Preview 2017: San Jose State's New Energy

Preview 2017: San Jose State's New Energy

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Preview 2017: San Jose State's New Energy

Preview 2017: San Jose State’s New Coach, New Energy


With a new head coach and the new energy, San Jose State and its coaching staff will grow up together.


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Sometimes, a football program needs a youthful shot in the arm. San Jose State, welcome to Brent Brennan.

Out of all the coaching changes that went on this offseason, it’s hard to find one that got less attention than the Spartans bringing on Brent Brennan – and why not?

Really? You’re hiring a wide receiver coach away from an Oregon State team that couldn’t throw the ball a lick – the Beavers finished 110th in the nation in passing and 118th in passing efficiency – and has no head coaching experience whatsoever?

Okay, but he’s also considered a bright young mind and a rising star, working with the San Jose State receivers and tight ends from 2005 to 2008, and he knows the program. More than that, he brings the energy.

You don’t have to be young to have the fire – Pete Carroll on Line 1 – but getting a 44-year-old in his first big head coaching gig should change things up in terms of getting everyone fired up.

From winning the opening news conference, to being able to go full-on motivational speaker when getting his chance, he really and truly appears ready to turn San Jose State into a regular player in the Mountain West.

How do you add even more of a spark? You hire a 28-year-old offensive coordinator like Andrew Sowder, who wants to crank up the attack to go fast and be fun. You bring in another relatively young assistant in defensive coordinator Derrick Odum, who’s also going to be jacked up to get his shot to run something.

And then you have to hope the players are there to make it all happen.

Energy is going to matter in a big way on the recruiting trail, but for this season, the new coaching staff has to take the experience in place to hope for an improvement, especially on defense.

The ends have to be replaced, but all the tackles are back, and all four starters in the secondary return along with two good starting linebackers.

The offensive side has the potential to be good in a hurry if the quarterback situation is settled. Four starters return to a line that allowed the most sacks by anyone since 2013, but the receivers are in place and the running backs are going to be dangerous.

Michael Carrizosa is one of the league’s best punters, Bryce Crawford should be among the nation’s best kickers, and the special teams playmakers are there to expect a great year in the third phase.

Of course, there will be growing pains.

Brennan will make a whole bunch of mistakes, but they’ll come from trying to change things up fast and make the team more exciting.

The program, team, and coaching staff will all grow up together.

2017 San Jose State Preview: What You Need To Know
2017 San Jose State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
– San Jose State Previews: 2016 | 2015

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