Prospect Preview: San Jose State v. BYU

SS Duke Ihenacho is the prospect to watch in this matchup

San Jose State will travel to Provo for a battle with the Cougars. We expect this game to get pretty lopsided in a hurry as we don’t see a way that the Spartans can stop this BYU offense. BYU will have to contain RB Brandon Rutley but in the end we think the team with the superior talent wins and that’s BYU.

San Jose State-

RB Brandon Rutley (5’10, 192 lbs.)

A strong and powerful runner, Rutley has broken out this year going for over 500 yards and 6 TD’s already this season. He’s the only consistent threat for the Spartan offense so we expect BYU to key on him by overloading the box.

TE Ryan Otten (6’5, 230 lbs.)*

The top receiving option for SJSU, Otten has nice size and good hands. He’s not much of an inline blocker and is often flexed out into the slot. Not a lot of wiggle to his game and we don’t think he’s a big threat to stretch the seam. Otten is most effective when working in the red zone.

OT David Quessenberry (6’6, 290 lbs.)*

Queeseenberry needs to get a bit stronger at the POA as he can get pushed back into the pocket on the bull rush. He has solid feet that allow him a balanced base but he can get over extended and will bend at the waist.

DE Travis Johnson (6’3, 235 lbs.)*

A very productive junior has been counted on this year to make a number of plays. His 27 tackles show you how active he has been in run defense, and many expect his negative yardage plays (TFL, and sacks) to start to pick up in the second half of the season. He will be tested v. Matt Reynolds.

CB James Orth (6’2, 190 lbs.)*

A converted WR, Orth has rare size for the position and he’s been extremely active since switching sides of the ball. He leads the team in tackles with 34, and he’s also picked off 2 passes and deflected two more. He’s quickly becoming a guy to watch this year.

SS Duke Ihenacho (6’1, 210 lbs.)

Ihenacho is the top San Jose prospect this year and ranks as our #2 SS in the 2012 class. He does a good job reading the QB and is quite possibly the surest tackling S in the WAC. We’d like to see him get more aggressive and attack the ball while it’s in the air more.


OT Matt Reynolds (6’4, 316 lbs.)

At one time Reynolds was widely considered to be a top round OT prospect but in the past couple of years scouts have noticed that Reynolds has issues with his footwork and strength and it has lead many (BBD included) to project him to move inside to OG. He uses his hands very well and protected from speed rushers we think he could be a very effective OG who can pull.

OG Branden Hansen- (6’6, 310 lbs.)

Hansen is one of the strongest players on the BYU team and he does a good job holding his own at the POA. His technique is not nearly as refined as other OG’s in this class and he will need to be coached up at the next level.

OT Braden Brown (6’6, 300 lbs.)

We actually like Brown as an OT more than Reynolds, he does a very good job against the bull rush and shows good awareness on blitzes and twists. He is a big reason why BYU ranks 20th in the country in sacks allowed, allowing only 1 per game.

DT Hebron Fangupo (6’1, 300 lbs.)

A little bit undersized Fangupo has been a monster to try and block this season he already has 5.5 TFL’s, to go along with 18 tackles. He does a great job getting his hands up and into passing lanes, and he is not afraid to give a little chase when the QB escapes outside of the pocket.

CB Corby Eason (5’8, 180 lbs.)

Eason is another undersized defender who has been playing well above his height. His 7 pass deflections by far lead the team and he’s done a great job breaking on the ball. Its only a matter of time before these pass deflection start becoming INT’s.

Tags: BYU, Cougars, Duke Ihenacho, Matt Reynolds, SJSU, Spartans

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