SAN JOSE -- There was no clear-cut winner in the quarterback battle during San Jose State's first scrimmage of training camp Saturday.

Senior Blake Jurich completed 8 of 18 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. He started slowly, but led a pair of scoring drives during the two-minute drill. That included a 40-yard touchdown to Hansell Wilson.

Junior Joe Gray, the presumptive leader for the starting job, hit on his first four passes and was 6 of 10 for 68 yards. His efforts were stalled by a pair of improvised shovel passes that didn't connect.

"There's a couple things I left out there, trying to get the shovel there," Gray said. "If I hit a couple of those, I felt like I had a pretty good day."

One of the shovel passes came on a fourth-and-1 play during the two-minute drill that brought that drive to an end.

"He really could've ran," coach Ron Caragher said of the play. "You want to get the ball to the back and the back had turned up to block. A couple missed opportunities but Joe was solid."

Gray led four possessions resulting in a 34-yard Austin Lopez field goal, a missed field goal from 60 yards by Michael Carrizosa and two turnovers on downs.

Jurich struggled in the first half of the scrimmage, completing 2 of 7 passes for 21 yards on a pair of drives that stalled. His first drive of the second half also stalled, but both possessions in the two-minute drill were successful.


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He hit Wilson for the touchdown on a double move that left no defenders within 10 yards. Another drive reached the 7-yard line before Lopez kicked a 25-yard field goal.

"I think the defense had some good plays called against our offense the first couple of series," Jurich said. "We just stuck with it, stuck to the game plan, came out and did our thing."

Caragher expects to name the starter sometime shortly after next Saturday's final scrimmage of camp. Both quarterbacks are trying to avoid getting caught up in the competition.

"Go out and be myself," Gray said of his mindset. "Just play ball. You can't put too much pressure on it. You can't have the weight of the world on your shoulders."

As for Jurich, he said he's "not thinking too much, just competing like I have been the last four years I've been here. I competed against one of the best quarterbacks in the nation last year (David Fales). Nothing's harder than that."

No. 3 quarterback Malik Watson also had his best day since joining the Spartans this spring.

He completed his first four passes and on his first drive was 3 of 3 for 31 yards and he hit talented true freshman Justin Holmes for a 9-yard touchdown.

"He's come a long ways from spring," Caragher said of Watson. "I'm real encouraged by what he's doing. We'll keep feeding him and see how much he can come along."

  • Linebackers Vince Buhagiar and Christian Tago were the notables to not participate in the scrimmage. Buhagiar missed last season with shoulder surgery and sat out after he "dinged" it recently, Caragher said. Tago was out with a mildly strained groin. Caragher expects to have both back Monday.

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