Bill Walsh Legacy Classic preview

September 17, 2009 7:15:12 PM PDT
It's the battle of the South Bay this Saturday. Stanford is hosting San Jose State in the 3rd annual Bill Walsh Legacy Classic. The series dates back to 1900 and every once in a while, Sparty pulls off the upset.

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The Spartans are looking for their first win of the year and San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey has decided to end his two headed QB competition and start Jordan La Secla over Kyle Reed.

"He's going start this week and we'll see what he does with this opportunity. The main thing a quarterback has to do is win the game; that's what good quarterbacks do," says Tomey.

"Really excited. It's a good opportunity. I feel like our team is growing and this is a good chance to show what we are going to be able to do the rest of the season," says San Jose quarterback Jordan La Secla.

The Spartan defense will have to stop Stanford's Toby Gerhardt to have any chance for a victory.

"He's a great back and I give him all the credit he deserves. He moves his feet. He keeps going, he doesn't go down after one guy, you got to wrap him up, you got to gang tackle him," says SJ State linebacker Travis Jones.

Up the road from San Jose at Stanford, the Cardinals are coming off a tough loss to Wake Forest on the road and this is their home opener, so they aren't taking San Jose State lightly.

"The respect we have for the San Jose State program is a lot. It's going to be a competitive chip on the shoulder, both teams very much wanting to win this football game," says Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Cardinals will have their hands full with the Spartan's passing game, namely receiver Kevin Jurovich.

"He a great talent, runs precise routes, he's pretty fast. He's a great receiver. It will be a challenge for us this week," says Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman.

With the passing of Bill Walsh two years ago, it really seems to add to the legacy of Coach Walsh and this game.

"He's done so much for both programs, so much for Bay Area sports, so much for football in general, and so to play in that game is a special honor," says San Jose State Receiver Kevin Jurovich.

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