Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the San Jose State Spartans season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 1-11 overall, 1-7 in Mountain West
Head Coach: Brent Brennan, 3rd year, 3-22
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SAN JOSE STATE OFFENSE
– The offense gets back seven starters, but it has a long way to go after finishing last in the Mountain West in total yards – averaging 324 yards per game – and was dead last in the nation in rushing. But …
– The quarterback situation should finally be settled. Five players threw a pass for the Spartans – three quarterbacks got an honest shot – but senior Josh Love will be the main man as long as he holds up. He was only healthy for eight games, but he was the most effective option of the bunch. With Michael Carrillo and Montel Aaron gone – the other two top quarterbacks – it’ll be a fall camp fight for the pecking order.
– The receiving corps has the upside to be okay with a little bit of time, but losing 56-catch TE Josh Olivers stings. Tre Walker is a quick target who led the team with 714 yards and five scores, averaging over 18 yards per catch. After him, it’s a young group that needs a little help.
Senior Bailey Gaither averaged over 20 yards per grab with three touchdowns in just over three games before getting knocked out with an Achilles tendon tear – he’ll be back at some point. The recruiting class has to play a big role for the options at the three spots, but there’s no adequate replacement for what Oliver provided. It should be tight end by committee.
– The running backs are there, but they need blocking. 226-pound Tyler Nevens has been the team’s leading rusher over the last two years – running for 554 yards and four scores last season – but he’s not alone. There’s promising depth, but not a lot in proven production. Senior DeJon Packer is the veteran option, but sophomore Brendan Manigo has the burst. But again …
– The blocking has to be there for the rest of the parts to finally work. The running game did nothing behind this group, but it was a young line that gets back four starters. It’s a small front five, but it’s versatile – give it fall camp to reconfigure how this is all going to work – hoping for JUCO transfer Scott Breslin to be the first puzzle piece to fit at one of the tackle gigs.