Terry Malley's 64th birthday began with another morning of San Jose State University football. Since spring practice, he's been back with the Spartans in the newly created role of football analyst.
"My job is I sit in on all the offensive meetings, the coaches meetings and all the team meetings and if they ask questions about how football was played 40 years ago, I think I'm the guy they go to," said Malley, whose first tenure with the Spartans spanned the 2009 through 2014 seasons.
During practice, Malley lends a keen eye to the daily activities and has come away impressed at this stage of the preseason.
"I've really been impressed. We've made some nice strides from the spring to the fall. The freshman class is really a good class. It's added a lot of depth to the program and our older kids have made a nice commitment to the summer through now. You can see development in a lot of those guys. It's been a pleasant thing to watch," said the former Santa Clara University quarterback who would go on to be the head coach at his alma mater.
"There are a lot of position groups you say, `Oh, boy, they made a nice jump.' I see more of the offense than the defense. We have more depth in the offensive line. You can see those young guys have worked hard. The wide receiver group has become a real deep group. The quarterbacks are competing and you can tell they spent time during the summer studying the game. The running backs -- there's competition there. We have one of the better tight ends in the country. And, I think we have a few guys behind him making nice strides, too."
The son of legendary Santa Clara football head coach and athletics director Pat Malley has been around the game of football his entire life.
"It's 64 of them (birthdays). I was born into a good family. I've been around football all my life which means I've been around a lot of great young men that I've been able to touch and make my life much better and I'm very appreciative of the things I've been blessed with," he concluded.
The Spartans have practices scheduled August 7, 9 and 10 starting at 10:00 a.m. There is a Saturday, August 11 scrimmage on the practice field beginning at 5:00 p.m. followed by the first "Movie Night" in CEFCU Stadium. "Little Giants" is the feature film. There is no charge to watch the scrimmage and $5.00 fee for Movie Night for adults not yet members of the new Shield 365 donation program.