Monday, August 30, 2010
WAC 2010-San Jose State Spartans
2009 Record: 2-10 (1-7)
Head Coach: Mike MacIntyre (1st season, 0-0)
Offensive Coordinator: Tim Landis (1st season)
Defensive Coordinator: Kent Baer (1st season)
2009 Bowl Game: Those dreams crashed like the real estate market
Offense: There is a 3 way QB battle going on, with returning starter Jordan La Secla, Dasmen Stewart, and Matt Faulkner battling it out. Lamon Muldrow will share the carries at RB with Brandon Rutley. Marquis Avery and Jalal Beauchman both return at WR, as does TE Ryan Otten, who had a very nice spring game (2 TDs). The right side of the line has to be rebuilt, but center left is all set.
Defense: There is a major issue on the line, where DT Pablo Garcia is the lone returnee. There is no depth, and experience is a wish only. Pompey Festejo and Tiuke Tuipulotu are the returning LBs , and Ryno Gonzalez is slated to be the new guy. He is a senior, so there is some experience there. 3 members of the secondary return in CB Peyton Thomspon, SS Duke Ihenacho and FS Tanner Burns. The secondary is the strength of the entire team, as the Spartans ranked 22nd against the pass.
Special Teams: Tyler Cope returns for his junior year at PK. He connected on 7 of 11 attempts last season. Freshman Harrison Waid is slated to be the new punter.
Wins: 9/18 Southern Utah, 10/2 UC Davis
Toss Up Games: 10/30 @ New Mexico State
Losses: 9/4 @ Alabama, 9/11 @ Wisconsin, 9/25 @ Utah, 10/9 @ Nevada, 10/16 Boise State, 10/23 Fresno State, 11/13 Utah State, 11/20 @ Hawaii, 11/27 Louisiana Tech, 12/4 @ Idaho
Thank God for 2 games against 1-AA squads. And come to think about it, the game against UC Davis is not a lock. The rest of the schedule outside of NMSU is just a boiler.
Outlook: The Spartans are going nowhere this season, and the future is in flux with the possibilities of the WAC folding after this season or next. There was basically nothing that this team did right last season, so there isn't much else to say.