When the former Hawaii starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro joined San Jose State for spring camp, the depth chart already seemed set at the quarterback position.
However, the head coach Brent Brenan insists that the auditions continue for the no. 1 spot.
“This thing is always getting roughed up, and that’s the fun part,” Brennan said in a nearly 20-minute interview Tuesday morning on KNBR. Murph and Mac To display.
Brennan also praised reserve quarterbacks Walker Eget, Natano Woodand Tyler Voss.
A true high school freshman from Valencia, Voss “can really tear the ball up the court,” Brennan told KNBR.
Cordeiro also rushed for 1,083 yards in four seasons in Hawaii, a skill Brennan said would be invaluable this season.
“You have to get away from some of the defensive lines that we’re playing against,” Brennan added.
At San Jose State, Brennan has always sought a balance between passing and running. There will be a mix of experienced and young running backs, Brennan said.
Senior Kairee Robinson is entering the “mature leadership phase of his career,” Brennan said. Another Brennan running back highlighted is junior Kenyon Simswho missed eight games in 2021 due to injury after being traded from Illinois.
On defense, San Jose State will fire nine starters, including senior linebacker Kyle Harmon and senior defensive end Cades roomMountain West’s preseason co-defensive player of the year.
“They’re flying into the football and they’re making it difficult for our offense in practice right now,” Brennan remarked of the defense.
Entering her sixth season, Brennan takes on the challenge of helping the Spartans bounce back from a disappointing 2021. After Cinderella’s run to the 2020 Mountain West Conference championship, San Jose State finished 5-7 in 2021, with the season ending in a home loss to rival Fresno State.
“The truth is, I need to train them better,” Brennan admitted.
An excessive focus on future results had also caused the team to overlook certain details.
“It’s something we talk about constantly. The result will take care of itself. Let’s worry about what we’re doing right now,” Brennan said. In keeping with this theme, the football team’s Twitter account posted a video last week with a caption that process is more important than results.
— San Jose State Football (@SanJoseStateFB) August 6, 2022
One specific area of improvement is the rotation margin, where the 2020 team was plus-two, but the 2021 team regressed to minus-four.
“The biggest thing we’re trying to establish right now is just a huge focus on the turnover margin, protecting the football… The other side of the coin is taking it away defensively… We’re working on those two things every day,” Brennan told The All-Pro JAFFOS podcast.
According @CoachBrennanthe “turnover battle” is the emphasis in the camp
The @SanJoseStateFB The head coach, along with everyone else, has high expectations for the team this year
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In her KNBR interview, Brennan also weighed in on other football topics.
On Saturday, former San Jose State quarterback and Super Bowl head coach Dick Vermeil was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Vermeil spent much of his acceptance speech thanking generations of people who were part of his career, so Brennan returned the favor.
“He’s someone who guides me and we talk frequently. He supports us by donating to the program,” Brennan said of Vermeil.
Although San Jose State has signed several experienced transfers this year, Brennan acknowledged that the transfer portal has both advantages and disadvantages.
“I think it’s a good thing for young people if they know what they are doing when they decide to transfer. One of my concerns is. . . young men who forgo a college education and college football experience,” Brennan commented.
College sports’ biggest story of the year, UCLA and USC leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten in 2024, also impacted Brennan, a former UCLA wide receiver.
“I’m disappointed that we’re not going to see these games. . . [like] UCLA-Cal or Stanford or Washington,” Brennan said.
The 2022 football season begins for the Spartans on September 1 at CEFCU Stadium against opponents FCS Portland State, with kick-off at 7:30 p.m. (PT).