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The San Jose St. Spartans thought they got a big steal when Tate Forcier transferred all the way from Michigan. Forcier had a rough time with the Wolverines and couldn't handle the transition from Rich Rodriguez to Brady Hoke. Still, he's a Division I capable quarterback when he puts it altogether, and you figure he'd make a big impact for San Jose State and should compete to start next season.
However, it looks as if Forcier couldn't cut it in their program. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Couldn't handle the academic load at San Jose State? Boy, that's not a good sign for his future.
Forcier's leaving would make this the THIRD school he's left unceremoniously. First Michigan, now Miami, now San Jose State. The roads only get narrower from here. It's a puzzling sight to see a very talented quarterback fall through the cracks, although it's hardly uncommon.
On the surface, the two teams playing on Saturday seem quite similar. San Jose State and Fresno State are both 4-7, and neither team has higher than a .500 record in WAC conference play. But if you dig a little deeper, you see that these two teams are going in opposite directions.
Coming off a miserable 1-12 season in 2010, the San Jose St. Spartans are trending upwards under second year head coach Mike MacIntyre. They played well against reasonably tough competition, losing close games to UCLA, Nevada and BYU in 2011. While the season is over after Saturday for the Spartans, they have a lot to look forward to, including the eligibility of incoming Michigan transfer QB Tate Forcier.
Fresno State, on the other side, has regressed from an 8-5 season in 2010, which found them in the Humanitarian Bowl against Northern Illinois. Their early season schedule was tough, with contests against California, Nebraska, Boise State and Ole Miss, which set the tone for the rest of the season.
SJSU hasn't beaten the Bulldogs since 2006, and Fresno State is planning on pushing that losing streak further. Both teams come into this game after winning last week -- SJSU defeated Navy, while Fresno State went to Hawaii and defeated the Warriors. Prior to that, both teams had lost three games in a row.
This game kicks off at 5:00 PM PST on Saturday. You can listen to the game on 1590 AM or head over to Bulldog Stadium and watch it live -- no television will be on hand for this final battle.
On Saturday, the San Jose State Spartans will have a long road trip as they hit the road to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. San Jose is trying to snap a four-game losing streak against Louisiana Tech, and hoping to pick up their second straight victory following a win last week against Hawaii.
The Hawaii game was good for the Spartans in more ways than one. San Jose safety Duke Ihenacho found out this week that he is nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year for a blocked PAT that he scooped up and ran back for a touchdown, despite an apparent hamstring injury. You can view the play here.
Kickoff: 3:00 PM CDT/1:00 PM PDT
Weather: It's on the chilly side in Louisiana, with a low of 40 and a high of 66 with clear skies in the forecast.
TV Coverage: There will be no television coverage for this game.
Radio: KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) origi- nates San Jose State football broadcasts. Michael Spero calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson offers commentary.
Online Radio Stream: www.kliv.com provides a live audio stream of San Jose State football radio broadcasts.
Friday night was set for the WAC to take center stage. Hawaii and San Jose State had a primetime slot on ESPN and there were no other college football games on the schedule. In that sense, this game was a huge success -- in terms of entertainment value, the Spartans and Warriors put on an exciting show for four quarters.
In the end, San Jose State overcame a ferocious Hawaii comeback to win 28-27.
At the half, SJSU led 20-7, picking off Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz twice and recovering two fumbles. Nothing was working for the Warriors, and the Spartans took full advantage.
San Jose State struggled mightily with ball control in the second half, turning the ball over six times resulting in 20 Hawaii points. This was a classic self-destruction as the Spartans fumbled three times and threw three interceptions.
Early in the fourth quarter, Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa scampered 32 yards for a Warriors touchdown, giving Hawaii a 27-20 lead. The extra point, however, was blocked and returned for a 2-point conversion by SJSU safety Duke Ihenacho.
With a minute left to play, San Jose State began at their own 13-yard line, down five points. SJSU quarterback Matt Faulkner led a spirited six play, 87-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 37-yard Chandler Jones touchdown reception.
SJSU went for the two-point conversion but were stopped. Hawaii tried their best to come back with just seconds to play, but could not make it to field goal territory.
In total, the two teams combined for 12 turnovers, creating a terrifically compelling football game for the casual observer. The WAC didn't necessarily expect tonight to be a showcase game for their conference, but the entertainment value of this matchup was excellent.
With the win, SJSU moves to 3-4 on the season and a respectable 2-1 in WAC play. Next week, San Jose State heads to Louisiana to take on LA Tech.
After a tough road loss last weekend to BYU, the San Jose State Spartans return home and welcome in the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in a primetime Friday night showdown. The Spartans enter with a record of 2-4 and 1-1 in conference play, while the Warriors are 3-2 with a 1-0 record against conference foes.
Here is all of the coverage you will need to get ready for tonight's game:
Kickoff: 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT
Weather: Perfect conditions are expected for football on Friday evening. Temperatures will be in the mid-70's throughout the game and no rain is in the forecast.
TV Coverage: ESPN; Joe Tessitore will call the play-by-play. Rod Gilmore will provide insight and analysis.
Radio: KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) origi- nates San Jose State football broadcasts. Michael Spero calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson offers commentary.
Online Radio Stream: www.kliv.com provides a live audio stream of San Jose State football radio broadcasts.
The Spartans and Warriors should be in for a great night of football. This is the second straight week SJSU has been featured on the ESPN family of networks.
With victories over New Mexico State and at Colorado State, San Jose State has its first two-game winning streak since the 2008 season. The quest for a third straight victory will be a tough one as the Spartans travel to Cougar Stadium to face the BYU Cougars (3-2) and their high-flying offense.
Here is all of the game day information you'll need to get ready for the matchup:
Kickoff: 8:17 p.m. (MDT) / 7:17 p.m. (PDT)
Weather Forecast: Rain is expected on Friday evening and Saturday morning, but it should be clear skies at kickoff. Temperatures will be in the 40s.
History: San Jose State leads the series, 9-5. The teams are facing each other for the first time since 1998.
TV Coverage: ESPNU; Adam Amin will call the play-by-play. San Jose State offensive lineman David Diaz-Infante will provide insight and analysis.
Radio: KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) originates San Jose State football broadcasts. Michael Spero calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson offers commentary.
This will be a tough road game for the Spartans, but the team has momentum and will be looking to pull the upset in front of the entire country. Avoid mental mistakes and attempt to keep the large crowd out of the game and perhaps SJSU can come away with the victory.
After a tough start to the season, the San Jose St. Spartans have won two in a row to bring their record to 2-3. They have a chance to reach .500 for the first time under head coach Mike MacIntyre. The only thing standing in their way? The BYU Cougars.
Brigham Young has played an interesting schedule in 2011, facing tough road tests against Ole Miss and Texas before going back to Provo for a four-game homestand. The Cougars haven't been overly impressive, and despite a 3-2 record they needed a last-second touchdown against the Utah St. Aggies to win last weekend.
As for the Spartans, outside of being romped by Stanford in their season opener, they have been very competitive in defeat. SJSU has improved their offensive balance since 2010, choosing to run the ball more and giving their quarterbacks a chance to pass when the time is right.
BYU has had trouble running the football, averaging only 94 yards on the ground per contest in 2011. Part of the problem has been the underwhelming quarterback play of Jake Heaps, who is at risk of losing play time to Riley Nelson, who has impressed for the Cougars in limited duty.
This is the 15th time the Spartans and the Cougars have played football against one another. San Jose State leads the series 9-5, but BYU defeated SJSU in their last meeting in 1998.
BYU and San Jose State will be on ESPNU, with the kickoff coming at 7:17 p.m. PST.
The San Jose State Spartans may not have started the season ideally, but the team has a big opportunity this weekend to move to 2-1 in conference play and move closer to a .500 record for the year. For a team that just ended a 13-game losing streak, the time is now to build off that win and continue their solid play.
The challenge will not be easy, though, with the Colorado State Rams looking for their fourth victory and a much-needed win at home. The Rams are well coached and feature an experienced team on both sides of the ball.
Here is all of the information you will need for the game:
Kickoff: 4:00 EDT / 2:00 MDT / 1:00 PDT
TV Coverage: The Mtn. will televise the game. Todd Harris is calling the play-by-play with Todd Christensen taking on analyst duties. DirecTV subscribers can watch the game on Channel 616.
Radio: KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) origi- nates San Jose State football broad- casts. Michael Spero calls the play-by play. Kevin Richardson offers commentary.
Live Audio Streaming: www.kliv.com provides a live audio stream of San Jose State football radio broadcasts. Click on the "Listen Live" located on the top right corner of the home page.
The San Jose State Spartans recorded their first win of the season with a 34-24 win over the New Mexico State Aggies. The Spartans broke a game that was tied after three quarters open with 10 unanswered points in the fourth, thanks in large part to running back Brandon Rutley.
Both teams traded blows in the first half, with each scoring a touchdown and a field goal to enter halftime tied 10-10. Rutley provided the most electric play of the first half with a 66-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
The third quarter, however, took on a life of its own and bore witness to an offensive explosion by both sides. Spartans quarterback Matt Faulkner kicked off the second half with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Otten on the second play from scrimmage. Aggies running back Kenny Taylor responded with a big touchdown of his own later in the period, pumping in a 78-yard rushing touchdown.
Both squads recorded two touchdowns in the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter tied at 24 points apiece. Rutley capped off a monster game by rushing for a two-yard score in the game's final period, giving the Spartans a lead that they would not relinquish. A 31-yard field goal by kicker Jens Alvernik sealed New Mexico State's victory and gave the Spartans a 34-24 win.
Faulkner finished the day with 236 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-38 passing. Rutley recorded 209 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries, besting the production of all three New Mexico State runners combined (185 yards total). Otten led the Spartan receivers with 98 yards and two touchdowns on six receptions.
The Spartans move to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in the WAC. San Jose State will play Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference on the road next weekend.
The San Jose State Spartans aim to get their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon against the New Mexico State Aggies. Here is all the valuable information you need, including where to watch and listen to the game.
Time: 1:00 PM PST/4:00 PM EST
TV: This game will not be broadcast on traditional television.
Radio: KLIV (1590 AM, San Jose) will broadcast the game. Michael Spero and Kevin Richardson will be your guides. KION (1460 AM, Salinas) is a network affiliate. KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) also will broadcast the New Mexico State game.
Online: ESPN3. Check your local cable or satellite provider to see if the service is provided by clicking here.
Last meetup: The Aggies won a close game in New Mexico, defeating the Spartans 29-27. NMSU won the game on the last play of the contest, breaking SJSU's 6-game winning streak over the Aggies.
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After starting the season 0-3, the San Jose State Spartans are in danger of another miserable season. They lost a close game last weekend in their WAC opener against Nevada, and while competitive against UCLA, were decimated by Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal.
Truthfully, the Spartans didn't do themselves any favors by scheduling two Pac-12 schools to kick off their season. The opportunity to salvage their 2011 campaign is still there as the New Mexico St. Aggies come to the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies are 1-2, with their lone win an upset over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the second week of the season. This is NMSU's WAC opener.
SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre is 1-15 in his two-year stint in San Jose, while New Mexico State coach DeWayne walker is 6-22 in his third season.
The Spartans have had a quarterback carousel this season, with Matt Faulkner, Dasmen Stewart, and Blake Jurich all seeing action under center. Expect to see more of the same today against the Aggies, as at least two quarterbacks have played in each game for SJSU so far this year.
San Jose State has dominated this series, winning 15 of 18 matchups all-time. The Aggies won last season's game, but the Spartans certainly have the historical edge going into this game.
The Spartan defense has improved since last season, creating more turnovers and holding UCLA and Nevada to a combined 44 points. For a team that went 1-12 last year, improving the defense is a top priority.
This game will be on ESPN3.com, so you will be able to watch it wherever you are this Saturday afternoon.
The San Jose State Spartans dropped Saturday's game 17-14 against the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Spartans struggled on offense for most of the game but kept the game close with a few timely stops.
The Spartans had a rough first half and recorded only one first down heading into halftime, and Nevada had over five times as many total offensive yards in the first half (270 total yards vs. 51 total yards). The Spartans defense, however, made a big goal-line stand in the closing minute of the first half and kept the game close, 14-7.
The third quarter saw both teams punt several times and only one score take place. The Wolf Pack pumped in an 18-yard field goal by Anthony Martinez to stretch their lead to ten points.
San Jose State got its second touchdown of the day on a one-yard rush by Brandon Rustley in the fourth quarter. The gap closed to 17-14, but a lack of scoring the rest of the way resulted in a Wolf Pack victory.
Quarterback Dasmen Stewart struggled and posted only 21 yards on three-of-five passing. He was replaced by Matt Faulkner, who recorded 131 yards and one interception on 10-of-19 passing. Running back Brandon Rutley had 86 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries.
The Spartans fall to 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in the WAC. San Jose State takes on New Mexico State next week at home.
The San Jose State Spartans trail the Nevada Wolf Pack 14-7 after one half of play. The Spartans have only recorded one first down up to this point in the game but enter halftime down by only one score.
The two sides had uneventful first quarters until the end. Both sides punted on the game's first three possessions until the Spartans intercepted quarterback Tyler Lantrip in the endzone to reclaim possession. The play killed a possible score for the Wolf Pack, but the Spartans were not able to drive the length of the field and convert.
Nevada scored on a four-yard rushing touchdown by Mike Bell in the final minutes of the first quarter, and the Spartans came right back with a 28-yard rushing touchdown of their own by Dasmen Stewart.
The Wolf Pack put together an extended drive in the second quarter to score again on a one-yard run by Bell. San Jose was unable to respond, but the Spartans defense did make a goal-line stand against Nevada in the final minute of the half. Nevada failed to convert on a 4th-and-1 on the one-yard line.
Stewart has thrown for only 5 yards on two-for-nine passing, but his 28-yard rushing touchdown leads the Spartans in the running game. The Spartans generated only 51 yards of offense in the first half, far below the Wolf Pack's 270 yard figure.
Nevada will receive the kickoff to start the second half.
Teams: San Jose State Spartans, Nevada Wolf Pack
Records: San Jose State 0-2, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference; Nevada 0-1, 0-0
Kickoff: 1:00 PM
Venue: Spartan Stadium, San Jose California
Television: The WAC Sports Network. Barry Tompkins calls the play-by-play. Joe Glenn provides insight and commentary. Northern California Comcast Cable subscribers can watch the game on Comcast SportsNet California (Comcast Cable Channel 41) and the Comcast Hometown Network (Comcast Cable Channel 104). DirecTV subscribers can watch the game on Channels 681 or 698. DISH Network subscribers should tune in to Channel 409 or 410.
Series History: Nevada leads 15-8-2 and has won the past three meetings, including 35-13 in 2010.
Injury Report: San Jose State — TE Ryan Otten (ankle) is probable; WR Kyle Nunn (foot) is questionable; WR Josh Harrison (ankle) is out. Nevada — TE Zach Sudfeld (broken leg) is out.
Odds: Nevada is favored by 6 points, per Bodog.
It's been a rough start for both the San Jose Spartans and Nevada Wolf Pack thus far in their 2011 campaigns, though one will inevitably be leaving Spartan Stadium on Saturday with their first win of the year.
Nevada is coming off a meeting with a buzz saw in the form of No. 12 Oregon up in Eugene, who took their anger from the LSU game out on the Wolf Pack by a score of 69-20. San Jose watched a third quarter lead vanish to UCLA last Saturday, eventually taking the 27-17 loss down at the Rose Bowl. But with the start of WAC play for both of them usually comes good things as SJSU is 7-7 in conference openers since 1996, while UNR has won their last three mettings with the Spartans. SJSU hasn't beat UNR since 2007, recording a 27-24 victory in San Jose.
Nevada will have it's hands full trying to stop the Spartans run game, which went over 200 yards last week against UCLA for the first time in their last 23 games. RB Derek Coleman led the way with 135 rushing yards and a TD, and will be looking for a similar outcome this time around.
Don't forget to look out for the two new scoreboards at Spartan Stadium as well, with one at the end of the southern end zone and the other above the eastern grandstands.
The UCLA Bruins are not going to put this one in the classics vault, but they did get their first victory of the season. Stuck in a 17-17 sludgefest midway through the fourth quarter (including four turnovers on four straight drives by each team), the Bruins finally broke forward. The Sheldon Price interception (the last of the four turnovers) set up UCLA on San Jose State's 37, and they rode Derrick Coleman and Richard Brehaut short but steady rushes into the red zone. The Bruins then converted on a Kip Smith field goal to make it 20-17.
A San Jose State punt gave the Bruins first and ten at the UCLA 21, and then Johnathan Franklin (rushes of 9 and 27 yards) and Coleman (4, 15 and 24 yard rushes, the last for a touchdown) finally broke through against a stout Spartans defensive front. It concluded a rather unimpressive effort for UCLA, but it does have to give San Jose State a lot of hope that they're back on the right track that they can play this well against a Pac-12 unit.
For more on UCLA football, head to Bruins Nation.
UCLA managed an early touchdown on a mid-first quarter drive thanks to rushes by Richard Brehaut, Johnathan Franklin, and Anthony Barr, with Franklin punching it in. San Jose State responded with an eight minute, 16 play, 88 yard drive with quarterback Dasmen Stewart completing six passes for 67 yards, including a third down AND a fourth down conversion. Stewart punched it in from the one to tie the Spartans up with the Bruins.
After two punts, Richard Brehaut went to the air, and found Nelson Rosario for a 43 yard catch down the middle, Taylor Embree for 18 yards down the right sides, and hit Joseph Fauria for a 14 yard touchdown to put UCLA back on top with a 14-7 lead going into halftime. After the Spartans and Bruins exchanged field goals, Spartan tailback Brandon Rutley burst forward for a 65 yard touchdown that totally lowered my esteem of the UCLA defense about a thousand points and tied things up at 17.
Since the two teams have deadlocked things up, the Bruins have fumbled the ball twice (once in the red zone) and the Spartans have thrown two interceptions twice (once in the red zone). It's that type of game.
For more on UCLA football, go to Bruins Nation.
The San Jose State Spartans travel to Pasadena and the legendary Rose Bowl to take on the UCLA Bruins in the first ever matchup between the two teams on the football field. The Spartans look to gain some traction after falling to Andrew Luck's Stanford Cardinal in their first game this season.
Teams: San Jose State Spartans, UCLA Bruins
Time: Saturday, Sept 10th, 7:00 p.m. PST
Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena California
TV: Broadcast on PrimeTicket/Fox Sports West, with Bill Macdonald, JJ Stokes, and Courtney Jones as commentators.
Radio: 1590 AM (KLIV)/90.5 FM (KSJS), with Michael Spero and Kevin Richardson as commentators.
Rankings: Neither team is ranked in either the Associated Press poll or the USA Today Coaches poll
Favorite: UCLA is favored by three touchdowns, and the over/under is 49 points per Bodog.
Last Meeting: This is the first meeting between the two schools in their history.
Streaks: SDSU looks to get into the win column after falling to Stanford in their season opener.
The San Jose State Spartans look to rebound from a 57-3 shellacking at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal as they head south to face the UCLA Bruins in Pasadena. San Jose State may catch a break as UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince is questionable for Saturday's game due to a concussion he suffered last weekend against the Houston Cougars. The UCLA offense was still fairly solid as backup Richard Brehaut was solid in place of Prince.
The Spartans will need every break they can get as they could not get anything going against the Cardinal. The defense kept things relatively close early against Stanford, but the offense struggled to do much with that. Matt Faulkner had a little bit of success through the air, but the rushing attack had a combined 27 yards on 37 rushes. The bigger problem came on turnovers as the Spartans fumbled the ball numerous times, officially losing three, but giving up a safety on a fourth. The Cardinal put together 23 points on those fumbles and the Spartans simply did not have the firepower to recover.
The Spartans now turn around and face a Bruins team with a little bit of retribution on the mind. The UCLA offense put together a solid performance against Houston, putting together 554 yards of total offense. However, the Bruins defense was ravaged by the up tempo Houston offense to the tune of 469 total yards. San Jose State has some solid weapons offense, but it will be tough to match what Houston did to the Bruins defense. The Spartans will be looking to continue getting wide receiver Noel Grigsby involved, but will need to establish some sort of rushing game against the Bruins if they want to make this game remotely competitive.
This marks San Jose State's first ever matchup with the Bruins. With this game, San Jose State will have played every member of the new Pac-12 at least once. The Spartans have lost six straight to the conference with their last win coming at home against Stanford.
The 2011 NCAA football season is just around the corner and the San Jose State Spartans football team has settled on its starting quarterback for the upcoming season. The Spartans announced that fifth year senior Matt Faulkner had won the QB battle and would start the season-opener against the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal. Dasmen Stewart will be the backup and Blake Jurich will operated as third string QB.
Faulkner enters his second season with the Spartans after transferring in from Mount San Antonio College. In 2010 he was 21 of 39 for 206 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception for the Spartans. He will make his first career Football Bowl Subdivision start when he faces the Cardinal.
Spartans coach Mike MacIntyre described the QB selection process and the expectations for the backups:
“We have our depth chart together. We’re excited about where we are at this point. Everybody’s been asking us about quarterback. Matt Faulkner will be our starter. Dasmen Stewart will be our backup. Blake Jurich will be our third team (quarterback). All of them have really improved. I’ve been in two programs before where the two first guys got hurt and the third team guy ended up being the starter after a while …
“I went into this (quarterback selection) wide open. We rotated them every day. One day, Matt would be with the third team; next day, the second team; and next day, the first team. Everybody had equal ‘reps,’ so it was a very true competition.”
Faulkner began his playing career with Fresno State where he redshirted in 2007 and did not play in any games in 2008. He transferred to Mount San Antonio where he led his team to a 13-0 record and the 2009 California Community College Athletic Association’s version of a national championship. That season he passed for 3,301 yards and 30 touchdowns.
The San Jose State Spartans have been featured on national telecasts before, but expect more coverage of SJSU athletics on ESPN and their affiliates this upcoming season. According to a press release from the university, four football games will be televised or streamed online.
The first game -- a battle against conference foe New Mexico state -- will be streamed on ESPN3.com for Spartans nation to see. Kickoff is set for 1pm on Saturday, September 24, as the two teams begin WAC play.
The second game, which will feature a matchup at BYU on October 8, will be aired on the ESPN family of networks, though it has not been announced which channel or website it will appear on. A kickoff time for this game is to-be-determined.
The third game -- a home game against Hawaii on October 14 -- has been announced for prime time on ESPN and will air at 6pm.
The fourth and final game covered by ESPN will be on Senior Day for the Spartans as they welcome in Navy. The contest will air on ESPN3 at 1pm.
"All five home games on television - that's great for our kids. They've worked so hard. That's great for the university. It gets exposure out there for our school and for our students, " said San Jose State football head coach Mike MacIntyre.
For the Stanford Cardinal, their season opener is against a cupcake, a non-factor in college football. For the San Jose State Spartans, it's David going up against Goliath.
SJSU will travel to Palo Alto on September 3, taking on the Andrew Luck and the highly regarded Cardinal in a Bay Area battle of rich versus poor.
The Spartans are coming off a dreadful 1-11 season in 2010. How bad was it? UC Davis, an FCS team, came into Spartan Stadium and defeated SJSU 14-13 on October 2.
Stanford, of course, went 12-1 last season, defeating Virginia Tech 40-12 in the Orange Bowl.
San Jose State will be breaking in a new quarterback after senior Jordan La Secla graduated and was signed by the Oakland Raiders. According to the Mercury News, those competing for the spot are senior Matt Faulkner, sophomore Dasmen Stewart, redshirt freshman Blake Jurich and true freshman Joe Gray.
Without a running game to speak of (the Spartans were 119th out of 120 FBS teams in that category) and a new quarterback under center, SJSU will have to hope for a miracle in the season opener.
2011 will be the first and only season for the WAC as an eight-team conference, as Hawaii, Fresno State and Nevada will all join the Mountain West Conference in 2012. Replacing these schools will be Texas State and UT-San Antonio.
In a glimpse of light for the program, former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier transferred to play for the Spartans on July 26. Forcier will have to sit out the 2011 season, but will likely become SJSU's starting quarterback in 2012, when the WAC will field only seven football teams.
Until Forcier can actually suit up in a game, expect more growing pains from the Spartans as they struggle to find footing in the ever-changing college football landscape.