Preview 2018: San Jose State Spartans. An Impossible Rebuild Job?

Preview 2018: San Jose State Spartans. An Impossible Rebuild Job?

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Preview 2018: San Jose State Spartans. An Impossible Rebuild Job?


What You Need To Know About The San Jose State Offense

– It was a struggle. The Spartans scored 20 points or fewer in ten of the final 11 games of the season, didn’t get better, and couldn’t find anything that consistently worked. In comes new offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven after working with the Oregon State offense that didn’t do much of anything. On the plus side, eight starters return to potentially a base of experience to work off of.

– First, the Spartans have to figure out the quarterback situation. They finished 116th in the nation in passing efficiency, but they managed to throw for close to 200 yards per game. Montel Aaron came on late in the season and was okay, but Josh Love is a veteran part of the puzzle, and freshman Terrell Carter is a flashy dual-threat option who might just be the right guy.

The biggest plus? The top 15 pass catchers from last season return, helped by safety-valve TE Josh Oliver and leading receiver Tre Hartley. Now the receiving corps has to be more explosive after combining to average just 11.39 yards per catch.

– Both starting tackles return, but the entire interior of the line has to be replaced from an offense that averaged just 120 rushing yards per game and had a nightmare of a time in pass protection.

However, with the top four backs returning – and all of them quick and with the upside to produce well with a little bit of help – there’s hope to get the ground game working after running for just six scores and averaging 3.23 yards per try. Most of all, everyone has to hold on to the ball – the Spartans gave up a nation-high 22 fumbles, and …

Biggest Key To The San Jose State Offense

When you get the chance, San Jose State … SCORE. The offense has to be able to go on longer, sustained drives after finishing dead last in college football in time of possession – holding the ball for just 24:47 a game – and it has to stop turning the ball over after giving it up 42 times, but it also has to take advantage of every possible opportunity.

Only Kent State was worse in red zone scoring, coming away with points just 64% of the time. The Spartans scored a mere 19-of-29 times (65.5%) inside the 20 with just 13 touchdowns.

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