1999 Spartan Football Schedule
Home Games "H"
* Denotes WAC Games
Sept 4 LSU
Sept 11 Colorado
Sept 18 St. Mary's "H"
Sept 25 *Tulsa "H"
Oct 2 Stanford
Oct 9 *TCU
Oct 16 *Rice
Oct 23 *SMU "H"
Oct 30 *UTEP
Nov 6 *Hawaii "H"
Nov 20 *Fresno State
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM NOTEBOOK - Fox Sports Net
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM NOTEBOOK
As of 3:42 pm ET, Thu, Feb 4 1999
SAN JOSE STATE 1998 record: 4-8 overall, 3-5 WAC
By Rick Eymer
College Sports Xchange
Seeking help particularly in the offensive and defensive lines and looking to improve team speed at as many positions as possible, San Jose State signed six
offensive and three defensive linemen among the 26 who signed.
Offensive guard Jeremy Dominguez (6-4, 340, Jr.) from Fresno City College, a first-team junior college All-America, is the largest player ever recruited by
"We wanted junior college offensive linemen with size to go along with the young offensive linemen who have been in our program for two years," said San
Jose State coach Dave Baldwin. "Now, for the first time, we can have competition as well as depth in our offensive line."
One of the incoming defensive linemen, Bryan Yeager (6-2, 290, Sr.) has Division I-A experience, starting at Rutgers under former San Jose State coach
Speed was also important for the Spartans, who are counting on Kenny Nears, John Fernandez and Eugene Childs to help at wide receiver. Darian Morton
is a speedy running back.
"We added a speed element at the wide receiver and running back positions," said Baldwin. "Our number one goal was to improve our team speed at every
Morton and fellow newcomer Stanley Joyner ranked one and four among California junior college running backs, respectively, in average yards per carry
last season. Morton, who rushed for 1,284 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaged 8.4 yards per carry while Joyner, who averaged 7.6 yards per rush, ran for
653 yards and five scores in 1998.
The one quarterback signing with San Jose State is Brennan Crooks (6-1, 161, So.) from West Los Angeles College. Crooks, who has three seasons of
eligibility remaining, played quarterback and wide receiver at the junior college level. As a high school senior, he threw 36 touchdown passes. He'll get a
chance to start ahead of returners Chris Kasteler and Marcus Arroyo.
One of Crooks' targets at Westchester High School in Los Angeles was Childs (6-1, 172, Fr.). Childs caught 67 passes for 1,476 yards and 19
touchdowns earning prep All-America honors from Blue Chip magazine in 1997.
Nears (6-0, 171, Jr.) had 42 receptions for 819 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Fernandez (5-9, 145, Fr.), who had 103 receptions for 2,379 yards and 26 touchdowns in two high school seasons, is the son of former San Jose State and
Los Angeles Raiders' starting wide receiver Mervyn Fernandez.
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
STILL LOOKING: San Jose State coach Dave Baldwin said he is still talking to candidates to replace offensive line coach Bob Bostad, who is now at
New Mexico, and offensive coordinator Steve Hagen, who's at California.
HEAD OF THE CLASS: Jeremy Dominguez, a junior college All-America at Fresno City College last year, is the largest player ever recruited by San Jose
State. Dominguez, at 6-foot-4, 340-pounds, will probably start at left guard for the Spartans. "He's as good as they get," said coach Dave Baldwin.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Quarterback Brendan Crooks may earn the starting spot next year. He was injured in the second game of the season for West Los
Angeles City College last year and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
STILL CHASING: There may be a surprise or two left, but no one is naming any names at this point. Check back in the fall.
GOT AWAY: At least three players from San Jose city high schools opted to attend other schools. Offensive lineman Derek Martinez from Bellarmine Prep
is headed for Northwestern, linebacker Onyeka Ossai of Oak Grove High School is going to Utah and Oak Grove linebacker Marcus Reese committed to
TOP RECRUITER: The two assistant coaches who left the program were known as the better recruiters in the program, yet Baldwin claimed they didn't
lose a single recruit as a result.
HOW THEY FARED: Offensively the Spartans did a good job of filling holes, especially along the offensive line. There's still some question on the defensive
line and in the defensive secondary. San Jose State got players there, but probably not enough. BY THE NUMBERS: 15 -- The number of junior college
players successfully recruited by San Jose State.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Our number one goal was to go get speed. We felt we did that." -- San Jose State coach Dave Baldwin.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
QUARTERBACK: With three quarterbacks already in the fold, San Jose State was looking for someone from the junior college ranks who might be able to
jump right in and start next season as Marcus Arroyo continues to develop. This is one area that has concerned coach Dave Baldwin in the two years he has
been at San Jose State.
-- Brennan Crooks, 6-1, 161, Inglewood, Calif. (West Los Angeles CC) -- Cooks will have three years of eligibility with the Spartans, as he was injured
two games into the 1998 season. ... He was a quarterback and wide receiver in his freshman year at West L.A. College. ... As a senior at Westchester High
School in Los Angeles, he passed for 2,000 yards, 36 touchdowns and rushed for seven scores. ... He also lettered in basketball and tennis.
RUNNING BACKS: While the Spartans retain two quality backs in Deonce Whitaker, the undisputed starter heading into spring drills, and Donte
Scarbrough, there's never too many good runners. Also look for redshirt Roger Ratliff to get a good look.
-- Stanley Joyner, 5-11, 209, Martinez, Calif. (Diablo Valley CC) -- A wide receiver prospect joining the Spartans this spring, Joyner was a 1998 Region I
all-state selection playing who played at Diablo Valley College, where he split time between wide receiver and running back during his two season
community college career. ... As a sophomore, he was fourth in the state of California for average yards per carry with his 7.6 average. He rushed 86 times
for 653 yards and five touchdowns. ... Joyner also was 12th in kickoff returns with a 26.1 yards per return average and 32nd in all-purpose running with a
-- Darian Morton, 5-7, 175, Vacaville, Calif. (Chabot CC) -- A 1998 Region II first-team all-state selection, Morton rushed for 2,132 yards during his two
seasons at Chabot College. ... He had the best yards per carry average among 1998 California junior college running backs at 8.4.
WIDE RECEIVERS: San Jose State is losing its top two receivers from last year, and looked for both immediate help and depth here. Waking Bailey,
Shawn Green and Eric Ruhle are the top returners.
-- Eugene Childs, 6-1, 172, Los Angeles (Westchester HS) -- A big-play pass receiver at the prep level, Childs was a 1998 Blue Chip All-America
selection who caught 67 passes for 1,476 yards and 19 touchdowns his senior year. ... He also played defensive back and was a return specialist. ... Childs
had four interceptions and five returns, three kickoffs and two punts, for touchdowns. ... As a junior, he had 24 receptions for 436 yards and nine
touchdowns. ... All of his touchdown receptions in 1996 came from passes thrown by Brennan Crooks, a quarterback recruited by San Jose State.
-- John Fernandez, 5-9, 145, San Jose, Calif. (Willow Glen HS) -- A local kid with San Jose State connections. ... His father, Mervyn Fernandez, played
on the 1981 team and went on to play in both the Canadian Football League and National Football League.
-- Kenny Nears, 6-0, San Diego (Southwestern CC) -- A first-team all-conference selection last year at Southwestern College, Nears was 23rd in the state
for pass receptions with 42 receptions for 819 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games. ... He also tied for 25th in scoring among 1998 California jucos. ...
As a freshman, he was an honorable mention all-conference receiver who had 27 receptions for 465 yards and six touchdowns.
-- Josh Richards, 6-3, 215, Dos Palos, Calif. (Dos Palos HS) -- A 1998 first-team all-state selection by Student Sports after catching 10 touchdown
passes his senior season. ... Defensively, he was a first-team all-league pick as a middle linebacker.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: With six new linemen in the fold, the Spartans feel they added both quality and depth to that area.
-- Edrick Contreras, 6-1, 306, Vista, Calif. (Vista HS) -- A football and track and field letter winner, Contreras is projected as an offensive guard
candidate. ... His older brother Bruno is also on the team.
-- Jeremy Dominguez, 6-4, 340, Fresno, Calif. (Fresno CC) -- A 1998 junior college All-America selection, Dominguez is the largest player ever recruited
by San Jose State. ... He was a first-team JC Athletic Bureau and second-team JC Grid Wire All-America offensive line choice.
-- Roger Neadeau, 6-3, 256, Oxnard, Calif. (Moorpark CC) -- A two-time all-conference pick.
-- Erik Van Gaalen, 6-4, 251, Denair, Calif. (Modesto CC) -- A two-time Region II first-team all-state selection.
-- Ryan Wadkowski, 6-5, 302 Santa Paula, Calif. (Moorpark CC) -- A two-time all-conference selection as a left tackle, receiving first team honors in
-- LaMons Walker, 6-3, 286, Concord, Calif. (Concord HS) -- He was a three-time all-league and two-time all-city football choice. ... In track and field,
he was a league champion in the shot put and was second in the discus throw.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: This was a problem area last year, mainly because of injuries. The Spartans still have to stay healthy, as depth remains a concern.
-- Greg Brinson, 6-2, 280, Azusa, Calif. (Citrus CC) -- A second-team pick as a sophomore and an honorable mention choice his freshman season. ... The
graduate of Monrovia (Calif.) High School lettered in football and baseball.
-- Johnie Warren, 6-5, 270, San Bernardino, Calif. (San Bernardino Valley CC) -- In his two junior college seasons, he collected 16 quarterback sacks.
The graduate of Pomona (Calif.) High School lettered in football and basketball.
-- Bryan Yeager, 6-2, 290, San Jose, Calif. (De Anza CC) -- Started all 11 games at left tackle for Rutgers University (coach Terry Shea) in 1997 and was
eighth on the team in tackles with 46.
LINEBACKERS: The strength of the team. The Spartans recruited for depth and the future here.
-- Marshall Blount, 6-1, 210, Miami (West Hills CC) -- Credited with 36 quarterback sacks in his two seasons at the community college level including 16
in 1998. ... He was named his team's "Most Valuable Player" and was named the "Most Valuable Player" of the Pacific Graffiti Bowl.
-- Tyrone Evans, 6-2, 233, Stockton, Calif. (Lincoln HS) -- A second-team all-state choice by Student Sports and a first-team all-area pick his senior
-- Otis Neal, 6-1, 237, Austin, Texas (San Bernardino Valley CC) -- A 1997 second-team all-conference selection, led his team with nine quarterback
sacks and was credited with 53 tackles. ... The graduate of Del Valle High School in Austin, Texas, lettered in football, basketball and track.
-- Ron Ockimey, 6-1, 200, Fort Irwin, Calif. (San Bernardino Valley CC) -- An honorable mention all-conference selection last season at San Bernardino
Valley College. Ockimey also played one season at Victor Valley College and led his team in tackles.
-- Chris Tandy, 6-3, 230, Fontana, Calif. (Chaffey CC) -- Was credited with 31 first hits, 19 second hits and four quarterback sacks last season. ... He
also caused three fumbles and broke up six passes.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Still the major area of concern.
-- Kevin Boyer, 5-8, 153, Los Angeles (Serra HS) -- Was named his league's "Back of the Year" and was a first-team all-league running back as a senior.
... Also a sprinter on the track team.
-- Sedric Hurns, 5-9, 182, Los Angeles (Taft HS) -- Was a 1997 all-state and all-league selection. The two-sport letter winner also was a sprinter on his
track and field team.
-- Demitris Starks, 6-1, 189, San Jose, Calif. (Oak Grove HS) -- Named his league's "Most Outstanding Defensive Back" last season. ... Was a
cornerback and wide receiver in high school. ... As a senior, he had six interceptions and was credited with 48 tackles on defense and caught 18 passes for
402 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver.
KICKERS: The Spartans will be looking for on campus help here. 1999 SCHEDULE (tentative)
Sept. 4 -- at Louisiana State
Sept. 11 -- at Colorado
Sept. 18 -- St. Mary's (Calif.)
Sept. 25 -- Tulsa
Oct. 2 -- at Stanford
Oct. 9 -- at TCU
Oct. 16 -- at Rice
Oct. 23 -- SMU
Oct. 30 -- at UTEP
Nov. 6 -- Hawaii
Nov. 20 -- at Fresno State
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