SAN JOSE -- San Jose State wrapped up spring football practice Wednesday with a session aimed at preparing players for independent work over the next four months.

Spartans coach Ron Caragher and his staff spent the first half of practice running things, then turned it over to the players for the final 45 minutes. The players ran their own individual drills and then gathered for team work while the quarterbacks made the offensive play calls.

With spring practice complete, the coaches won't be with the players for football work until training camp begins Aug. 1, but players can organize and work out on their own.

"We tried to clean up some of the things we saw in the name of organization and communication and efficiency so they can have a better offseason," Caragher said. "I was pleased. Guys were pretty organized. They stepped up and led."

Caragher confirmed what was expected in that the quarterback competition between senior Blake Jurich and junior Joe Gray will continue into the summer.

"I think they both had good moments," Caragher said. "I loved Joe's spring game, I really did. He did a nice job in the spring game. But I also know, in fairness looking at the whole spring, Blake had some really good moments."

Gray completed 17 of 20 passes for 192 yards in the spring game, while Jurich was just 4 of 9 for 34 yards. Gray goes into the offseason as the unspoken favorite for the job, but Caragher said it's still close enough to hold off making a decision.

"It's not like it's totally lopsided," Caragher said. "The spring game, Joe did a really nice job, but I think overall it's competitive."

Caragher said he wants to see at least one more scrimmage during training camp in August before making a decision.

  • Ryan Harper, a senior backup safety who left Spartan Stadium in an ambulance at the spring game, suffered a torn patella tendon. The initial diagnosis on the scene had been a dislocated kneecap. He had surgery back home in Arizona and is recovering, but his career may be done.

    "Very challenging," Caragher said of his potential to return. "I know that he loves football. We've got to talk in time and see how things heal. It's just a tough thing."

  • Redshirt freshman running back Brandon Monroe had surgery on his right shoulder last week after injuring it in practice on March 14. He should be ready by training camp.

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