San Jose State Spartans College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– The San Jose State defense had been improving in the Brent Brennan era, and last year it all came together. The pass rush was great, there were plenty of plays behind the line, and the D ended up allowing just 346 yards and 20 points per game.
Forgetting the bowl game against Ball State when the team suffered an outbreak of COVID, the D allowed 20 points or fewer in every game but the 35-24 win over Hawaii.
2020 was good, but watch out – ten starters are back.
– The Spartans have a killer end tandem in Cade Hall and Viliami Fehoko to keep on getting into the backfield. The two combined for 16 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss, and they did it in the 3-4 around 325-pound rock Jay Kakiva on the nose.
The linebacking corps also returns everyone. Kyle Harmon led the team with 78 tackles, and the rest of the 220ish-pound group can move around and be disruptive with plenty of big things done behind the line.
– The secondary loses all-star Tre Webb from one safety spot, but Tre Jenkins is a terrific tackler at one of the other jobs and the corners are back. There’s good size, but more picks would be a plus after coming up with just three and with none in the last three games. More on that in a bit.