More than 100 candidates looking to make their mark on San Jose State University's 100th football season take the field Friday, July 28, for the Spartans' first fall preseason practice.
Along with first-year head coach Brent Brennan, the team will be on the practice adjacent to CEFCU Stadium starting at 3:45 p.m.
The new San Jose State head coach has 17 returning starters and 34 overall returning letterwinners from last year's team embarking on a 13-game schedule that starts with USF (South Florida), Saturday, August 26, in CEFCU Stadium, at 4:30 p.m. (PT).
"We have to get our guys to understand they have to play their tails at full speed every snap. The only way you get that is demanding in practice and teaching them how it looks," says Brennan, who was a San Jose State assistant coach from 2005 through the 2010 seasons. "Teams think they do it, but they don't."
"I thought it (the spring) was a good start, but I think there were enough moments from the spring where we can put on the tape and show the guys, `This is full speed. This is playing hard and this is not. Do we see the difference?'"
Brennan also will watching for the Spartans to go at full speed collectively on both sides of the ball. Like the spring, practices will be open to the public.
"When we get fans, youngsters, and recruits to watch practice and be a part of it, it gets them engaged. It gives them a chance to what we are about, how we are going to play football, how we coach our players, how we work. I want them to see all that," Brennan says. "I think it's really important at San Jose State that we find a way to connect with our community. An easy way to do that is by making practice open."
Most practices take place from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. either on the practice field or in CEFCU Stadium. Scrimmages are scheduled for Saturday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. and Saturday, August 12, at 1:00 p.m.
|San Jose State||Preseason Football||
|Fri., July 28||3:45 - 5:55 p.m.||Thurs., Aug. 10||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.|
|Sat., July 29||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Fri., Aug. 11||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.|
|Sun., July 30||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Sat., Aug. 12 Football v. Futbol||11:00 a.m.|
|Mon., July 31||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Sat., Aug. 12 Fan Fest||12:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Aug. 1||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Sat., Aug. 12 scrimmage||1:00 - 3:00 p.m.|
|Wed., Aug. 2||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Sat., Aug. 12 QB Club barbecue||4:00 p.m.|
|Thurs., Aug. 3||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||
Mon., Aug. 14
|9:00 - 11:00 a.m.|
|Fri., Aug. 4||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Tues., Aug. 15||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.|
|Sat., Aug. 5 scrimmage||11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Wed., Aug. 16||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.|
|Mon., Aug. 7||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Thurs., Aug. 17||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.|
|Tues., Aug. 8||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Fri., Aug. 18||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.|
|Wed., Aug. 9||9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||* - schedule subject to change|