SAN JOSE -- As San Jose State's quarterback competition nears its conclusion, senior Blake Jurich has been getting the majority of the repetitions with the first team.

Coach Ron Caragher advised against reading too much into that, saying the battle between Jurich and junior Joe Gray isn't done.

"It's preferred by the guys to get some consistency with the unit," Caragher said Thursday. "The competition's open. They're both competing and doing a good job."

Caragher said, in particular, it's helpful to have each quarterback consistently working with the same center.

Asked if Jurich's first-team reps are a sign he's pulled into the lead, Caragher said, "He is having a good camp, but Joe's doing some good things too."

Caragher expects to make his decision Saturday night after the team's final scrimmage. The players might be told Sunday during the team's day off, and the starter is expected to begin getting all the first-team reps at Monday's practice.

Offensive coordinator Jimmie Dougherty, a former quarterback at Missouri, said ideally the quarterback situation is settled soon to allow the starter to get the bulk of the reps.

"We'd like it to be that way, and I'm sure the team would like it to be that way," Dougherty said. "But we're letting it play out day by day. We're looking for that consistency factor. The guy that puts us in the best positions, gives guys chances to make plays, doesn't turn the ball over, he does all those things that are Day 1 fundamentals. As soon as we feel good and comfortable about that, then we'll name a guy."


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  • The Spartans practiced in just shells (helmets and shoulder pads) on Thursday as Caragher decided to back off after Wednesday's two-a-day session. That was the last of only two two-a-days for SJSU this camp.

    "The tempo we're running we can get everything done in the shells," Caragher said. "It keeps the guys a little bouncy and gives them a little boost of energy."

  • The wide receiver corps was thin Thursday with starters Tyler Winston and Jabari Carr sitting out with minor injuries. Carr participated in individual drills but not 11-on-11 work. Winston wasn't suited up.

    Promising freshman Justin Holmes remains out after suffering a concussion in Saturday's scrimmage. K.C. Pearce was out with a groin injury and Chris Kearney with an ankle injury, but Caragher said none of the injuries appear serious.

  • Redshirt freshman offensive lineman/tight end Nico Aimonetti had shoulder surgery and is out for the season, Caragher said.

  • Saturday's final scrimmage of camp will be followed by the team's annual FanFest. Gates open at 4 p.m., with the scrimmage starting at 4:30. Admission is free, and free parking is available in the Seventh Street lot. Concession stands will be open.

    The FanFest begins at 6 p.m. and makes players available for autographs and photos. At 7:30 p.m., the Quarterback Club will host a "Feed the Players" dinner, which costs $40 for nonclub members.

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