become an NCAA coach. Sitake isn’t a stranger to the campus since he has played college football at BYU as a fullback and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2000. He signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001, but was forced to retire due to an injury.
Location: Provo, Utah
Mascot: Cosmo the Cougar
Coach: Kalani Sitake
2016 record: 9-4
Tanner Mangum, Quarterback
Mangum, a highly recommended junior from Eagle, Idaho, entered this season as an unquestioned starter at quarterback. Mangum was pressed into service as a true freshman in 2015 after former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill left the series opener against the Nebraska Cornhuskers with a lisfranc fracture.
Last year, Mangum was Hill’s backup and once again the former Elite 11 MVP was called into action for the bowl game against Wyoming. His one start of the year was not great as he was just 8 of 15 for 96 yards, but a rainy first half played a great deal into his struggles.
Mangum has plenty of talent and it showed in his freshman year where he averaged 259 yards per game, completed 60 percent of his passes and had 23 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions.
That came off the heels of him returning from a two-year LDS mission in June. Mangum was not expected to see much playing time at all in 2015. Now, with a year of starting experience and another year in Ty Detmer’s offense big things are expected of Mangum in 2017.
He also comes from a family of athletes—his brother Parker also played football at BYU, his other brother Madison played as a receiver at Idaho State, and his sister Meredith played soccer at Boise State.
Francis Bernard, Linebacker
Bernard is entering his second year as a linebacker after making the switch from running back. In his first year on defense he was a playmaker and was third on the team with 80 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and had a pair of sacks.
This unit very likely will be the strength of the Cougars defense. Bernard is joined by Fred Warner, a potential NFL Draft pick, and Butch Pau’u. San Jose State will need to have their offensive line in top shape if they are going to protect the quarterback and have a good night running the ball.
BYU will have plenty of talent this year, as mentioned were the Cougars’ linebackers, the offensive line returns multiple starters and the defensive backfield will be athletic and experienced.
On offense the wide receivers are lacking in production from last year and that is a big question mark. There is talent out there with speedster Jonah Trinnaman and the rest of his receivers are inexperienced. One area to look for in the receiving game that San Jose State needs to look out for is the tight end position which is back for BYU. Matt Bushman had a very good spring and is expected to be the starter at that position.
It’s going to be a high-scoring game that will be in favor of the Spartans.
San Jose State 41, BYU 38