What You Need To Know About The San Jose State Defense
– The defense that couldn’t stop anyone at least gets a new infusion of starters. The Spartans were last in the Mountain West in both total and scoring D, allowing 499 yards and 42 points per game, and now it has to replace leading tackler Frank Ginda – who came up with a whopping 173 stops – and five of the top seven tacklers.
– The front three is the one area of experience. It’s a true 3-4 using three large bodies up front, with a slew of quicker young options ready to do more in the rotation. All three projected starters are 285 pounds or more around Owen Roberts on the nose, but they all have to be far, far better for the nation’s second-worst run defense.
They struggled, which led to all of Ginda’s tackles. Two starters are back in the linebacking corps, with Jamal Scott a solid former JUCO transfer with the disruptive upside to get behind the line a bit more.
– The secondary takes the biggest personnel hit with three starters gone from the group put together at the end of last year and finished with just six picks. However, three of those interceptions came from Dakari Monroe, who’ll step in and do more at one corner spot.
Biggest Key To The San Jose State Defense
Get off the field. It starts with the run defense needing to be a while lot stronger to keep keep offenses from getting easy third down tries, and then coming up with the stop to slow down drives.
How bad where the Spartans on the big downs? Offenses converted over 45% of their third down chances, and was even worse as on fourth downs. How rough was it? San Jose State allowed teams to convert 17-of-20 tries (85%), the worst in the nation.