The game is the first of four premier college football contests to be played at Levi's Stadium this season, concluding with the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 7, 2019.
The Spartans accomplished a lot in an hour scrimmage.
According to head coach Brent Brennan, the defense really stood out.
The SAMMYS were handed out for academic, athletics and community service excellence.
There were five pass plays of 30 or more yards.
Brent Brennan returned to San Jose State University on December 8, 2016, as the Spartans' new head football coach.
The 44-year old Brennan was an assistant coach with the Spartans during the 2005 through 2010 seasons under head coaches Dick Tomey and Mike MacIntyre. From 2011 through 2016, he coached receivers at Oregon State. The Beavers played Texas in the 2012 Alamo Bowl and won the 2013 Hawaii Bowl over Boise State. Oregon State had one of the best passing offenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) ranking in the top-20 in 2011 (19th), 2012 (20th) and 2013 (3rd).
At Oregon State, he coached All-American wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton and former school career pass receiving leader James Rodgers. Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner signifying the nation's top wide receivers, completed three prolific seasons with the New Orleans Saints and signed with the New England Patriots during player free agency.
Brennan first joined the Spartans in January 2005 after being named San Diego State's quarterbacks coach. He had a variety of duties at San Jose State. Brennan coached wide receivers, tight ends and offensive tackles, was a special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
Five wide receivers he recruited or coached are among the Spartans' top-10 career pass receiving leaders with 146 or more receptions. Brennan coached San Jose State's only two players with at least 200 career receptions and 3,000 career receiving yards, Noel Grigsby and Chandler Jones. He also coached Ryan Otten, the Spartans' career leader for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches by a tight end.
As the special teams coordinator, the 2008 Spartans were 20th nationally in kickoff returns and the 2007 team was ninth in punt returns.
A native of San Jose, Brennan began his coaching career at Woodside (Calif.) High School in 1996. He served as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii in 1998, at the University of Washington in 1999 and at the University of Arizona in 2000. From 2001 through 2004, he was the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Cal Poly.
As a college player, Brennan was a wide receiver for the 1991 through 1995 UCLA teams and lettered on the Bruins' 1993 Rose Bowl Squad. He majored in history and graduated from UCLA in 1996.
Brennan is a second-generation Spartan. His dad, the late Steve Brennan, was an end who lettered in the 1967 season. Brent and his wife, Courtney, have two daughters, Blake and Casey, and a son, Scott.
|Brent Brennan Facts|
|Born: March 20, 1973 in San Jose, Calif.|
|2017 San Jose State head football coach|
|2016 Oregon State University outside receivers coach|
|2011-15 Oregon State University wide receivers coach|
|2010 San José State University wide receivers coach|
|2009 San José State University offensive tackles & tight ends coach/special teams coordinator|
|2007-08 San José State University tight ends coach/special teams coordinator|
|2005-06 San José State University wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator|
|2001-04 Cal Poly assistant coach|
|2000 University of Arizona graduate assistant|
|1999 University of Washington graduate assistant|
|1998 University of Hawai'i graduate assistant|
|1996-97 Woodside (Calif.) High School assistant coach|
|Bowl Game Participation|
|2013 Hawai'i Bowl (coach)|
|2012 Alamo Bowl (coach)|
|2006 New Mexico Bowl (coach)|
|1998 Holiday Bowl (coach)|
|1993 Rose Bowl (player)|
|1991 John Hancock Sun Bowl (player)|
|They Played for Coach Brennan|
|Brandin Cooks, WR - New England Patriots, 4th NFL season|
|Obum Gwacham, DE – New Orleans Saints, 3rd NFL season|
|Markus Wheaton, WR - Chicago Bears, 5th NFL season|
|Victor Bolden, WR - San Francisco 49ers 2017 undrafted free agent signee|
|Ramses Barden, WR - Played six NFL seasons|
|John Broussard, WR – Played two NFL seasons|
|Adam Herzing, WR - Played one NFL season|
|Chandler Jones, WR - Played two professional seasons (practice squads)|
|James Jones, WR – Played nine NFL seasons|
|Kevin Jurovich, WR – Played one NFL season (practice squad)|
|Kassim Osgood, WR – Played 12 NFL seasons|
|Ryan Otten, TE – Played two NFL seasons (practice squads)|
|James Rodgers, WR – Played three professional seasons|
|Rufus Skillern, WR – Played three professional seasons|
|Jerramy Stevens, TE – Played nine NFL seasons|