Carrying his playing experiences from the University of Michigan and the National Football League to San Jose State University, Adam Stenavich is excited about his new role as the Spartans new offensive line coach and playing in the Mountain West Conference.
"Being a part of the Mountain West Conference, I think it's one of the better conferences in college football." said Stenavich who has a goal of expanding the team's running game in 2015. "I'm very excited about that opportunity.
"We want to be known for a physical running game and protecting the quarterback. Those are the two main things for us as an offensive that we are going to pride ourselves in."
The 2006 Michigan graduate described the Spartans' offensive linemen as a group of blue-collar tough guys.
"I really like the group, I was fortunate when I got here to inherit a really good group. I'm pretty fired up about the steps we've taken," said the Marshfield, Wis., native.
During his five years in the NFL, Stenavich was with the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, spending most of his time with Green Bay and Houston.
Being from Wisconsin, Stenavich said playing on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field for the Packers was pretty cool.
"It's probably colder than you think," said the former two-time, first-team All-Big Ten Conference offensive tackle.
Coming to San Jose State also gave Stenavich the chance to reconnect with new offensive coordinator Al Borges. After his career in the NFL, Stenavich returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant under Borges.
Last year, Stevavich was the offensive line coach and run coordinator at Northern Arizona University. The Lumberjacks rushed for 1,764 yards and finished the 2014 season 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big Sky Conference.
With four returning starters in the offensive line and a crew of healthy running backs, San Jose State will be looking for at least as much production from its running game this season.
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---- by Brian S. Stanley, San Jose State University Athletics Media Relations student assistant