San Jose State held its annual spring game on Saturday, concluding Spring Camp. The usual scrimmage between the different offensive and defensive units was just one part of the larger community event that included a youth football camp, Easter egg hunt, and a beer festival.
Relevant to the ongoing campaign to renovate the athletic facilities at South Campus, director of athletics Marie Tuite had a major announcement about plans to renovate the football stadium.
In a Town Hall meeting held nearly two hours prior to the scrimmage, Tuite announced a June 5th groundbreaking date for the $40 million Football Operations Center, a proposed four story building that would host offices for the coaches, luxury suites for fans, and a team auditorium among other amenities. CEFCU Stadium, formerly Spartan Stadium, was built in 1933 with little significant changes to its look other than the seating expansion from 18,000 to 30,456 seats in the 1980’s and a video scoreboard installed in the early 2010’s. A time for the groundbreaking ceremony is still to be determined.
Now about the game, the game had 11 segments with two breaks with rotations of the following units: first team offense vs. second team defense, second team offense vs. first team defense, and third team offense vs. third team defense.
In the 11 segments, there were three touchdowns, two field goals, and one turnover.
Josh Love, who was the primary starter in 2018, completed four of 11 attempts for 54 yards. Love’s touchdown pass was a 33-yard completion to Tre Walker, who caught three passes for 51 yards on the day.
Chance LaChappelle, a walk-on redshirt freshman who saw limited action off the bench in 2018 as a true freshman (played in only two games maintaining the redshirt), completed 13 of 19 passes for 96 yards and an interception.
Nick Nash, a grayshirt freshman who enrolled at SJSU in January, completed four of eight passes for 23 yards and a touchdown.
JaQuan Blackwell had five catches for 41 yards, and Steven Houston had one catch for 19 yard touchdown from Nash.
There was a total of 161 rushing yards on 41 attempts, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Redshirt senior DeJon Parker led with 58 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
On defense, Jesse Osuna and Cade Hall each had a sack on the quarterback.
Nehemiah Shelton had an interception, the only defensive takeaway in the spring game. Zamore Zigler, Johnny Balderas, and Brandon Ezell were among the defensive backs who had pass breakups.
On special teams, with the graduation of punter and placekicker Bryce Crawford and the transfer of backup punter Brian Papazian to Division 2 Azusa Pacific, the Spartans will have new faces on special teams this year. There were no misses among the three kickers who played on Saturday.
Redshirt freshman Matt Mercurio hit on all three of his attempts, going two for two on PAT’s and making a 29-yard field goal. Sophomore Chris Wood, a JUCO transfer from Glendale Community College, made a 20-yard field goal. Freshman Sox Lee converted his PAT attempt.
Alex Galland, a graduate transfer from Yale, was the only punter in action. He had five punts for 139 yards, averaging 37.8 yards per punt.