Spartans Open Their 99th Football Season At Tulsa

Aug. 28, 2016

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Upcoming game: San José State at Tulsa Saturday, September 3, 2016 H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, Okla., 4:00 p.m. (PT)/6:00 p.m. (CT) CBS Sports Network

2015 San José State record: 6-7, 4-4 Mountain West. The Spartans tied for second in the conference's West Division and won the inaugural AutoNation Cure Bowl over Georgia State, 27-16.

2015 Tulsa record: 6-7, 3-5 American Athletic Conference. The Golden Hurricanes finished fourth in the conference's West Division and lost to Virginia Tech, 55-52, in the Camping World Independence Bowl.

Series history: The series is tied, 3-3. The teams are meeting for the first time since 2004 when San José State and Tulsa were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Tulsa has wins in the last two meetings including a 34-24 decision in Tulsa on November 20, 2004. San José State's last win in the series was a 49-38 triumph in Tulsa on November 16, 2002. The Spartans have a 1-2 win-loss record in games played in Tulsa.

Play-by-Play Radio Coverage: KLIV (1590 AM, San José) originates San José State football broadcasts. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. Air time for the KLIV broadcast from Tulsa, Okla., is 3:30 p.m. (PT).

San José State has four network affiliates.

KION (1460 AM/101.1 FM, Salinas) KFIV (1360 AM, Modesto) KWSX (1280 AM, Stockton) ESPN Desportes (910 AM, San Francisco)

Television: The CBS Sports Network will televise the Tulsa game. Carter Blackburn calls the play-by-play. Aaron Taylor serves as the game analyst. Jenny Dell is the sideline reporter. The CBS Sports Network teelcast begins at 6:00 p.m. (CT)/4:00 p.m. (PT).

The CBS Sports Network is available on:

AT&T Uverse Channels 643, 1643 HD
Comcast/XFinity Channels 418, 732 HD
DirecTV Channel 221
DISH Network Channels 158, 158 HD

Weekly Press Conference: The weekly San José State football press conference is in the Simpkins Stadium Center Gold Room on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. (PT). Coach Ron Caragher takes questions from the media in a live setting that is streamed on The Mountain West Network through The press conference also is archived at

Ron Caragher Radio Show: The one-hour weekly Ron Caargher Radio Show airs on KLIV (1590 AM, San José), Thursdays, at 7:00 p.m. The show is taped each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Famous Dave's in San José's The Plant shopping center located at 61 Curtner Road.

Ron Caragher on KRTY FM: San José State head coach Ron Caragher is heard weekly on KRTY (95.3 FM) and KLIV (1590 AM, San José), Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. (PT). Gary Scott Thomas and Julie Stevens serve as co-hosts.

Ron Caragher on KNBR 1050 AM: San José State head coach Ron Caragher is heard weekly on KNBR 1050 (San Francisco), Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (PT). Ted Ramey is the host of the show.

Opening a season on September 3: For the second season in a row, San José State opens a football season on September 3. The Spartans have a 3-2 record and a road win on this date.

Season Opponent Score
2015 New Hampshire 43-13 (W)
2011 at #6-Stanford 57-3 (L)
2005 Eastern Washington 35-24 (W)
1994 at Fresno State 45-13 (L)
1988 at New Mexico State 51-0 (W)


15 returning starters: San José State heads into the season opener at Tulsa with 15 returning starters from last year's AutoNation Cure Bowl championship team.

Offense (8)
Defense (6)
Special Teams (1)
OG Jeremiah Kolone (23) DE Nick Oreglia (13) P Michael Carrizosa
C Keoni Taylor (13) DE Isaiah Irving (26)
OG Chris Gonzalez (13) LB Christian Tago (31)
OT Nate Velichko (25) LB Frank Ginda (11)
TE Billy Freeman (28) DB Andre Chachere (10)
QB Kenny Potter (10) S Maurice McKnight (19)
RB Shane Smith (17)
WR Tim Crawley (15) Number of career starts in parentheses

Possible first time starters: Based on the August 23 depth chart, six Spartans, two on offense and four on defense, are in line to make their first major college start in the opener at Tulsa. Left tackle Troy Kowalski and wide receiver Rahshead Johnson are the two most likely first-time starters on offense. Defensive lineman Owen Roberts and defensive backs Trevon Bierria, Dakari Monroe and Jeremy Kelly could get their first starting call on the defensive side.

New look to the kicking game: There will be San José State players in new roles and new responsibilities for returning Spartans in the kicking game.

Punter Michael Carrizosa is adding holding and kickoff responsibilities to his 2016 season repertoire. Carrizosa will be holding for Bryce Crawford, who is ahead of Jake Lanski, for the kick scoring responsibilities.

Freshman James Workman tops the depth chart as the long snapper for the Tulsa game. He is the first new San José State long snapper since the 2012 when Ryan DiSalvo, recently released by the Miami Dolphins, took over those duties for the next four seasons.

Rahshead Johnson is expected to join Tim Crawley returning kickoffs. Crawley will be the primary punt returner replacing Tyler Ervin, now with the Houston Texans.

Precision passing in a third consecutive season opener?: In San José State's last two season openers, Spartan quarterbacks completed 86.9 percent of their passes without an interception for 678 yards and four touchdowns. Kenny Potter, the Mountain West's most accurate passer last season, was 13-of-14 for 167 yards and no touchdowns in the 2015 season opener against New Hampshire.

The graduate transfer: Running back Deontae Cooper from the University of Washington and wide receiver Dontonio Jordan from Stanford University are two graduate transfers on the 2016 San Jose State football team.