Greeley Tribune, Greeley Tribune News, Greeley Tribune Sports

Brennan No. 24 of San Jose State is silent as Starkle against San Diego State.

San Jose State coach Brent Brennan, whose struggling team is in dire need of offense, has yet to say when injured quarterback Nick Starkle will return.

This is his policy.

“We’re not talking about injuries here,” Brennan said. “And I hope Starkle is ready to go soon.”

Asked on Monday if Starcall was possible, questionable, suspicious or out for Friday’s homecoming game against 24th-ranked San Diego State at the CEFCU Stadium, Brennan smiled.

“No,” he said, “it’s not the NFL, man.”

Once again, it looks like the keys to the crime will be backed up by Nick Nash, a double-threat QB who has not been able to find his rhythm in the meantime. Saturday’s 34-14 loss in Colorado State..

Nash threw a touchdown at the end of each half, going 4 of 4 for 104 yards on those two drives. The rest of the game, which consisted of nine yards, went 17 yards out of 6 for 48 yards with a pair of trades.

San Jose State (3-3, 1-1 Mountain West) needs Nash to be like the guy who returned in the second half at San Diego State in 2020 to replace the injured Starkle in the first quarter.

“I think we were all holding our breath a little bit at the time because Nick (Nash) didn’t play much and he didn’t play a full game,” Brennan said.

Nash completed 16 of 25 passes for 169 yards and two TDs, while running for 53 yards and winning 14 yards with 93 seconds in a 28-17 victory.

The performance came in the middle of the regular season, as the Spartans made their way from Mountain West to an unbeaten conference title.

Halfway through the current campaign, SJSU sees itself as an alternative to victory and defeat.

“Right now we’re in a different place,” Brennan said. And we have to find the ability to end the game.

San Diego State (5-0, 1-0) is the only unbeaten team in Mountain West.

The resume includes two wins over PAC 12 teams, Arizona and Utah.

The Aztecs dominate the trenches, are 11th in the rushing offense and second in the country in high-speed defense, allowing 50.0 yards per game.

“They know who they are and they play that identity well,” Brennan said. “They know how to be and they know who they want to be, that’s how they play football. And so far, who can argue with the results?”

After Saturday’s loss, Brennan was asked who he was angry with for scheduling a deal that included three games in four weeks in four time zones, followed by a series of conference games at short rest.

“I don’t like scheduling, but I don’t want to schedule,” Brennan said. “I have to play it right now, so I’m not wasting any time complaining about the schedule because it doesn’t matter. We just have to stand in line and play. Next week we’ll play on Thursday.” It doesn’t matter if we have to go to Tajuna or Mozambique or China, like, ‘Let’s go.’

%d bloggers like this: