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San Jose State heavy on defensive linemen

SAN JOSE — Newly hired coach Ron Caragher had the opportunity to watch a few practices as San Jose State prepared for the Military Bowl last December. He turned his observations into evaluations and decided to boost prospects on the defensive line for his first season at the helm.

The Spartans, who finished 11-2 and No. 21 in the AP Top 25, signed eight defensive linemen out of 20 overall commitments Wednesday.

San Jose State graduates three defensive ends, so Caragher went after a pair of JC linemen among the five who were signed from the community college ranks.

"When you have pressing needs you feel better with a 20- or 21-year-old who is more developed," Caragher said. "We can watch film of them playing against a higher level."

The Spartans also signed a tight end, linebacker and running back from various junior colleges.


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