September 12, 2007

Secondary to face another passing test

Four San Jose State quarterbacks combined to go 28 of 41 passing for 220 yards against Kansas State's secondary Saturday, exposing some weaknesses in the unit in the process. Receivers were routinely able to create separation downfield during Saturday's contest, but Spartan wideouts dropped balls, that if caught, could have caused safety Marcus Watts, and the rest of K-State's defensive backs giant-sized headaches. With another pass-happy opponent on the docket this weekend, questions definitely remain to be answered when it comes to the Wildcats' ability to defend the pass.

Both of San Jose State's touchdowns came through the air in last weekend's game, and Spartan quarterbacks completed passes to nine different receivers in the contest, keeping a group of defensive backs that were once viewed as a team strength, confused and off balance.

"They had a very challenging system. They had a very challenging scheme," K-State coach Ron Prince said. "We want to play aggressively, and I think it was a good learning experience for us. I know some people may have been looking for a shutout. Some people may have been looking for zero yards passing, but we weren't. We understood that their quarterback was a terrific player."

Unfortunately, it wasn't just one quarterback that hurt the Wildcats on Saturday, The quartet of Spartan quarterbacks combined to account for more than 75 percent of San Jose State's total offense, and while the Wildcats' defensive backfield didn't exactly look to be in shambles, it became clear there are certainly areas that could stand to be touched up.

"We have some things to improve on," said safety Gary Chandler of the K-State secondary. "The main thing I see is staying on our players. We also have to stop making stupid penalties."

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