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By: Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Big plays such as long touchdown passes, pick-sixes, and vice versa highlighted the San Jose State Spartans’ first scrimmage of the 2019 spring practice period.
SJSU was in full pads to conclude the second week of spring practice with a 70-plus plays scrimmage when adding in some special teams work.
“We had a great day. We had a bunch of fans and recruits here. We had our man, ‘DJ Brother Reese’ spinnin’ tunes for us. And, the guys ran around. Looked like the energy was great, intense and we made some plays on both sides of the ball,” said SJSU head coach Brent Brennan.
“We did a nice job of creating some turnovers and getting to the quarterback, threw it well and caught it well, and had some nice runs. We had a lot of young players trying to figure it out. So, it’s pretty exciting,”
The offense had the upper hand early. Senior quarterback Josh Love showed the form similar to the 2018 Hawaii game when he threw for 451 yards and three touchdowns. As the first signal-caller under center, Love completed 9-of-12 for 150 yards and touchdown passes of 13 yards to Leki Nunn and 37 yards to Tre Walker.
Freshman quarterback Nick Nash accounted for the offense’s remaining two touchdowns. Nash recently found community college transfer Lamar Housley streaking down the right sideline for a 96-yard touchdown play. Nash, the son of one-time Spartan wide receiver Kenny Nash from the 1980’s, concluded the offense’s scoring with a 4-yard run. Nash was the leading rusher in the scrimmage with 49 yards on eight carries.
Walker, the team leader in receiving yards with 714 in 2018, showed off his big-play explosiveness as the receiving leader with four receptions for 105 yards and the 37-yard touchdown play.
The Spartan defense scored on interception returns of 43 yards by junior safety Bobby Brown, II, and 24 yards by senior linebacker Ethan Aguayo. The defense also was credited with five quarterback sacks–two of them by sophomore defensive tackle Jamaar Hardy.
“I think we’re moving that way. And, I think recruiting is a big part of that,” Brennan said when asked about upgrading the overall speed of the team. “We have a handful of guys that will join us this summer that will add to our speed and length that we need.
“I thought the offensive line and Josh (Love) did a nice job picking up some of the pressure. It was fun. I thought the players had a great time. It’s just another step for us and we need to keep taking steps in the right direction with this team.”
SJSU hosts its next scrimmage on Saturday, March 23 at 11 am PT.