San Jose State gets absolutely demolished by South Florida in season opener
The amount of fans, students and alumnus didn’t have a positive effect on the home team
What’s in store for San Jose State?
– SAN JOSE – During Monday’s press conference at Simpkins Stadium Center, Spartans head coach Brent Brennan shared his thoughts on various topics about last Saturday’s season opener against the South Florida Bulls as well as this Saturday’s game against the Cal Poly Mustangs.
When asked about the Spartan defense, Brennan said that he was really proud of his defense. They just played a team with a really dynamic quarterback. Brennan also admitted there were some missed tackles that ended up being big plays. In addition, turnovers cost the Spartans the game as they had three and South Florida had none.
The Bulls’ offense had a surplus of big plays while the Spartans’ offense had a lack of big plays.
Brennan said that he felt like his team had a chance to get back in it in the third quarter, but their opponent’s defense stopped them at two three-and-outs and gave them field position at the 50.
When asked about the Spartan offense, Brennan thought they looked efficient at times. They had the most success when they moved the ball where they wanted it to be. However, he also thought they struggled to run the ball a bit against a really good defensive front.
Brennan gave credit the Bulls’ defensive back coaches, whose secondary is one of the best he has ever seen. He added: “Their defensive backs were long and strong.”
Despite the rough loss, Brennan isn’t pressing the panic button yet.
“I think for us, any opportunity to play is important. We need to get playing. We need to play more football. We got a young team,” Brennan said. “We got an incredibly challenging schedule over the next five or six weeks. The opportunity to play is absolutely critical to us. For our players, we’re hungry to get back out there.
“They’re excited to play. They’re disappointed about what happened on Saturday night—our lack of efficiency. Hopefully, we can play good football, have fun and make some plays to win a game.”
Josh Love will likely start at quarterback on Saturday, but Brennan has plans to play more than one quarterback.
According to NCAAF Nation, Spartans wide receiver Bailey Gaither had six receptions, 100 yards, two touchdowns and one blocked punt on Saturday.
When asked about Gaither’s big game, Brennan said: “He has a chance to become a really dynamic playmaker for us. He’s a great kid, a hard worker, and he has a combo of speed and quickness.”
San Jose State takes on the Cal Poly Mustangs this Saturday, September 2 at 4:30 p.m. in CEFCU Stadium.