Here are the San Jose State players to watch as the Spartans host Boise State in a Mountain West football game Friday afternoon:
Tyler Ervin, tailback
Ervin leads the Mountain West with 1,417 rushing yards and is third with 13 rushing touchdowns. His 5.6-yard average ranks second among the conference’s 1,000-yard rushers.
He rushed for 300 yards against Fresno State and 263 against New Mexico.
Ervin also is tied for the team lead in receptions and returns kicks.
“He’s got good vision, and when that crease opens up, he’s got tremendous acceleration,” San Jose State coach Ron Caragher said, “so he can burst through the hole when there’s an opening.”
Kenny Potter, quarterback
Potter joined the Spartans in the spring out of Long Beach City College, won the starting job and developed into one of the best quarterbacks in the Mountain West.
He ranks third in passing yards (173.2 per game), second in efficiency (144.4) and second in total offense (206.6 per game), which incorporates his 300 rushing yards.
He missed two games with a sprained ankle.
“His attributes are rising to the surface. He’s making good decisions with the ball, he’s a very good athlete and runs the ball well,” Caragher said. “He’s got those skills of leadership. ... I think that’s been a really nice boost to our team, bringing Kenny in. It’s exciting to know we’ll have him back in 2016.”
Maurice McKnight, safety
McKnight ranks second on the team with 79 tackles and first with two forced fumbles. He also has an interception.
“Maurice McKnight, I think, is as good of a safety as there is, a really nice open-field tackler,” Caragher said.