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2003 PREVIEW: San Jose State Spartans

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Even though they only averaged 10,360 fans per game last year, the Spartans could be one of the more exciting teams to watch. The offense boasts a high octane passing attack with experience at all the necessary spots. This is a team that averaged 29 points and 375 yards per game last year, and should be even stronger this season. Just as exciting is the defense that was, and probably will be, one of the worst in the nation finishing second to last in pass defense, third to last in total defense and gave up points in droves. As bad as things were, the gambling defense always decided to go for the green finishing third in the nation in interceptions, fourth in total takeaways and always seemed to make big things happen after recovering fumbles. In Fitz Hill's third year, San Jose State should be one of the sleeper teams in the WAC. There's too much talent on offense and too many athletes on defense not to give the conference big boys like Boise State, Fresno State and Hawaii a run. The key will be to continue to beat the teams they're supposed to while trying to pull off an upset or two along the way.

Team Information
Head coach: Fitz Hill
3rd year: 9-16
Returning O Lettermen: 20
Returning D Lettermen: 23
Returning ST Lettermen: 1
Lettermen Lost: 16
Ten Best Players
1. QB Scott Rislov, Sr.
2. S Gerald Jones, Sr.
3. DE Philip Perry, Sr.
4. T/G Joseph Hayes, Sr.
5. WR Kendrick Starling, Sr.
6. WR Jamall Broussard, Sr.
7. RB Lamar Ferguson, Jr.
8. WR Tuati Wooden, Sr.
9. S Josh Powell, Jr.
10. C LaMons Walker, Sr.
2003 Schedule
8/23 Grambling
8/30 at Florida
9/13 at Stanford
9/20 Nevada
10/4 at Rice
10/11 SMU
10/25 at Boise St.
11/1 Hawaii
11/8 at UTEP
11/15 at Fresno St.
11/22 Tulsa
The Schedule: The Spartans finally get a manageable schedule only going on the road for six games with one of them being next door against Stanford. They might not beat Florida, but that should be one of the must-see games of the year if you like games with more than 800 passing yards. Going to Boise State and Fresno State will probably kill any hope of winning the WAC. It's possible the Spartans can hold serve at home playing against Grambling, Nevada, SMU, Hawaii and Tulsa. Best Offensive Player: Senior QB Scott Rislov. Rislov threw for a ton of yards and improved his decision making as the year went on. It'll be a shock if he doesn't approach 3,500 passing yards (if the Spartans get a 12th game) and 25 touchdowns. Best Defensive Player: Senior S Gerald Jones. Jones is big and talented making 86 tackles and eight interceptions. He scored two touchdowns off of turnovers and picked off three in the first half against Stanford. Key player to a successful season: The pass defense made big plays, but it couldn't make the routine ones. Sophomore corners Trestin George and Malcolm Thompson have to tighten up. The season will be a success if: the Spartans finish third in the WAC. There's no reason San Jose State can't win almost all of the home games and should beat Rice, SMU and UTEP. A seven win season is very possible. Key game: Oct. 25 at Boise State. The Broncos aren't the same team they were last year. The Spartans are good enough offensively to be 3-0 in WAC play going into this game, so a win would give them a shot at a the conference title. 2002 Fun Stats:
  • SJSU 1st quarter scoring: 61, 2nd quarter: 149, 3rd quarter: 66
  • Passing yards per game: Opponents 300.5 - SJSU 263.4
  • Total offense: Opponents 6414 yards - SJSU 4883
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    Katrell Collier, OLB, 6-1, 205, Miami, Fla. (West Hills College)

    Ryan Abbott, LB, 6-3, 225, San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian HS)
    Stanley Apted, OL, 6-4, 300, Monterey Park, Calif. (E. Los Angeles College)
    Danny Armstrong, QB, 6-0, 210, Bermuda Dunes, Calif. (San Diego State)
    Chris Bodishbaugh, QB, 6-3, 190, Oakley, Calif. (Freedom HS)
    David Bowen, CB, 5-11, 190, New Orleans, La. (McDonough 35 HS)
    John Broussard, WR, 6-1, 160, Kingwood, Texas ( Kingwood HS)
    Eddie Brown, DT, 6-3, 295, Houston, Texas (Blinn College)
    Ray Carmel, CB, 5-11, 185, Oxnard, Calif. (California)
    Yonus Davis, TB, 5-9, 170, Oakland, Calif. (Skyline HS)
    *Jeff Ferrier, PK, 6-3, 215, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)
    Ryan Gray, OL, 6-6, 305, Dallas, Texas (Highland Park HS)
    David Giesen, OL, 6-4, 285, San Diego, Calif. (San Pasqual HS)
    Jerrell Hardy, CB, 6-2, 162, Oakland, Calif. (Laney College)
    Michael Hodges, DE, 6-1, 250, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Chaffey College)
    Michael Hooper, WR, 5-9, 155, Culver City, Calif. (Culver City HS)
    Derrell Hutsona, TB, 5-10, 160, Spring Valley, Calif. (Helix HS)
    Melvin Johnson, DT, 6-0, 277, San Diego, Calif. (Helix HS)
    Demetrius Jones, LB, 6-1, 212, Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS)
    Chad Lerette, OL, 6-5, 320, Camarillo, Calif. (Moorpark College)
    Roy Lewis, CB, 5-11, 170, Los Angeles, Calif. (Narbonne HS)
    Nicholas Marchini, OL, 6-4, 280, LeGrand, Calif. (LeGrand HS)
    Chris Mungin, DT, 6-7, 275, Papillion, Neb. (La Vista HS)
    Kevin Myers, OT, 6-5, 340, Los Angeles, Calif. (Manual Arts HS)
    Amadeo Novella, OT, 6-6, 290, Healdsburg, Calif. (Sacramento City College)
    Andrew Paopao, DE, 6-2, 245, Oceanside, Calif. (Palomar College)
    Rafael Pineda, LB, 6-2, 240, Los Angeles, Calif. (Cathedral HS)
    Leon Pinky, TE, 6-3, 270, Granada Hills, Calif. (College of the Canyons)
    Ryan Simone, OL, 6-3, 284, San Diego, Calif. (Helix HS)
    Tyson Thompson, TB, 6-1, 207, Irving, Texas (Garden City College)
    Edwinn Tidwell, DT, 6-2, 265, Antioch, Calif. (McClymonds HS)
    Cornell Williams, DT, 6-4, 250, New Orleans, La. (O. Perry Walker HS)
    *Potential Instant Impact Players

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