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?

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Best San Jose State Offensive Player

RB Tyler Nevens, Soph.
As a true freshman, the 6-0, 218-pound speed back was one of the bright spots, leading the team with 670 yards with a score, winning for over 100 yards twice. Like all of the San Jose State backs, holding onto the ball is a must, but he’s got workhorse ability and upside to be the one guy who can control the offense and keep the chains moving.

2. TE Josh Oliver, Sr.
3. WR Tre Hartley, Sr.
4. QB Montel Aaron, Soph.
5. PK Bryce Crawford, Sr.

Best San Jose State Defensive Player

LB Jamal Scott, Sr.
The former Arizona State Sun Devil stepped in from the JUCO world and turned into a key starter right away. The 6-2, 237-pounder has tremendous speed with the hybrid upside to be a far more dangerous player behind the line after coming up with three sacks and ten tackles for loss.

Great in the open field, he finished with 70 tackles and took a fumble for a score. Now it’s his job to be the leader and star of the linebacking corps that loses Frank Ginda.

2. S Ethan Aguayo, Jr.
3. DT Owen Roberts, Sr.
4. CB Dakari Monroe, Sr.
5. DT Bryson Bridges, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Montel Aaron, Soph. 
Or junior Josh Love, or spring star Terrell Carter, someone has to step up and become a factor for a San Jose State offense in desperate need of a star. Five players completed a pass last season with all the options combining for 15 touchdowns and 20 picks, struggling to keep the chains moving and get deep plays happening down the field.

The 6-5, 210-pound Aaron isn’t necessarily the runner the coaching staff might like, but he showed last year he can bomb away at times. However, he failed to throw a touchdown pass in his final four games with seven picks during the stretch.

Key Game To The San Jose State Season

Hawaii, Sept. 29
It’s the Mountain West opener against a mediocre team that won 37-26 last year. That 11 point Rainbow Warrior win represents the closest of San Jose State’s 11 losses.

Coming off a week off, and with Hawaii going from traveling to New York to face Army, to coming back for a home game against Duquesne, to getting back on a plane to San Jose, the Spartans are never going to have a better chance to have everything in its favor. Lose, and even with there of the next four games at home, it’s uh-oh time.

2017San Jose State Fun Stats

– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Opponents 201 – SJSU 39
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 17-of-20 (85%) – SJSU 9-of-21 (43%)
– Red Zone Scores: Opponents 58-of-68 (85%) – SJSU 19-of-29 (66%)

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