San Jose State offense shows major potential at spring football game

Photo credit: @SJSUSpartanFB

By: Ana Kieu

Despite bleak skies, the San Jose State Spartans football team showed off its offensive potential with five pass plays of 30 or more yards during its 79-play Spring Football Game at CEFCU Stadium Saturday.

Junior Josh Love completed 7-of-11 passes for 148 yards. Love completed passes of 32 yards to wide receiver Tre Walker, 48 yards to tight end Josh Oliver and 56 yards to slot receiver Leki Nunn.

Redshirt freshman Terrell Carter connected on a 46-yard pass play to wide receiver Tre Hartley, but it was Montel Aaron–who started eight games last season–as the only Spartan signal caller to connect on a touchdown pass with his 75-yarder to wide receiver Bailey Gaither.

With fifth-year senior Michael Carrillo and redshirt freshman Ryan Johnson, the Spartans passed for 389 yards and did not have a pass intercepted.

Carter accounted for two of the three rushing touchdowns in the game on runs of two and four yards,

“It was exciting enough that half of the Fresno State football team came to watch. So we’re doing something right,” said San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan, who added the Spartans had trouble passing the ball deep down field last year. “It was good to see to us throw the ball down field and make some plays.”

“Right now, we’re giving them all (the quarterbacks) equal reps, seeing them all play and compete,” Brennan added.

Bryce Crawford’s 50-yard field goal accounted for the rest of the scoring in the game.

Linebacker Tysyn Parker, who started four games a year ago as a freshman, and sophomore defensive lineman Sinjun Astani each had a quarterback sack.

Scoring Summary
Terrell Carter, two-yard run (Bryce Crawford kick)
Malike Roberson, seven-yard run (Matt Mercurio kick)
Bryce Crawford, 50-yard field goal
Terrell Carter, four-yard run (Matt Mercurio kick)
Bailey Gaither, 75-yard pass from Montel Aaron (Matt Mercurio kick)

Rushing (37 attempts, 147 yards, three touchdowns)
DeJon Packer, 11-54; Malike Roberson, 7-35, 1 TD; Terrell Carter, 6-27, two touchdowns; Bailey Gaither, 1-27; Ryan Johnson, 1-8; Tyler Nevens, 3-7; Thai Cottrell, 1-7; Josh Love, 1-5; Brendan Manigo, 1-(-2); Michael Carrillo, 3-(-3); Montel Aaron, 1-(-7); Team, 1-(11).

Passing (20-35-0-389 yards, one touchdown) 
Josh Love, 7-11-0-148 yds.; Montel Aaron, 3-6-0-106 yds., one touchdown; Terrell Carter, 4-5-0-77 yards., zero touchdowns; Michael Carrillo, 6-11-0-58 yards., zero touchdowns; Ryan Johnson, 0-2-0-0 yards.

Receiving 
Leki Nunn, 4-76; Bailey Gaither, 3-105, 1 TD; Justin Holmes, 3-27; Josh Oliver, 2-50; Tre Walker, 2-45; Thai Cottrell, 2-17; Brendan Manigo, 2-7; Tre Hartley, 1-46; Billy Humphreys, 1-12.

Punting 
Bryce Crawford, 2-35.0 average; Brian Papazian, 2-38.0 average.

Field goals 
Bryce Crawford, 39–no good; 36–no good; 50–good.

Quarterback sacks 
Tysyn Parker and Sinjun Astani, one each.

Up Next
The Spartans will be back on the practice field on Tuesday, April 3, after a much-needed week off for SJSU’s spring break.

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