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2003 PREVIEW: San Jose State Spartans
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.
Head coach: Fitz Hill
3rd year: 9-16
Returning O Lettermen: 20
Returning D Lettermen: 23
Returning ST Lettermen: 1
Lettermen Lost: 16
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.
8/30 at Florida
9/13 at Stanford
10/4 at Rice
10/25 at Boise St.
11/8 at UTEP
11/15 at Fresno St.
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