Brent Brennan loses to his former team
How many more losses can San Jose State take?
San Jose State uses bye week to get ready for BYU
SAN JOSE — Spartans head coach Brent Brennan had a lot to say after his team’s 37-26 loss to the Rainbow Warriors last Saturday.
As you may already know, Brennan got his start in coaching at Woodside High School in Woodside, California, as an assistant. He later worked as a graduate assistant for the Rainbow Warriors in 1998. He also worked as a graduate assistant for the Washington Huskies and Arizona Wildcats.
Here are the questions I asked Brennan in his weekly press conference at Simpkins Stadium Center Monday afternoon.
1. The Spartan defense was solid in the third quarter, but then faltered. What went wrong?
Well, I think we’re a little thin in some spots and sometimes you’re playing guys who don’t have the same experience or the same command so you’re trying to put them in a situation where they could be successful. A couple of those plays they got away from us…changed the momentum. So I think that was kind of a challenge that we were facing there. I thought we had good production from our linebackers and our defense brought on the battle.
2. If there was no penalty after Rahshead Johnson’s touchdown on the kick-off return, would you have thought about going for two points instead of one?
We were absolutely going for two. We got the call, we were ready to go, and obviously, a penalty happened so then we weren’t going to go for two from the 18. So then we said “Okay, let’s do this. We got Bryce (Crawford).”
3. Did the Rainbow Warriors look to do something different to neutralize what Frank Ginda contributed to the Spartan defense?
No, not so much. I think Frank (Ginda) still had nine or 10 tackles. People think “He didn’t have 15 so he must’ve been a bad game,” but that’s not the case at all. I think Frank played really well. Obviously, when you play as many snaps on defense as Frank has, that starts to take his toll a little bit so I think this bye week will be something he’ll benefit from.
4. Johnson ignited the Spartan offense with two receiving touchdowns, one kick return touchdown and 278 all-purpose yards. What’s keeping the receiving group from reaching its full potential?
Any time you have a young or a new quarterback or just a new player, it’s hard to duplicate things in a practice environment so the challenge of that is trying to get them enough reps together so that all of those guys feel comfortable. You look at our receiving core at times this year—we’ve had a true freshman, a redshirt freshman and another true freshman on the field. And then, we have guys who are a freshman quarterback or a redshirt sophomore quarterback who haven’t played yet. As we play and as those guys get more comfortable, the chemistry will grow. I think the chance for them to reach that potential will be about how quickly they can accelerate their learning process and their trust in one another will be in the right place. I also think a part of that is just for those young players eliminating some of the mistakes they’ve made—whether it’s the depth on a route, running the wrong route or being in the right place.
The Spartans have a bye week before they visit the BYU Cougars on Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. MST. You can tune into the game on BYUtv, ESPN3 and KLIV 1590 AM.