SAN JOSE -- When San Jose State quarterback David Fales drops back to pass, he surveys the field and sees receivers here, there and everywhere.
Take the Spartans' last game, a 40-20 thumping of Colorado State. San Jose State's top three pass-catching threats -- Noel Grigsby, Jabari Carr and Chandler Jones -- each had over 100 yards receiving. A fourth target, Kyle Nunn, caught five passes and threw a 43-yard touchdown pass.
And that's not including tight end Ryan Otten, who is still slowed slightly by an ankle injury but is one of the better tight ends in the country.
"Having people like that around me, it makes it a lot easier," Fales said. "They've got that confidence and they know what they're seeing and we're on the same page. It's nice."
Fales is a huge reason for San Jose State's early success. His 159.40 passer rating in his first three games as a Spartan is the highest for an SJSU quarterback in at least 40 years, and his completion percentage of 73.3 is eighth in the country.
It doesn't hurt that the receivers are all in at least their second year at San Jose State, with Fales being the newcomer after transferring from Monterey Peninsula College. Because he has put in equal work with all of them, there's no need for Fales to have a favorite target. He typically finds whomever is open.
Against Colorado State on Saturday, each receiver made big plays. Carr had a team- and career-high eight catches and caught two
Nunn's biggest contribution was his touchdown pass to Jones, but he had two receptions that gave the Spartans first downs to set up Austin Lopez's 26-yard second-quarter field goal.
"In games, we all feed off each other," Jones said.
When Otten gets rolling, the passing game could take off even more. Coach Mike MacIntyre said Otten's sprained right ankle is about 98 percent healthy. He has only seven catches for 107 yards so far after catching 52 passes for 739 yards last year.
"When they start having to overcompensate for our receivers, we have a phenomenal weapon," MacIntyre said of Otten. "He'll have some 10-catch ball games before it's over."
The attack has helped SJSU average 310.7 passing yards and 34 points per game.
Grigsby missed parts of practice Tuesday and Wednesday with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder but is expected to practice Thursday and play Saturday against San Diego State.
"He's such a little guy," MacIntyre said of the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Grigsby, "but he's so tough."
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