San Jose State Spartans College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season
San Jose State Spartans Biggest Key: Offense
Get a bit more out of the running game. To be very, very fair, the 2020 San Jose State running game was Wisconsin compared to the last several years. It could and should be better now, though.
It was effective when it had to try taking over – like in the key win over Nevada and the victory over Hawaii – but it wasn’t consistent. Before the bowl, the Spartans failed to hit 100 yards on the ground in three of the seven games and didn’t get to 180 in two more.
The passing attack took care of most of the work, but this year the line is loaded with veterans, there are plenty of good backs to crank things up a bit more, and now there have to be more yards per carry.
The 4.49 overall were fine, but the attack didn’t go anywhere for stretches against Air Force, New Mexico and Boise State, but the team got away with it.
San Jose State Spartans Biggest Key: Defense
Pick off more passes. The defense has made night-and-day improvements over the last few seasons, and it was far, far better against the run and at getting off the field. Now it returns enough experience to start doing even more.
Like coming up with more interceptions.
The stars of last year’s pass rush are back and should do it all again, and the pass defense overall should be fine. Last year’s secondary came up with just three picks after taking away 16 in 2019. With several good passing teams on the slate, a few extra interceptions will matter.
San Jose State Spartans Key Player To A Successful Season
WR Isaiah Hamilton, Jr.
He rose up as a redshirt freshman and turned into one of the team’s most dangerous deep threats in 2019. He finished third on the team with 43 catches with four scores, but he led the way among the top targets averaging 16.7 yards per grab.
Bailey Gaither and Tre Walker took over and were the main men last year, and tight end Derrick Deese led the team with five touchdown grabs. Hamilton was solid with 206 yards and two scores on 13 catches, but now the team needs him to be even more than a big play target – he needs to be a No. 1 guy.
San Jose State Spartans Key Game To The 2021 Season
at Nevada, Nov. 6
It was a big moment for the Spartans last year with a 30-20 win to grab the West, and this year it should be even tougher.
If this isn’t for the West title, it’ll play a big role.
The San Diego State and Fresno State games are nasty, but they’re in San Jose. The Nevada game is in Reno, and this year’s Wolf Pack team gets just about everyone back and should be even more dangerous.
2020 San Jose State Spartans Fun Stats
– Sacks: San Jose State 26 for 174 yards – Opponents 8 for 53 yards
– Fumbles: Opponents 10 (lost 8) – San Jose State 5 (lost 0)
– 4th Quarter Scoring: San Jose State 52 – Opponents 27