San Jose State Players to Watch: David Fales QB(10) #10 SR -- Noel Grigsby WR(11) #23 SR -- Nicholas Kaspar RG(34) #75 SR -- Travis Raciti DT(17) #3 JR -- Keith Smith ILB(20) #31 SR -- Vince Buhagiar OLB(18) #36 SR -- Bene Benwiekere CB(29) #21 SR
Colorado State Players to Watch: Crockett Gilmore TE(10) #10 SR – Weston Richburg C(15) #70 SR – Chris Nwoke RB(42) #9 SR – Jordan Gragert RG(52) #64 SR – Shaquil Barrett OLB(24) #56 SR – Aaron Davis WLB() #37 JR – Cory James SLB(60) #31 SO – Shaq Bell CB #3 SR – Trent Matthews FS(37) #16 SO
Key Matchups: Richburg #70 v. Raciti #3 -- Grigsby #21 v. Bell #3 – Gilmore #10 v. Buhagiar #36
Preview: Since I haven’t watched much of CSU this year, I don’t know what to expect, particularly from their defense. Gilmore and Richburg are two of the top players at their positions. I’ll be watching to see how Gilmore is blocking because his receiving stats don’t jump off the page at you. On D, CSU’s strength is in their LB corps. Their pass rushing and cover skills will be tested by David Fales & Co. Fales has struggled some this year. He’s thrown more picks, and does look to be the sniper he was last year. I am unconvinced of his arm strength. I want to see him deliver passes with authority. I’ll also be watching Grisby’s impact in the return game. It’s likely that he’s going to have to make the NFL as a special teamer at first. On defense for SJSU, I’ll be looking at Travis Raciti’s impact. I thought he played really well against Stanford, but has been quieter lately. This is an important game for both teams to see if they can solidify their status in the 2nd tier of the MWC.