There are 13 returning starters among more than 80 players suiting up for spring practice.
The Spartans played their best defensive game of the season.
San José State can even its record in Mountain West play at UNLV.
A 60-play spring practice football scrimmage only took about an hour.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: In his third season with the Spartans... 21 games played with seven starting calls... A returning starter as a cornerback and a contributing special teams player... Signed a National Letter-of-Intent in February 2015.
2016: Saw action in all 12 games... Was a starter in the first six games and in the UNLV win (10/29)... Finished the season with 16 tackles and a fumble recovery at Iowa State...Season-high five tackles against Utah (9/17).
2015: Played in nine games... Used mainly as a special teams player... Saw some action as a nickel back in passing situations as the season progressed... Credited with one tackle for the season which came on kickoff coverage against Boise State (11/27).
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 CalHiSports fourth-team all-state and two-time first-team underclass all-state honoree at Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose (Coaches Dan Brown and Matt Haniger)... Played running back, wide receiver, defensive back and was used as return specialist... intercepted 10 passes as a defensive back... Named to CalHiSports' lists for 2012 first-team all-state sophomores and 2013 first-team all-state juniors... A two-time San Jose Mercury News All-Central Coast Section second-team and four-time West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) honoree... Second-team All-WCAL honors as a sophomore and first team selections his final two seasons... The 2013 WCAL Most Valuable Wide Receiver... Caught 19 passes for 406 yards averaging 21.4 yards per catch and scored five touchdowns as a junior... Two-sport letter winner was a guard on the basketball team.
MORE ON DAKARI: A communication studies major... Enjoys learning card tricks... Lists Will Smith and Denzel Washington among his favorite actors... He is a native of San José.